Spanish Style Chicken Stew and CSN Giveaway

Spanish Style Chicken Stew

Recently I was contacted by the good people at CSN Stores to host a giveaway for my readers on this blog. I was thrilled to be given the opportunity as I have seen this being done on several other blogs. Do check out their fabulous range of dutch oven (s) with brand names like Le Creuset, Staub, and Demeyere, to name a few, from 200+ online stores, one of which is

Anyway, here’s the deal. CSN will present a $50 gift certificate to one of you, my wonderful readers, to spend in any one of their stores. You will have no problems selecting something you like as they have a great selection of items to choose from. I wish I could open this to all my readers but this time it is for the folks in the US and Canada only, as stipulated by the event. Folks in Canada may have to pay international shipping charges if you win. Perhaps I could do a separate giveaway for my overseas readers at a later time. Please continue to comment as your comments are very much appreciated.

Here is how you enter.

1. Go to their website and tell me what you would like to buy from there.
2. Become a follower of this blog and leave me a comment. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment :)
3. Or you can also become a fan on Facebook and leave me a comment here.

This giveaway will open till 9:00pm Central time Wednesday, September 1st. I will randomly pick a winner and make the announcement on Thursday, September 2nd. Thank you for becoming my friend and for participating.

Talking about dutch ovens, I must say I really do enjoy cooking with my Le Creuset dutch ovens. I was fortunate to come across older ones that do not have the enamel coating on the inside. Yes, I was surprised to see that such pieces even existed and I love them all. They work beautifully. If someone out there has a similar pieces, I would love to hear from you. Anyway, I use them frequently and they are really well seasoned by now and behave almost like a non-stick pans. They are great for browning meats, stews, and soups.

While Le Creuset is regarded as the gold standard for French enameled cast iron cookware, did you know that there was another French company that once rivaled them called Cousances? I believe they are no longer produced under that name as they were acquired by Le Creuset. A feature that distinguished them from their competitors was the base which was left without enamel. I chance upon this dutch oven, the only piece of its kind, at a store in Colorado some years back. Of course at that time I did not know about Cousances but the lady at the store kindly explained. Notice however, that the base on this piece is enameled like the other Le Creuset pieces but the interior is not.

Spanish Style Chicken Stew

Now, for today’s recipe, I made Spanish Style Chicken Stew which I have not made in a while. This recipe calls for saffron which is used in Paella, a very well known Spanish dish. I find saffron fragrant with a slight hint of bitterness. I love the color it imparts when soaked, giving foods a rich, yellow-orange color. I would like to use it more but it’s price can be prohibitive. Fortunately, a little of it goes a long way. The other post that has safforn in it on this blog is Sumac and Rosemary Crusted Lamb with Saffron Pistachio Pilaf. Do check it out.

Spanish Style Chicken Stew

Note: If you prefer not to use saffron, you can substitute it with a ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric. I have made this dish many times using ground turmeric as saffron is an expensive spice and not something I keep in my pantry. I only buy it occasionally.

The recipe below was adapted from Simply Sedap by Chef Wan, one of Asia’s top celebrity chefs. I added a can of garbanzo beans or chickpeas to the stew. Please feel free to leave them out if you prefer not to have them in there.

Spanish Style Chicken Stew
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 6 servings
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 20 oz (560g) boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 1 can (14.5oz/410g) diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup (70g) pitted black olives
  • ½ cup green olives or pimiento stuffed olives
  • 1 can (15 oz/425g) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  1. Soak saffron in 2 tablespoons warm water for 5 minutes. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto chicken.
  2. In a large pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Brown chicken for about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan. Sauté onions, garlic, carrots, and peppers for about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in thyme, basil, saffron with its liquid, tomatoes with their liquid, black olives, green olives, and garbanzo beans.
  5. Bring to a boil. Add salt. Return chicken back to the pan. Reduce heat, cover, and continue to cook for about 15 minutes.
  6. Remove and serve warm.

Spanish Style Chicken Stew
NOTE: This post was updated on February 20th, 2013 with new pictures. No changes were made to the recipe.

Spanish Style Chicken Stew

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎

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  1. Kamalika says

    LOved to try a luck, Biren, to get the attractive set…..Very informative post on dutch ovens…
    The dish sounds awesome…LOved the addition of multiple flavours ..mainly the saffron…..

  2. lequan@luvtoeat says

    Hey Biren,

    I love this dish, seems like yummy comfort food. It looks delicious! I really like a lot of the ingredients used in this, especially the olives. I'm going to bookmark this and give it a try some time when I'm not in the mood for my usual Chinese food. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Hope you're having a great weekend!

  3. Julie M. says

    Yum! That dish looks delicious! I'm definitely in for your giveaway. I'm already a follower and I'm off to join your facebook page now! I hope you had a great weekend!

  4. Cook with Madin says

    The dish looks awesome. This is my kind of comfort food, especially if I can eat them with rice. I'll head on to your Chili Con Carne and Tomato Rice.
    I love to use my dutch oven too, it's just great to have those.

  5. Ambika says

    Hey, lovely blog!!

    I would love to win :)…I would love to own this Le Creuset 10 " round skillet grill. I'm following your blog and all set to win!

  6. Stella says

    Oh Biren, your chicken looks wonderful! I love the look of a dish with a lot of olives. It kind of sounds North African too with the spices listed, and it looks like a dish that would take a long time like those types of dishes, but it's actually fast-that's nice.
    Ooh, Le Creuset dutch oven awesomeness sounds great too (smile).
    p.s. your rice down at the bottom looks perfectly cooked. I love that…

  7. MissionFood says

    Great info on the Dutch ovens! I love Le Crueset, but never knew about their competitors, haha. I would love to get a mandolin from CSN stores… something I've wanted for a while :)

  8. jillyann says

    Since I'm already a follower on your blog, I guess I don't have to mention that. As always, you post the most lovely photos and recipeS Biren and this one is no exception. As for what I would buy…I actually LOVE that dutch oven that you have pictured. I have a few Le Cruset pieces but not the dutch oven…love them. I will "like" you on FB as, if i haven't already (I can't remember).

  9. MaryMoh says

    What a lovely giveaway! I think I must move to the States…haha. Love that Spanish chicken dish. Love all the ingredients there. Must be very delicious…mmm

  10. Anncoo says

    This is really a delicious dish with saffron in it. I want to bookmark it to cook for my family during the weekend. Thanks Biren :)

  11. Joanne says

    Oh I do love Le Creuset, mostly because of the delicious meals they allow you to create. This paella looks right on point.

  12. Sarah C says

    Oh, I love saffron. I can almost smell that chicken through the screen!
    I would love 6 qt Le Creuset stock pot from CSN Stores.

  13. IJust LoveMyApron says

    Biren, great dish. It sounded like a great comfort food. Thinking of saffron fragrant makes me hungry already! Eating it with rice is something I won't hesitate to dive in. I've been wanting a Dutch Oven!

  14. Renee Richardson says

    I am a Google Friend. I would really love to have the Black & Decker Grand Openings Elite Can Opener & Knife Sharpener. My current opener is holding on for dear life. LOL!!! Thanks for the great giveaway. Your blog is making my mouth water.

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

  15. Faith says

    What a delicious stew! I love the pretty bowl you served it in. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I would love to get some half sheet pans.

  16. Reeni says

    This is so hearty and delicious Biren with the saffron flavoring it! I love the olives in it too. And I would love to get a new sprinform pan for my holiday baking.

  17. Pam says

    Biren, your chicken dish looks delicious! Great giveaway you have and if I won I'd love a red baking dish. I've been following your blog for a good while and looks forward to your great recipes!

  18. Juliana says

    Biren, I love rice dish…specially the one pot ones :-) Your rice dish sure looks very tasty…and lovely giveaway.

  19. freebies27 says

    I'm a subscriber and follower ….I 'm hoping to get a digital kitchen scale from CSN. Great giveaway.

    Reb (

  20. denise fletcher says

    What an appetising dish – love the flavours and the colours are wonderful. I also like the serving bowl – it looks like a Polish Pottery piece.

    Good luck with your giveaway. I wish you many entries.

  21. Cooking Gallery says

    The spanish style chicken looks delicious…! A pity that I cannot join in, I don't reside in the US/Canada :(.

  22. Jennifer McLachlan says

    i would love to try the Rachael Ray “Bubble & Brown” 2-Piece Stoneware Baker Set in Green – 51030

  23. Cristina says

    Nice giveaway! First time visiting a CSN store. Where to begin with what I'd want…probably baking accessories. Pick me! :)

    Beautiful looking stew and that pinch of saffron must be lovely. Comfort food for sure.

  24. Nelsby says

    Tough decision! I would choose either the Dr. Scholl's Scream sandals in Black or the Dr. Scholl's Original in Taupe Snake.
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. Julie L says

    KitchenAid Cookware Gourmet Reserved Hard Base 8" & 10" Skillet Twin Pack in Red – 19438 I would get this …u have a delightful blog :)

    thanks for the giveaway

  26. Cori Westphal says

    I am in LOVE with CSN! My fave product is the Home Styles 24" Contour Stool with Natural Finish!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  27. Carolsue says

    Your recipes sound GREAT! Yum!
    Anyway, I would like the Paula Deen 5 Qt. Porcelain Covered Saute Pan with Helper Handle in Charcoal
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  28. Karine Traverse says

    I have a a severe coffee addiction, but when I make coffee at home it just doesn't taste as good as it does at the coffee shops. I remember loving coffee from my mother's percolator so I would get a Farberware percolator.

  29. lisa says

    Hi Biren! this looks fantastic and what a nice giveaway. Your Chicken stew looks so beautiful! and love SAFFRON, just gives it a a special touch* Thank you for the recipe I usually use bone in chicken for my dish :) and definitely with white rice!!
    Going to try my luck for the giveaway , let's see what i need , i just moved and looking for a toaster oven, so here :
    Hamilton Beach Convection Oven – 31207
    SKU #: HMB1205

    CookNg SIsters

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