Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Grandma's Italian Chicken Zucchini Stew

Grandma made everything simple, whatever was in the house, no rules, use chicken, pork, steak, sausage, or all of it. It's no wonder we miss our grandma's they knew how to make the easiest meals and turn them into a banquet that lingers in your mind the rest of your life!
We all love to sop the bread into this delicious sauce. Such an easy  dish to throw together  fast!

Comfort foods at their finest right here... 

3 boneless chicken breasts cut into chunks
2 large green bell peppers cleaned and sliced in chunks
2 cloves garlic cloves sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
Saute in olive oil  with all of the above ingredients,  in a large dutch oven saucepan.

After chicken is browned add all the following in the dutch oven: ( or crockpot if using)

1 - 29 ounce can of tomato sauce or whole tomatoes put through food processor
1 cup crinkle cut carrots fresh or canned
3 potatoes cut in chunks
2 cups frozen or canned peas
3 medium size zucchini washed and cut in chunks
1/2 teaspoon each oregano, parsley, salt and pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
optional: 1 cup mushrooms, 1 cup cut green beans
Fill empty sauce can with water or half burgundy wine half water and add to the pot.
Simmer on low either on top of the stove or in the oven (or even the crockpot on low for 6 to 8 hours) at 325 degrees. Cook until the potatoes and chicken are soft and tender around an hour.
Add 1 fresh basil leaf 1/2 hour before cooking is completed. 
Serve by dunking this sauce with fresh crusty Italian Bread Click here.

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