Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa Recipe

It’s raining, it’s pouring .. well you get the idea 😉 This being said, I love me some soup or stew on a cold rainy day. Of course I have a million recipes that I am always eager to try. Today I made this delish {and healthy} stew courtesy of Cookin’ Canuck. My camera is being temperamental again {of course cause I just bought a new computer and don’t have money for a new camera, isn’t that the way it always works?}. That being said, I am sharing one of her photos so you get the idea of what this cozy lil’ meal looks like. It had so many flavors that melded together and it was super filling. Quinoa is one of my favorite new foods so I love that it was part of this recipe.

Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded & chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs {I used boneless skinless breasts because I had them on hand}
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 can (14 oz) petite diced tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup pitted and quartered kalamata olives
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

  1. Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside.
  2. Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this squash with the back of a fork. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth to a simmer.
  4. Add chicken thighs, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer the chicken thighs to a plate and allow to cool. Pour broth into a medium-sized bowl.
  6. Return the saucepan to the stovetop and lower heat to medium. Add olive oil.
  7. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Add minced garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute.
  9. To the saucepan, add tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, mashed butternut squash. Stir to combine.
  10. Stir in reserved chicken broth and quinoa. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15 minutes.
  11. Shred the chicken with your fingers or a fork.
  12. Stir the chicken, olives and pepper into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 5 minutes.
  13. Stir in parsley and serve.

Serve with some fresh ciabatta bread and perhaps a glass of vino. Cheers!!!

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