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Georgians and Virginians both claim that this stew originated in their respective town of Brunswick and Brunswick County. I may be a born and raised Virginia girl, but I'm offering this classic recipe for all of you to try. I've adapted it from vol. 2 of my Gourmet Slow-Cooker - you can throw it all in a crock pot, or follow my second step of browning for added flavor. Serve with a lighter red wine, like Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, or even a Cabernet Franc, and enjoy!
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 lb chicken, boneless and skinless (breast or thighs)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 (6 ounce) pork chops
- 1 yellow onion, sliced to your preference (I use thin slices, but thick or diced could work as well)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (can add more to get the "kick" you want)
- 16 ounces canned diced tomatoes
- 1 cup chicken stock or 1 cup water
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen lima beans, thawed
- 1 (8 ounce) package corn kernels, thawed (can also use fresh)
- Combine the flour, salt, garlic powder, and pepper in a Ziploc bag; add the chicken pieces and shake until coated evenly.
- Add the vegetable oil to a sauté pan on medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until browned on both sides, then add chicken and (not browned) pork chops to the crock pot.
- Sauté the chopped onion in the oil and meat drippings until browned. Add to slow cooker.
- Combine tomatoes, Worcestershire, and Tabasco; pour over meat.
- Add the chicken stock/water to the crock pot.
- Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, until the chicken is tender.
- Add the lima beans and corn; continue cooking for another 1-2 hours until the vegetables are tender.
- Remove chicken and pork from the crock pot; shred meat with two forks and return to stew.
If it's fall in Virginia, it's time for Brunswick Stew! This recipe is an authentic, easy, flavorful and comforting dish. I highly recommend it!