By: Peter Webster – mtltimes.ca
The days are getting shorter. The nights are getting colder – oh dear! It is time for comfort food. I am not about to put the BBQ away for the winter. However I had 4 chicken breasts to cook for dinner and I thought I would make a stew.
I opened the refrigerator door at home and started pulling out some ingredients. There was no recipe I was cooking from. Whatever happened to be in the fridge was going in the stew. I checked on the door and selected a couple of marinades I would mix together for the sauce. Every fridge has those bottles sitting there waiting to be used – right???
So this is what I found and this is how I put it together.
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 packages of mushrooms, washed and chopped
4 small potatoes, washed, skin on, diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
4 chicken breasts, sliced and diced
1 lb green beans, stemmed and chopped into 1/2 lengths
1/4 cup white wine (1/2 cup works just fine too!)
I mixed a smoked paprika marinade with some Taste of Thai marinade, stirred it up and added some water. I was ready to go
In a nice big pot, I heated up some butter and olive oil. Once the butter was melted and hot, I added in the onion, carrots and red pepper and sautéed for 3 minutes, until softened. I added in the mushrooms and sautéed for another 4 minutes until softened and the moisture was released. I stirred in the potato, sweet potato and chicken. I stirred until the chicken was cooked on all sides. At this point I added in the white wine and my homemade marinade. You may want to add a little more water to make sure the ingredients are just covered with liquid. I added some salt and pepper. You may add some fresh herbs at this point as well.
I brought the stew to a simmer, covered it and let it slowly simmer for about an hour. I made up a batch of basmati rice and when the rice was ready, we served the stew. My wife approved since there were no kids around to give their review!