Quick Chicken Stew


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If you are looking for a hearty meal your family will enjoy, but won’t take you all day this Quick Chicken Stew is right up your alley. This stew is great served on top of rice or pasta, you can also serve it with mashed potatoes.  Depending on how fast your cut and chop this recipe may take a little more than the estimated 45 minutes from start to finish, but it is an easy dish.

Quick Chicken Stew

serves 4

What you need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

Grab a pot and heat up the olive oil. First throw in your chicken and cook it for a couple minutes, just to get it brown.

Then throw in the garlic and onion, and cook until the onion becomes translucent.

Stir in veggies ~ if you dislike mushy zucchini wait until the end to throw it in.  Pour in the tomatoes and add the seasoning ~ bay leaf, red pepper flakes and basil.

Cook another 10 minutes or so, until the veggies are tender and the chicken juices run clear.  Once the veggies are to your liking add the butter, and allow it to melt.

Just before you serve give it some salt and pepper to taste.

Make it a meal:

This meal is a perfect protein and produce meal.  It would be excellent served over pasta or rice as I mentioned above.  You could also cut up some potatoes and add them to the stew pot. This will make it a little thicker and then you wouldn’t need the pasta or rice. Just make sure you cut your potatoes rather small so they will cook in a shorter amount of time.

What did we think?

This is a very tomatoey (is that a word?) dish. However, we really like that. The tomato almost overpowers the flavor of the chicken, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing in this house. I thought it was delicious and was quite easy to make. I am all for something that only takes one pot, tastes good and is easy to clean up.

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