Braised Chicken Stew

This veggie-loaded rustic chicken stew is so easy, warm and comforting on a chilly day.

Braised Chicken Stew

Ingredients
  1. 3-4 pounds both bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks
  2. kosher salt
  3. freshly ground black pepper
  4. 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning*
  5. 4 strips thick-cut applewood bacon
  6. 1 medium onion, chopped
  7. 2 carrots, sliced
  8. 2 celery stalks, sliced
  9. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  10. 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  11. 2 bay leaves
  12. 1 (14 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, pureed in food processor
  13. 1 ( 8 ounce) container cremini mushrooms (white button would work too)
  14. 14 baby redskin potatoes, halved, or quartered if large
  15. 1 quart (4 cups) low-sodium chicken broth
  16. minced fresh parsley
  17. Serve with torn sourdough bread

Instructions
  • Trim off any excess skin on the chicken thighs. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sprinkle them with poultry seasoning.
  • Place the bacon in a 5-quart or larger Dutch oven. Heat on medium-low and cook until crispy, turning often. Once crisp, transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • Increase the heat under the pot to medium-high. Place the chicken, skin-side down into the hot bacon grease and cook for 2 to 4 minutes or until the chicken skin is golden brown and releases easily from the bottom of the pan. If it's sticks a little just give it a little more time to cook. Flip and sear the other side until browned. Transfer seared chicken to a clean platter and repeat with remaining chicken pieces.
  • Drain the fat in the pot, leaving 2 tablespoons behind. Add in the onions, celery and carrots and cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in tomato puree and add in thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Add in the mushrooms and potatoes, then pour in the broth and give it a stir. Place chicken on top and cover, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.