Chicken & Kale Autumn Stew

Hooray! It’s prime time crock pot season! I just whipped up this recipe today and it’s a winner. I was out of town earlier this week (hanging out with cattle…internship field trips are the best) and finally got to catch up on my grocery shopping today. I decided to play around with the crock pot and use some seasonal ingredients. Beef stew was tempting, but after meeting adorable calves like the fella in this picture, chicken wasbaby cow the choice today.

Chicken & Kale Autumn Stew

  • 1-2 lbs chicken breast
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into cubes (skin on)
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup water (optional)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • dash of thyme and oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • brown rice or whole wheat noodles (optional)

Place chicken breast, sweet potato, onion, tomato paste, kidney beans, mushrooms, water and/or broth in the crock pot. If you want a soupier stew use both the water and chicken broth. Add the spices, and more if you want to experiment! Set the crock pot on high for about 3 hours. Remove the chicken, shred with a fork, and return to the crock pot. Add the chopped kale and rice/noodles if desired. (I had some leftover brown rice that I threw into the mix to thicken things up a bit). Let the kale cook for another 30 min – 1 hour on low and serve!

FullSizeRenderChicken & Kale Autumn Stew: Tara Tested, Tara Approved! One of my favorite things about crock pots is that you can throw almost anything together and it will turn out great! This dish is hearty and filling – I took a portion with me to class and it kept me full all night. The sweet potatoes and onions were nice and tender, and the kale added a bright contrast of color. You could jazz up this stew by topping it with some melted cheese or tossing in some crispy bacon pieces. Enjoy!

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