Japanese Cream Stew With Chicken and Broccoli

Japanese Cream Stew With Chicken and Broccoli

The Spruce / Andrew Bui

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Cream stew is a popular Japanese dish that is often served at home, as well as at family-style restaurants and cafes. In Japanese cuisine, a cream stew is considered "yoshoku" which refers to a style of Western cuisine that has been adapted with a uniquely Japanese twist.

Popular Variations

Japanese cream stew is characterized by a cream or dairy-based broth that is slightly thickened and includes traditional proteins such as chicken or pork. Other proteins that may be included are fish (white fish or salmon) or seafood (shrimp) and vegetables. Commonly used vegetables are potatoes, carrots, and onions. Broccoli and mushrooms are also popular additions to Japanese cream stew.

Homemade cream stew can easily be made from scratch using the recipe below. However, it can also be made with any brand of cream stew roux that is pre-made and available at Japanese grocery stores.

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken thigh (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil​
  • 1 onion (sliced into 1/4-inch thick pieces)
  • 1 carrot (peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 2 potatoes (peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 chicken consomme or bullion cubes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 broccoli (cut into small chunks)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Japanese Cream Stew With Chicken and Broccoli ingredients

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  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

    chicken with salt and pepper in a bowl

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  3. In a deep stew pot over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil and saute the chicken until browned.

    chicken cooking in a stew pot

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  4. Add the onion and saute on medium heat until soft and translucent.

    cook onions with chicken in a pot

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  5. Add the carrot and potatoes and stir-fry quickly.

    add carrots and potatoes to the chicken and onions in the pot

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  6. Pour 2 1/2 cups of water into the pan with the vegetables and bring to a boil.

    add water to the chicken and vegetables mixture in the pot

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  7. Reduce the heat to low and add the consomme (or bullion) cubes. Simmer until carrots and potatoes are softened.

    add bullion cube to the chicken and vegetables mixture in the pot

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  8. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan make the white sauce: Melt the butter on low heat and stir in the flour.

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  9. Cook the flour until it bubbles, making sure to mix well continuously.

    butter and flour in a saucepan

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  10. Pour the milk into the flour mixture and cook on medium heat, stirring quickly until it begins to thicken slightly.

    milk, butter and flour mixture in a saucepan

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  11. Reduce heat to low and cook until the sauce is thick, making sure to stir constantly. Turn off the heat and set aside.

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  12. In a small bowl, take about 1/3 cup of the soup broth from the chicken and vegetable stew and mix with cream cheese until it melts.

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  13. Add the cream cheese and soup broth mixture back into the stew.

    cream cheese mixture added to the stew in the pot

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  14. Add the white sauce to the stew and stir lightly.

    white sauce added to the stew in the pot

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  15. Add broccoli and simmer for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Enjoy.

    broccoli added to the Japanese Cream Stew With Chicken and Broccoli in the pot

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