Recipe by RedVinoGirl
This is courtesy of Giada. SUPER yummy....freezes well so you can make a double batch. I shred the chicken to best disperse the chicken in the stew. The recipe states you should serve this with crusty bread, however, I cook up a pound of elbow macaroni and add to the bowls as I serve to make this a true kid pleaser.
- 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 & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
- 1 (14 ounce) can low sodium chicken broth
- 1⁄2 cup fresh basil leaf, torn into pieces
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 bay leaf
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1 1⁄2 lbs chicken breasts, with ribs (I use boneless or skinless)
- 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained (rinsed if not organic)
- 1 lb pasta, cooked (small pasta of choice) (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.