Monday, October 20, 2014

What's For Dinner Monday? Chicken and Sausage Winter Stew

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. The weather is turning a little bit chilly here in Pennsylvania; and fall is definitely in the air. I decided it was finally time to break out a stew recipe. This recipe is adapted from Rachael Ray.  As always, I have included a printable recipe for your convenience as well as including the recipe here at the bottom of the post.

This is an easy recipe to adapt to whatever culinary preferences you wish. It could be made with turkey sausage and chicken sausage for those who don't eat pork for example. Don't leave out the beans, they add a nice texture to the soup. 

Also, this stew really benefits from slow simmering on the stove for about 20-30 minutes before serving. Leftovers are also delicious!

Chicken and Sausage Winter Stew

Ingredients: 

  • 3-4 Boneless Chicken Breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3/4 lb Mild Italian Sausage crumbled
  • 3/4 lb Beef Sausage cut into bite size pieces
  • 3-4 Celery Ribs diced
  • 2 small carrots or 1 large one diced 
  • 1 small onion or 1/2 large one diced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup Dry White Wine
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 15oz can of Cannellini beans drained
  • Seasonings to taste and preference

Directions:

  • Heat 1-2 Tbsp of oil in a large dutch oven style pot over medium high heat. Add the crumbled Italian sausage and brown 4-5 minutes
  • Add the beef sausage pieces and continue to brown both sausages for another 3-4 minutes. Remove the sausages to a paper towel lined dish and set aside.
  • Add the chicken breast pieces to the pan, season with preferred seasonings and brown for about 4-5 minutes. 
  • Add the carrot, celery, onions and garlic to the pan and then continue to cook with the chicken for another 7-8 minutes or until the veggies start to soften
  • Return the sausages to the pan
  • Deglaze the bottom of the pan with the white wine, stirring up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan for all that yummy flavor!
  • Stir in the can of Cannellini beans
  • Add the Chicken Stock. You may not need the full two cups. Just add enough to cover all the ingredients or until its as "stewy or soupy" as you would like.
  • Bring the stew to a low boil for a few minutes and then lower the heat to simmer (I put mine between 3-4 on the number dial on the stove) and let the stew and all the yummy flavors just meld together for about 20-30 minutes, gradually lowering the temperature to 2-3  

Enjoy!

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