At this time of year, I crave warm and filling meals. A quick stew recipe is always really appealing to me because the days are short and we all want to be able to sit and enjoy a nice meal without spending too much time in the kitchen.
Here is a recipe for a Spicy Italian Chicken Stew. I used chicken because it’s a family favourite. Feel free to use pork or beef if you prefer. This stew is not only hot and filling, but spicy too. I love a spicy meal in the cold months of the year because it gives you that extra warmth that your body craves. If you are sensitive to spice, reduce or eliminate the red chili flakes.
For this spicy Italian chicken stew, I used LiberTerre chicken thighs. I use chicken thighs because they are more flavourful than the breast cut and they are also half the cost of chicken breast. LiberTerre chicken is always my first choice because their chicken has no added hormones, antibiotics and no animal by–products. Their chicken is also Canadian raised, so we know where our food has come from, and it is air-chilled so it tastes great every time!
This stew is made heartier with the addition of red kidney beans, so, with the combination of chicken, this stew is protein packed! This stew is great for leftovers as well. I prefer to make my stew a day ahead and then reheat it for the next day’s meal. Something magical happens to soups and stews when they sit overnight in the refrigerator. The flavours become smoother and richer.
Enjoy this one pot stew and be sure to serve it with some warm and crusty bread to soak up all of that flavourful stew from the bottom of your bowl.