Chicken Stew

TOTAL TIME: 50 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 5 min
Cook: 35 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 carrot, peeled, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce) can low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 chicken breast with ribs (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can organic kidney beans, drained (rinsed if not organic)
    • Serving suggestion: crusty bread
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      Directions

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Ladle the stew into serving bowls and serve with the bread.

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      • on June 24, 2012

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        Very easy and super yummy! I made it for my girlfriend and me and several of the girls at my office tried it and liked it. I made two pots: one I followed exactly and one I gave my southern LA (lots of spice touch. They were both great. My gf took the leftovers of the mild version. I ate the remainder of the spicy one! I ate it for 3 meals and it may have gotten better each time. Highly recommended for anyone, but especially novice cooks like myself. This recipe will trick people into thinking you know what you're doing, lol!

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      • on September 26, 2011

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        What a fantastic meal.The flavors are delicious.I followed the recipe exactly as written.My wife went back for seconds and said that it was the best stew she has ever ate.And I have to agree.You must try this recipe,I promise you will not be sorry.Thanks BELLA [Giada].Bella means beautiful in Italian.From one Italian to another, Roger Staccone

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