Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rustic Sweet and Savory Stew

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Main Ingredients:
Chicken tenderloin - 4 oz. cubed
Italian sausage - 2 broken up
Campari tomatoes - 3 chopped
Sweet potato, -1 chopped (can be substituted with butternut squash, calabaza)
Spinach - 10 oz. (I used defrosted, but fresh would be best)
Tomato paste - 2 tbs.
Chicken broth - ½ cup (I used organic, low sodium - controls sodium level)
Butter - 1 tsp. (unsalted)
Curry - 1 tbs.
Italian seasoning - ½ tsp.
Basil - ½ tsp.
Parsley - ½ tsp
Oregano - ½ tsp.
Nutmeg - ½ tsp. fresh grated
Salt - 1 tsp.
Black Pepper - ½ tsp.

Chicken Marinade:
Coconut milk - ½ cup           
Apple cider vinegar - 1 ½ tbs.
Maple syrup - 2 tbs. (the real stuff)
Garlic - 2 cloves minced 
Rosemary - ½ tsp.
Cayenne pepper - 1 tsp.
Ground mustard seed - 1 tsp.
Celery salt -½ tsp.
Salt - 1 tsp.
Black pepper - ½ tsp.

1. Wash, pat chicken dry and cut into bite-sized cubes. In a medium flat container season with above mentioned dry ingredients and grated garlic. Mix well with tongs, add wet ingredients (more coconut milk if necessary to completely cover chicken), mix again and let sit. Chicken becomes flavorful and juicy with more time in marinade.

2. Heat a large deep non-stick pan to medium. Cut sausage out of casings and break into bite sized meatball pieces. Sear all sides (about 3 minutes) and add chopped tomatoes. Add Italian seasoning, basil, parsley and oregano. Mix with wooden spoon and cook with lid on for 7 minutes on medium-low.
3. Add tomato paste and chicken broth, mix in well, stir in chopped sweet potato and season with salt and black pepper. Cook with lid on for 15 minutes,  mixing in curry and butter halfway through.

4. Once potatoes are fork tender, add chicken along with marinade. Stir well and keep on medium-low with  lid on another 8-10 minutes. Check for liquid adding more broth depending on preference (I prefer a more reduced and flavorful gravy).

5. Defrost spinach, season with a pinch of salt, black pepper and fresh grated nutmeg. Take pan off heat, stir in spinach and garnish with handful of fresh chopped basil and parsley. Ladle into bowl and enjoy.


  1. I'm glad I've found your blog- your recipes look delicious! I'll have to wait until cooler weather th try this and the oven roasted veggies, though.

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the recipe.

  2. This is definitely gonna happen. Well done!

    1. I'm so glad you will be making it. Thank you!

  3. I'm so excited to have found this blog. The recipes look delicious and the simple formatting is a great feature. Plus, the pictures are superb. I can't wait to see what else you come up with. Best of luck in the kitchen!

    1. Thank you so much! I'm still working on the layout and wondering how I can get people to follow or subscribe to the blog easily. May I ask how you plan on visiting again? Are you bookmarking it? Thanks again for stopping by, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  4. This recipe is amazing! Thanks for posting. I can't wait to try some of the others!

    1. Thank you for trying it out and coming back to let me know! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)


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