Southern-Style Chicken Stew Recipe

A simple stew, such as this Southern-Style Chicken Stew, is perfect for a busy, blustery weekday.
Courtesy National Chicken Council
2012 Guide to Backyard Chickens
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Make this hearty chicken dish on a busy winter evening.
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For a quick and hearty one-dish meal, try this Southern-Style Chicken Stew Recipe, made with chunks of white meat. Cornbread slathered with butter makes the perfect companion for this stew.

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Southern-Style Chicken Stew Recipe

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (14.5 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons water, divided
2 sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 pound cooked smoked sausage, such as kielbasa, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
1 bunch (about 1/2 pound) collard greens, rough-chopped into 2-inch pieces
Hot sauce

In large bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons flour, salt and pepper. Add chicken and toss gently to coat.

In 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes, or until golden brown, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to plate.

Add remaining oil to pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until translucent and just beginning to brown.

Increase heat to high. Add chicken broth and 3/4 cup water. Scrape up any browned bits. Return chicken to pot, and add sweet potatoes and smoked sausage. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Make paste with remaining flour and remaining water.

Uncover pot and whisk in paste. Continue to simmer for an additional 5 to 6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through, potatoes are tender, and liquid has thickened.

Stir in collard leaves and simmer for additional 2 minutes. Serve immediately, with hot sauce on the side. Yields 4 servings. 

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