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Italian Chicken Stew Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Cristina Ruggiero-Mendoza
Added: Sunday, April 2, 2006

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
olive oil
2 stalks celery, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 carrot, peeled, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 small onion, chopped
salt
pepper
1 (14 1/2 oz) can of chopped tomatoes (Italian seasoned tomatoes, if you like, which I do)
1 (14oz) can low-salt chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
2 chicken breasts with ribs (1 1/2 lbs total)
1 (15 oz) can organic kidney beans, drained (rinsed if not organic)

Directions:
Directions:
Heat olive oil in large Durch oven over medium heat. Add the celery, carrot, and onion. Saute until the onion is translucent, about 5 min. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the tomatoes with their juices, chicken broth, basil torn in to pieces, tomato paste, bay leaf and thyme. Add the chicken breasts, press to submerge.
Bring the cooking liquid to a simmer. (Add a sprig fresh rosemary, if desired) Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer gently until the chicken is almost cooked through, turining the breasts over and stirring the mixture occasionally, about 25 minutes. Transfer breasts to a work surface and let cool for 5 min. Discard the bay leaf and rosemary stem. Add the kidney beans to the pot and simmer until the liquid has reduced to a stew consistency, about 10 minutes.
Discard the skin and bones from the chicken breasts. Shred the chicken into bite-size pieces. Return the chicken meat to the stew. Bring the stew just to a simmer, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Serve in large bowls with a dusting of chopped fresh Italian parsley and crusty bread, if you do not fear The Carbohydrate.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
4-6
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
15 min
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This takes about 45 minutes to make, but I think it's worth it. And, it's a really hearty meal that is composed of pretty inexpensive ingredients. Also, most of the ingredients you'll probably have hanging around anyway. So, it's pretty easy, which is what I go for in a recipe.

 

 

 

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