I think I’ve made this once before, but I’ve made so many recipes over the past few years, it’s hard to keep track of what I’ve made and what I anticipated making. At any rate, this recipe comes from Real Simple Magazine, and as magazine name describes, this recipe is pretty simple. Nick and I had been going on a soup and stew kick for a little which because he chipped a filling and was having a hard time eating without getting food stuck in the chipped filling. I tried to make as many “soft” recipes as possible and this made the cut. Since this recipe makes so much, I ended up cutting it in half. (Nick has since had his dentist appointment and we are back to eating more than just soup and stew for dinner!)
Chicken and Pepper Stew with Olives
By Real Simple Magazine
Makes 8 servings; 563 calories per serving
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika, preferably smoked
Kosher salt and black pepper
16 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 6 pounds), halved
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 red bell pepper, sliced
3 green bell peppers, sliced
4 cloves garlic, smashed
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups pitted olives
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 cups long-grain white rice
In a large bowl, combine the flour, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Add the chicken and toss to coat.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. In batches, brown the chicken, turning, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a plate as it browns and add more oil as necessary.
Add the bell peppers, garlic, ½ cup of the broth, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the pot. Cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits, until the peppers begin to soften, 4 to 6 minutes.
Add the olives, raisins, and the remaining 1½ cups of broth and bring to a boil. Nestle the chicken in the vegetables and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Uncover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is slightly thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
Twenty minutes before the stew is done, cook the rice according to the package directions. Serve with the stew.