Italian Chicken Stew

"I started w/ Giada De Laurentis' (Everyday Italian Food Network) recipe and tweaked it to my own tastes (ie: I added the wine and garlic, changed the fresh basil to dried, only because I didn't have any on hand-I'm sure fresh is better, I used fire roasted tomatoes instead of plain, and I changed the kidney beans to cannellini beans). We had some crusty roasted garlic bread with this."
Italian Chicken Stew created by sweetomato
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  • 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. Add the garlic, and the salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the tomatoes with their juices, chicken broth, wine, 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 stirringthe mixture occasionally, about 30 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the chicken breast to a work surface or large plate and cool for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. Add the cannellini 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 more salt and pepper if desired.
  • Ladle into serving bowls.

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  1. hhahn56
    Hey does anyone know if putting some baby spinach on top of the Italian stew is a good idea?
  2. Steve T.
    I find chicken breast tasteless and dry. Try using chicken thighs instead, cheaper, meatier, tastier. Leave the skin on and the bones in, just fry to brown first.
  3. Kaseys Kitchen
    Pretty good. I didn't have the wine and used 1/2 of the thyme. Also I used chicken tenderloins which made the cooking faster. Great with garlic bread. Great for a cold rainy day.
  4. jedi master in trai
    This smells sooo good when it is cooking. I also added shallots and garlic. I used one 28oz can of fire roasted tomatoes that I hand crushed and one quart of chicken stock so I would have more liquid. Omitted the wine since I had none on hand. Added one can of artichoke hearts (quartered) with the beans and one box of cut spinach just before adding the chicken back to the pot. Served over savory polenta. Will definitely make for company. Thanks!
  5. jwhite662
    I made this after complaints from my kids about chicken soup not being filling. They loved it! I varied a little by using a whole chicken cut up instead of just breasts. I also doubled the rest of the ingredients to make up for the increase in meat, except for the wine. I kept that to 1/4 cup because my kids aren't crazy about wine flavoring. I used kidney beans instead of the cannelini since I had them on hand. They are already asking me when I'm going to make it again.


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