Brunswick Stew


Low sodium Brunswick Stew is a southern comfort dish perfect for cool weather. This hearty low sodium stew won’t leave you hungry but it will prevent you from filling up on salt. It has an ingredient list that is a little on the long side, but it’s really just a dump and heat recipe that doesn’t take long at all.

This low sodium Brunswick Stew is made with pulled chicken, but you could easily use pork if you prefer. Since stews get better as you let the ingredients marinate together, this dish is perfect to make the night before a tailgate. I promise the touchdowns won’t be the only thing your friends will be raving about. And I bet they don’t even realize it is a low salt dish!

In order to make this a quick and easy dish, I bypass smoking the chicken. Smoking your meat gives a great depth of flavor to your dish, but it is a time-consuming event. I opt to boil my chicken and shred it with two forks. Then I’ll add a bit of liquid smoke to the dish. Is that cheating? Perhaps. But I see it as a way to save time without sacrificing flavor.

A bit of history for you. Originally Brunswick Stew was made with small game animals such as squirrel, rabbit or possum meat. (Luckily, today most people make theirs with chicken and/or pork.) There’s also a fight over where this southern staple was invented. Brunswick County, Virginia and Brunswick, Georgia both claim to be the stew’s birthplace.

This dish is perfect when served with some low sodium cornbread. Click here to get that recipe.

Low Sodium Brunswick Stew

Low Sodium Brunswick Stew

Yield: 8 servings
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Here's a low sodium recipe for a delicious Brunswick Stew, a southern dish featuring a tomato base with chicken and vegetables. The secret for a little tang is the inclusion of some low salt barbeque sauce.


  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1½-pounds (about 3 cups) of chicken breast, boiled and shredded
  • 1 can (28-ounce) of no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (16-ounce) of no-salt-added creamed corn
  • 1 bag (12-ounce) bag of frozen lima beans
  • 1 cup of no-salt-added chicken broth
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce (use homemade no-salt-added bbq sauce or purchase low sodium bbq sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of low sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of liquid smoke


  1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook until the onions begin to get transparent - about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and lima beans. Cook for 2 minutes to give your lima beans a head start on fully cooking.
  3. Add chicken, chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, creamed corn, barbeque sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and liquid smoke. Stir all ingredients together. Simmer for 20-30 minutes stirring occasionally.


  • You could use diced tomatoes if you prefer some larger tomato chunks. I like to use crushed tomatoes because they create a nice stew consistency.
  • No Salt Added Creamed Corn can be difficult to find in your grocery store. If you can't find the creamed corn or don't like creamed corn, simply use a can of no salt added corn. You can also use a bag of frozen corn if you like because that never has added salt. But if you use frozen, defrost it in the microwave otherwise it will add to your cooking time.
  • It is super easy to make no-salt-added barbeque sauce, click here for that recipe. But if you don't have the time, you can purchase low sodium barbeque sauce online from Healthy Heart Market. Click here to view that product. If you make your own, you'll reduce each serving by 40 mg of sodium.
  • You could chop up some potatoes and add them to the stew if you'd like. I would recommend parboiling them before adding them to the stew pot.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 Amount Per Serving Calories 193Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 35mgSodium 170mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 4gSugar 10gProtein 11g

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