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One Pot Meal: Hearty Vegetable and Chicken Stew

By Macki West |

Now that I’m getting the weekly veggie box I’ve got this incredible assortment of vegetables around the house at all times. When I picked up this weeks selection, it was a chilly day and my loot begged to be turned into a hearty stew. The thought of heading to the store for other ingredients had zero appeal, so I headed home and went shopping in my pantry and freezer. Turns out my mini grocery store has quite a good selection! Get the recipe and find out what’s good to keep in your pantry after the jump…

Hearty Vegetable and Chicken Stew Recipe

4 cups of chicken broth (I keep the pantry stocked with Trader Joes liquid concentrate chicken broth packets)

2 chicken breasts, cut into strips (there’s always several packs of 2 frozen chicken breasts in my tiny freezer)

2 carrots, sliced

1/2 onion coarsely chopped

3 ribs celery chopped

6-8 swiss chard, leaves trimmed and coarsely chopped, stems chopped

1 small turnip, cubed

1 small parsnip, cubed

1/3 cup barley, rinsed ( I keep a bag in my pantry because it makes any soup heartier, not to mention, mmmm)

2 cloves garlic

1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dry

olive oil

sea salt and pepper

* Vegetarian Option: omit the chicken and use veggies broth in place of the chicken broth

Heat oil in a pot over medium and add the onions, cook for 3 minutes. Add the celery, swiss chard stems, carrots, and garlic, cook for 5 minutes. Drop in the chicken pieces and cook until the chicken is light, not pink, on all sides. Pour in the chicken broth and add the barley. Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add the turnip and parsnip, cook at a simmer for 20 -25 minutes or until barley is done and veggies are soft. Serves 6.

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Macki West is a unique and original wild-woman at heart who happens to be wrapped around her three kids fingers. She founded Cool Mom Tips and contributes to Prudent Baby, Cooking With My Kid, Babble’s Family Kitchen, and Babble Pregnancy. Read bio and latest posts → Read Macki's latest posts →

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