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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Chicken Stew

I love this Giada recipe. It is so fresh and healthy, yet feels hearty. It also reheats very well for lunch or dinner the next day. I served it with cornbread.

Chicken Stew
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14-oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 (14-oz) can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 C fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 2 chicken breast with ribs (about 1 1/2 lbs total)
  • 1 (15 oz) can organic kidney beans, drained (rinsed if not organic)
  • Serving suggestion: Crusty bread
  1. Heat the oil in a heavy 5 1/2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the celery, carrot, and onion. Saute the vegetables until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in the tomatoes with their juices, chicken broth, basil, tomato paste, bay leaf, and thyme. Add the chicken breasts; press to submerge.
  2. Bring the cooking liquid to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently uncovered until the chicken is almost cooked through, turning the chicken breasts over and stirring the mixture occasionally, about 25 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the chicken breasts to a work surface and cool for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. Add the kidney beans to the pot and simmer until the liquid has reduced into a stew consistency, about 10 minutes.
  3. Discard the skin and bones from the chicken breasts. Shred or cut the chicken into bite- size pieces. Return the chicken meat to the stew. Bring the stew just to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Ladle the stew into serving bowls and serve with the bread.

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