Italian Chicken Stew

I made this for dinner last night.  It comes together really quickly, especially when I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  A nice surprise was finding out it has a very low PointsPlus value. I served it with polenta because I had some in the cupboard but it’s also great with egg noodles.

Italian Chicken Stew, Polenta and Salad

Italian Chicken Stew
Serves 5
PointPlus Value (Per 1/2c serving): 5

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/4 c flour
1 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz)
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs thyme
1/3 c red wine
1/4 c fresh parsley, minced
salt and pepper

  1. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Lightly dredge both sides of chicken in flour.
  2. Heat oil in dutch oven or soup pot until shimmering.
  3. Working in batches, brown chicken, about 2-3 minutes per side. Set chicken aside on plate.
  4. Add onion and pinch of salt to the pot and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. If the pot gets dry, add a touch of water or olive oil.
  5. Add celery, carrot, garlic, thyme and bay leaf. Cook for 5 minutes or until veggies begin to soften.
  6. Pour wine into the pot, scraping the bottom to remove all the brown bits.
  7. Add tomatoes along with chicken and any accumulated juices and stir well. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Remove chicken and bay leaf from pot. Shred chicken and return to pot.
  9. Stir in parsley and taste. Adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  10. Enjoy!

Polenta
Serves 5
PointsPlus Value (per 1c serving): 4

4 cups water
1 T butter
1/4 t salt
1 c coarse cornmeal
1/4 c parmesan cheese

  1. Bring water, butter and salt to boil in sauce pot.
  2. Whisk in cornmeal.
  3. Cook for 25 minutes, stirring fairly often.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in cheese.
  5. It will thicken up as it cools.
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About Jody

I am a wife. A mom. A newbie to New Zealand. I cook, I clean and am working on getting healthy. I am obsessed with coffee, love watching Burn Notice, and am happiest when (good) music is playing. View all posts by Jody

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