Shrimp, Chicken and Potato Stew Italian Style

Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor

This may be viewed as Cajun gumbo crossed with an Italian seafood stew. The result is savory and very satisfying especially during the cooler evenings of the year when a hearty hot dish is appreciated.


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Equipment/ utensils required:

Chef’s knife, cutting board, large cast iron Dutch oven or stock pot


1 ½ quarts unseasoned seafood stock

2 cups of cooked tomatoes chopped

1 tsp. fennel seeds

1 cup onion chopped

1 cup celery chopped

½ cup carrots chopped

½ cup of roasted red peppers cut thinly

½ tsp. crushed red pepper

3 cloves poached garlic minced

5 sprigs of fresh thyme

5 sprigs of fresh oregano

3 medium red potatoes

½ lb. of Italian style chicken sausage

10 large shrimp, peeled, de-veined

3 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and Black pepper to taste


  1. Heat the seafood stock with the thyme and oregano added to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the leaves fall from the stems. Turn off the heat and remove the stems and discard.
  2. Heat a large cast iron Dutch oven to medium high, add the sausage, celery, onions, carrots, and fennel seeds. Brown all, stirring frequently to avoid burning until the onions have begun to caramelize. Then add the seafood stock to de-glaze the pan and bring the dish back to a boil.
  3. Add the potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and the rest of the ingredients except the shrimp, and once again bring to boil then reduce heat to low or simmer, cover and cook about ten minutes then remove cover and allow the stew to begin reducing at simmer or low heat until about a quarter of the liquid volume has evaporated.
  4. Just before service bring the stew to a heavy simmer and add the shrimp. Cook just until they turn pink then ladle portions of the stew with the shrimp divided evenly into a bowl and serve immediately.
  5. You will have enough stew left for 3 to 6 additional portions, depending on size, that can be frozen, reheated later with shrimp added or without.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Nutrition Information per serving:

Calories: 233, Fat: 10.7 gm, Cholesterol: 101 gm, Sodium: 606 mg, Carbohydrates: 15.9 gm, Protein: 19.2 gm.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Robin Kraiger says:

    Loved it. Had it for Memorial Day reunion in Indiana….thank u so much for your recipes I copy everyone, and love reading all documents on health. See u soon Dr.

    1. Hi Robin,
      Thank you I’m so glad you liked it!

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