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Rustic Irish Chicken and Cabbage Stew Recipe

Rustic Irish Chicken and Cabbage Stew Recipe

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Make yourself a delicious comfort dish with this simple yet filling Irish chicken and cabbage stew recipe that’s cooked using a crockpot. It’s not just any ordinary chicken cabbage soup. This Irish chicken stew, like any other classic Irish stew recipes, needs one essential ingredient: Guinness stout beer. Combine this with the chicken broth to achieve that appetizing umami taste that goes well with the chicken meat, bacon rashers, herbs, and vegetables. Enjoy it alongside some tasty mashed potatoes or crusty bread rolls.

Tips on Making Rustic Irish Chicken and Cabbage Stew

There are a lot of ways you can make this Irish chicken and cabbage stew taste wonderful! The stout beer is just one way of giving your broth that delicious depth of flavor. You can also add in other flavorful ingredients that would make this hearty chicken stewed cabbage dish taste even better. Get your crock pot or instant pot ready and try out some of our tips and variations below:

  • Try other kinds of meat such as beef, pork, or lamb. This recipe works great with other meat as well so feel free to switch up your meat from time to time. If you want to try a more traditional Irish stew dish, then using lamb meat is the way to go. You can also try making an Irish beef stew which mixes in tomato paste for a richer and thicker tasting broth. 
  • Substitute bacon rashers with sausage slices. Other kinds of Irish stew recipes also include sausage slices. It’s a delicious alternative you can try for a meatier taste. Instead of simple bacon bits, try adding in flavored smoked sausage slices to add a bit of subtle spice and smoky notes. 
  • Add in other vegetables like celery, peas, cauliflower, sun dried tomatoes or diced tomatoes. The extra vegetables will make the broth taste even sweeter. Remember to add leafy vegetables a few minutes before it’s done cooking so that it won’t be too mushy to eat.
  • Mix in a packet of onion soup mix or Italian seasoning for a delicious onion and herb flavor combination. You can add more spices into the broth to enhance its umami flavor. Adding in either onion soup mix or Italian seasoning will surely elevate the taste of your cabbage stew. 

Make a lovely pot of savory chicken and cabbage stew that's doused with beer for a richer taste. Ideal for lunch or dinner on rainy days and perfect for a get-together on St. Patrick's Day!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 7 hrs 30 mins
Total: 7 hrs 45 mins


  • 28 oz cabbage, (1 whole head), roughly diced
  • 8 oz yellow onion, cut into small dice
  • 8 oz potatoes, roughly diced
  • 4 oz carrots, roughly diced
  • lb chicken thighs, bone-in
  • 8 oz bacon rashers, cooked and roughly chopped
  • 8 oz button mushrooms, canned, drained
  • 14 oz stout beer, of your choice, preferably Guinness
  • 3 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste

To Serve:

  • mashed potatoes, or baked potatoes
  • crusty bread


  1. Combine the beer, 2½ cups of broth, garlic, bay leaves, and thyme. Set aside.

  2. Place the onions at the bottom of the crockpot.

  3. On the bed of onions, layer the chicken pieces on top.

  4. Distribute the bacon and mushrooms evenly on top of the chicken.

  5. Pour the beer mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook over High for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low for 6 to 7 hours

  6. Roughly 2 hours before the stew is ready, add the potatoes and carrots.

  7. Add your cabbage roughly 1 hour before the stew is ready. Continue cooking.

  8. Roughly 15 minutes before it is ready to be served, dissolve the flour in the remaining broth.

  9. Temporary remove chicken from the mix and set aside. Add your slurry into the crockpot while stirring.

  10. Once the starch has been combined, return the chicken, season to taste with salt and pepper and allow to finish cooking

  11. Serve together with potatoes of your choice, or crusty bread.


  • Sugar: 8g
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  • Calcium: 97mg
  • Calories: 591kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Cholesterol: 155mg
  • Fat: 38g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Potassium: 1071mg
  • Protein: 32g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Sodium: 825mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 3420IU
  • Vitamin C: 69mg
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is boiled cabbage good for you?

Yes. It’s a vegetable that’s packed with nutrients such as vitamins C and K. Consuming boiled cabbages, especially when they’re slow cooked in a crockpot, is a great way to fully enjoy the health benefits of the cabbage. Cooked vegetables release more nutrients and antioxidants than raw vegetables. The boiled cabbage in this slow cooker cabbage soup with chicken dish is perfectly healthy and safe to eat.

How do you cut cabbage for stew?

With a sharp knife, start slicing the cabbage in half then into quarters. Flip each cabbage quarter over and remove the thick core with the knife. Afterwards, place the quarter cabbages flat side down and cut into slices lengthwise. Keep the slices at least an inch thick. Then, cut the slices into squares to get the desired cabbage slices.

Can you freeze cabbage soup?

Yes, you can. Store the dish in an airtight container before placing it in the freezer. Cabbage stew can last for up to 3 months in the freezer, and 5 days in the refrigerator. When ready to consume again, reheat it using the microwave or stovetop. Keep the heat around medium to low heat to prevent the soup from drying up.

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Enjoy this classic Irish chicken and cabbage stew dish that doesn’t disappoint. This vegetable soup is the perfect dish for when it’s cold outside. The rich and umami taste of the broth mixed with the chicken and vegetables make this stew a delicious dish to eat with family and friends.
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