Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew Recipe

A delicious, authentic Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew recipe. This dish is hugely popular in our kitchen.

Le Creuset Dutch oven filled with an authentic Chinese chicken & russet potato stew recipe.

Greetings, fellow food fans! Today, I bring you Dave’s (Zhengzheng) delicious Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew recipe.

Why this Recipe Works

When Dave (our former exchange student from Shanghai – who now lives nearby in Minnesota) visits and wants to cook, this recipe from his family in China is at the top of our list. We’ve had it over 30 times. 😂

We love it so much because it’s so flavorful. The more Dave makes it, the more spice he adds because we’ve grown to enjoy that. But initially, he made it very mild. It’s really wonderful either way.

This recipe is so very cozy and comforting. It’s perfect for cooler weather, but we make it year-round. Remember to add Chinese sauteed shrimp and vegetable lo mein noodles to your recipe list to make, also.

Stew is also a healthy meal and perfect for adding in all kinds of nutritious ingredients. Mushrooms, celery, carrots, potatoes, anything goes!

Chicken stew would also be an excellent one-pot dinner party entree. We have doubled the recipe for 16 people more than once. I know your family and friends will love it too!

Don’t miss this tasty and easy pork belly stir fry, also.


Below are the main ingredients you need to make this recipe. Check out the recipe card at the bottom for the complete list and exact measurements.

Chicken Thighs

You will need 3 lbs of boneless chicken thighs for one batch. You can add more if you prefer a thicker stew. I usually buy the organic chicken variety in the freezer section at Costco. I have also purchased them in the grocery section at Target or at other local grocery stores. Chicken thighs also work well in these easy chicken enchiladas.

Note: Be sure to look for boneless. It’s ten times faster than cutting the meat off the bone. 

For more tender chicken recipes, don’t miss this instant pot crack chicken, air fryer chicken souvlaki, or delicious chicken marsala!


We add in all of these nutritious veggies below for a robust and hearty stew but add in all of your favorites that we missed.

Red onion
Green onions

White bowl full of ingredients for an authentic Chinese Chicken & Potato Stew recipe.

Spices and Flavorings

We use all the spices below in the recipe. Most of these are available at a regular U.S. grocery store, except for the last three items. 

You can find the last three ingredients at an Asian grocery store, or I have also included a link if you want to purchase from (affiliate links included below)

Light Beer (Coors Light or similar)
Red chilies
Bay leaves
Light soy sauce
Dark soy sauce
Chinese rice cooking wine
Broad Bean Sauce


Play around adding or swapping out the vegetables that you love. We love celery and mushrooms, but carrots and sweet potatoes would be an interesting addition, too.

Add hearty fresh herbs such as bay leaves at the beginning of your cooking.

Toss in your more delicate herbs, such as green onions or parsley, towards the end of cooking to hold up and maintain their flavor.

What to Serve with Stew

When serving, stews can stand alone, but they are even more deliciously served over a carb, such as rice, mashed potatoes, polenta, or noodles.

We love this Chicken and Potato Stew recipe over rice, cauliflower rice, or with Chinese LoMein.

Add a side of yummy pork dumplings, or try one of these Asian side dishes. Or, include a good old-fashioned carb, like crusty bread or rolls.

For another cozy meal, try this mediterranean lentil soup. Or enjoy an altogether different chicken dish with this Easy Chicken Adobo Recipe.


What is the Difference Between Stew and Soup?

Both stew and soup are dishes that contain a mixture of meat or fish and vegetables cooked in liquid. The main difference between these two hearty meals is the amount of liquid that is used in each. Stew commonly contains less liquid than soup. Stew combines coarse cuts of meat, fish, and slow-cooked vegetables in a minimum amount of liquid, transforming into a flavorful gravy. Vegetables such as beans, carrots, mushrooms, onions, peppers, potatoes, and/or tomatoes are commonly used.

Do potatoes thicken stew?

Yes, potatoes can act as a natural thickening agent in a stew. When cooked, they release starch into the broth. This starch has a thickening effect, which helps to give the stew a heartier and thicker consistency.

Can you overcook a chicken stew?

Yes, it is possible to overcook chicken stew. Overcooking can make the chicken dry and tough, and the vegetables may become mushy. It’s important to monitor the cooking time and temperature to avoid overcooking stew. Heat until the chicken is fully cooked and tender and the stew flavors have melded together.


When the weather cools down, there is nothing better than mixing up a big batch of hearty stew; bonus, you do not need many tools to do it! It only requires a cooking vessel, a sharp knife, a cutting boards, and a large spoon or spatula.

Here is my favorite kitchen pot that we use to make this stew recipe.

Dutch Oven/French Oven

We find the best container for this recipe is a Dutch oven, stockpot, or wok. Check out these other delicious Dutch oven beef recipes.

My favorite is my Le Creuset enameled Dutch oven, sometimes referred to as a French oven. It is excellent for making soups and stews, although you can also use it for braising and frying, too. Contains affiliate links.

Choose from so many gorgeous colors, ranging from the 5-1/2 quart Flame Orange or the Caribbean Blue to the beautiful 7-1/4 quart Indigo Blue!

My Le Creuset Dutch Oven in the photos above is 7-1/4 quart Flame Orange.

These pots are made from heavy cast iron. They heat up smoothly and evenly, making them awesome for cooking.

What sets them apart from regular cast iron is their beautiful enameled finish. The smooth enamel is durable, less likely to stick, and easier to clean than bare cast iron.

This is a favorite kitchen tool for so many people, and I finally discovered why! I use mine all the time.

Firstly, it’s jewelry for your kitchen. I leave mine out on the stove 24/7 to add a punch of color.

Use it on your stove to simmer, sauté, boil, or sear, then use it in your oven to bake or broil. Le Creuset pots are beautiful enough to use for serving, too. See the Le Creuset styles.

Without further ado, here is Dave’s delicious authentic Chinese chicken and potato stew recipe. I am so sure that you will LOVE it.

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Le Creuset Dutch Oven full of an authentic Chinese Chicken & Potato Stew recipe.

Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew

  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This authentic Chinese Chicken Potato Stew makes a comforting and flavorful dinner! It’s perfect for a family dinner or for entertaining a small group. Enjoy!



23 tablespoon oil

4 star anise, whole

3 dried red chilies, coarsely chopped

3 bay leaves

46 green onions, sliced, reserve 1/4 for garnish

chunk of ginger (18 g or 5/8 oz), coarsely chopped

6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

3 lbs chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, cubed

6 tablespoons light soy sauce

3/4 tablespoon of dark soy sauce

1 tablespoon Chinese rice cooking wine

1.5 tablespoons Sichuan Style Broad Bean Sauce, recommended

one 12 oz can light beer, Coors Light or similar, or water

3 russet potatoes, cut into 3/8 inch chunks

1 package of mushrooms, sliced

1 red onion, coarsely cut

1/2 teaspoon of sugar

salt, to taste


Prepare all veggies you are using. Coarsely chop red chilies, the (peeled) ginger, and the garlic. Slice the green onion. Peel potatoes and cube, and slice the mushroom and red onion. Cut up the chicken.

Heat Dutch oven over medium-high heat, then add oil. Add the anise, red chilies, and bay leaves. Stir for 1 minute. Remove from pan and discard. Add 3/4 of the green onion, ginger, and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Be careful not to burn. Add in chicken pieces and pan-fry until meat turns white.

Add light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, Chinese rice cooking wine, and Sichuan Style Broad Bean Sauce. Mix and stir for another 1-2 minutes. Add one can of light beer (or substitute water) and bring to a boil.

Next, add the potatoes and mushrooms. Stir to incorporate. Cover and boil potatoes until tender over high heat.

Next, add onions and stir. Cook for another 3-4 mins; add sugar and salt to taste. 

Garnish with the remaining green onions before serving. Serve over steamed rice or cauliflower rice. Enjoy!


Celery optional. We used to add celery (when these pics were taken), but often leave it out.

Broad Bean Sauce. This ingredient is available at most Asian grocery stores.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Chinese chicken potato stew, Chinese, chicken stew, porridge, potatoes,

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Nutrition. The nutritional values listed are an approximation. Actual amounts may vary. Statements regarding dietary information are to be used at your discretion & should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

15 comments on “Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew Recipe

  1. As a fortunate recipient of the ZhengZheng crafted stew, I can say that the savory and flavorful blend of unique spices takes me to a familiar yet exotic place. This dish is reminiscent of a great American comfort stew with some mild zest.
    If you’d like a hearty, filling, and delicious meal, try this great recipe!

      1. Tried the Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew tonight and it was delicious! Perfect pairing with lo mein noodles, great friends, and wine. The ginger enhances all the unique flavors and brings your taste buds alive!

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