This Italian stew makes a great, filling, healthy supper. Serve with biscuits to dip in. Adapted from Everyday Italian by Giada De Laurentiis.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, plus more to taste
- 14 1⁄2 ounces chopped tomatoes, undrained
- 14 ounces reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1⁄2 cup fresh basil leaf, torn
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 bay leaf
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 chicken breasts, with ribs (about 1 1/2 lbs)
- 15 ounces kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- Saute celery, carrots and onion in a large saucepan/stockpot in oil over medium heat until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in salt, pepper, tomatoes, broth, basil, tomato paste, bay leaf, and thyme.
- Add chicken breasts with ribs and press them down to submerge under the liquid and bring liquid to a simmer.
- Reduce heat and gently simmer the chicken, turning them over often for about 20 minutes, or until chicken breasts are almost cooked through.
- Add kidney beans and simmer for 10 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through.
- Take chicken out of saucepan and let cool 5 minutes, then cut chicken into bite-size pieces and discard bones and skin.
- Discard bay leaf and put chicken pieces back into stew and bring back to a simmer, adding salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with biscuits for dunking and enjoy!
This was a very good stew. I did add a bit more tomato paste than the recipe called for because I thought it was a bit runny.
Excellent Italian stew! I originally forgot to add the kidney beans and it still tasted good but I went back and added the beans it tasted even better! The kidney beans help to make it a complete and filling stew. The basil and bay leaf add good flavor to the stew. Next time I may add a little Italian seasoning and let it simmer a little longer. Thanks for the delicious stew Karamia1