Chipotle Chicken Stew

Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor
Turn up the heat a little with this chicken and chilies bowl of rustic tastiness!
Add a garden fresh salad, a hunk of hot corn bread, a glass of wine and …..
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Equipment/ utensils required:
Chef’s knife, cutting board, sauté pan, stock pot, spider, food processor

1 boneless chicken breast cut into ¾ inch chunks
4 chipotle chilies
1 cup roasted red peppers
4 cups unsalted chicken stock
4 cups unsalted vegetable stock
1 cup sweet onion chopped
¼ cup fresh garlic sliced thinly
1 cup celery chopped
1 cup carrots chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 cups red potatoes cut into cubes
1/8 lb. unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
¼ cup olive oil
4 tbsp. all purpose flour
1 tbsp. cumin seeds toasted
Salt and black pepper to taste
1. Put the chicken stock, veggie stock and carrots into a large stock pot and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer.
2. Toast the cumin seeds in the sauté pan at medium heat until aromatic then put the butter and oil into the sauté pan, return heat to medium, add the onions, garlic, and celery and sauté until translucent. Using a spider remove the veggies from the pan, leaving the oil and butter, and then add to the stock pot.
3. Turn off the heat to the sauté pan and let cool down leaving the butter and oil in the pan.

4. Place the roasted red peppers and chipotle peppers into the food processor and puree then add to the stock and then add the chicken to the stock pot and let simmer about 15 minutes then add the potatoes.
5. When the potatoes are just barely fork tender add the flour to the sauté pan and turn heat to medium. Stir the flour into the butter and oil until a roux forms, add hot liquid from the stock pot, stirring constantly, until a thick gravy forms and then add the entire gravy mix to the stock pot and stir gently into the stew to thicken. When thickened it is ready for service.

(I like to serve this dish with corn bread and a side salad which offers a cool contrast to the spicy stew)

Serves six to eight
Nutritional Information per serving (based on six servings):
Calories 529, Fat 32 gm, Cholesterol 127 mg, Sodium 262 mg, Carbohydrates 21.9 gm, Protein 37.9 gm.

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