Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa

January 19, 2012 | Filed Under Butternut Squash, Foods I Never Liked Before Until I Started to Cook, Poultry, Quinoa, Stew 

 

Introducing one of my new favorite meals of the season.  I’ve discovered that I love squash and quinoa.   Yay for the two!

Paz

 

 

Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa Recipe

from Cookin’ Canuck

 

Yield: Serves 6

 

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

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 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

Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside.

 

Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this squash with the back of a fork. Set aside.

In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth to a simmer.

Add chicken thighs, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Transfer the chicken thighs to a plate and allow to cool. Pour broth into a medium-sized bowl.

Return the saucepan to the stovetop and lower heat to medium. Add olive oil.

Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add minced garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute.

To the saucepan, add tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, mashed butternut squash. Stir to combine.

Stir in reserved chicken broth and quinoa. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15 minutes.

Shred the chicken with your fingers or a fork.

Stir the chicken, olives and pepper into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 5 minutes.

Stir in parsley and serve.

 

 

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8 Responses to “Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa”

  1. Hearty and very comforting! A great combination.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. sounds perfect for this chilly weather!

  3. Hedone

    That looks really yummy. You’ve made my stomach growl. Thanks for that :-\

  4. The stew looks wonderful, it’s perfect for the cool and damp weather we have here in DR. Gracias por la receta, Paz :)

    Have a great weekend!

  5. I would love a huge bowl, yummy!

  6. Looks good! Quinoa is a great food choice: good and good for you. Some months ago, I read about toasting quinoa before cooking it. It adds a nice flavor dimension to quinoa.

  7. I’m loving quinoa too :) And of course squash has always been a favorite! This sounds delicious!

  8. Hi Rosa: It IS a great combination, indeed!

    Hi Kat: Yes, perfect for the cold weather!

    Hi Hedone: Welcome! Didn’t mean to make your stomach growl… Well, maybe I did. LOL! I hope you get to try this sometime soon.

    Hi Mari: I thought it was always hot in DR. I learn something new! ;-)

    Hi Vianney: I think you’d love it, too!

    Hi Simona: Very interesting about toasting the quinoa before cooking it. Very interesting!

    Hi Joey: It’s a delicious combo. I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it. ;-)

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

    Paz

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