Italian Chicken Stew
Italian Chicken Stew is always a favorite around my house. Tender pieces of chicken breast cooked with an abundance of your favorite vegetables soaking in a flavorful gravy is always a perfect way to spend an evening.
There’s nothing like the aroma of this stew while it’s simmering in the pot. The blend of herbs and spices give this dish a flavor you’ll be craving for a long time.
This Italian Chicken Stew is easy to prepare. Just make sure you use the freshest ingredients and of course have plenty of bread and wine on hand. Enjoy!
4 boneless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into chunks
All purpose flour for dredging
4 Tbls of extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbls of butter
4 pieces of pancetta, chopped
1 yellow onion, sliced
3 stalks of celery, cut into pieces
3 carrots, cut into circles
1green bell pepper, cut into chunks
1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
2 small zucchini, diced
3 white potatoes, cubed
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tsp of dried basil
1 tsp of dried oregano
1 tsp of dried thyme
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup of Italian flat leaf parsley. Chopped
1/2 cup of white wine 2 Tbls of tomato paste
1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
2 cups of chicken broth
1 15 oz can of peas
2 bay leaves
Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour.
Shake off excess flour and set aside.
In a large pot, heat 2 Tbls of oil and 1 Tbls of butter.
Add the chicken and brown. Remove the chicken from the pot with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add the remaining oil and sauté the pancetta until crisp.
Add the onions, celery, carrots, bell peppers, potatoes and garlic and cook stirring for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the chicken back into the pot and season everything with the basil, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper and parsley.
Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, peas, zucchini and bay leaves.
Bring everything to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer then cover and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the potatoes are soft and the chicken is cooked through.
Remove the bay leaves before serving.
Serves 4 to 6 people
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