Hearty chicken stew with butternut squash + quinoa

Hearty chicken stew with butternut squash + quinoa

Comfort in a bowl! This dish is perfect for a chilly fall or winter day. It is packed with vitamin A & C (thanks butternut squash) and also protein & fibre (thanks to the chicken and quinoa). It is colorful and delicious!

Ingredients 

  • 1 butternut squash (peeled, seeds removed and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 3.5 cups chicken broth
  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( EVOO)
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup pitted and quartered kalamata olives ( It is important they are pitted. This is a huge time saver!)
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

  • Steam the butternut squash until not quite fork tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside.
  • Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an extra 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this batch up and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, set over medium-high heat, bring chicken broth to a simmer.
  • Add chicken thighs, cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, approx 15 minutes
  • Transfer chicken thighs to a plate and let cool. Pour broth into a medium sized bowl.
  • Return saucepan to the stovetop and lower heat to medium. Add EVOO.
  • Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until onion starts to brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the salt, minced garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring for 1 more minute.
  • Add tomatoes, butternut squash pieces and mashed butternut squash to the saucepan. 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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-XO