Lemon Chicken Stew

On those rare occasions when my husband isn’t home for dinner, I tend to lack the motivation to cook much of anything. Unfortunately this doesn’t tend to lead to a healthy meal. I had just enough motivation to try something new the other day, however, and it worked out particularly well, so I thought I’d share.

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  • 1 can of beans (I used kidney beans, but pinto, black, or cannelini–among others–should work fine)
  • 1 can petite-cut diced tomatoes
  • broth (I used approximately 2 cups of fat-free chicken broth, but you can adjust to your liking)
  • a couple handsful of washed, sliced mushrooms
  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • one pre-cooked chicken breast, sliced (I used a lemon-pepper grilled chicken breast from Trader Joe’s–if you don’t have lemon pepper chicken, try adding a little lemon juice to the stew)
  • vegetable juice (such as V8)
  • seasoning mix of your choice (I used some that our favorite local fried chicken establishment sends home with their chicken)

Prep: Drain and rinse the beans; drain the tomatoes. Set aside in a bowl. Heat the oil in a saucepan and saute the mushrooms until brown.

Cooking: Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, and chicken to the mushrooms and stir. Add enough vegetable juice to thicken slightly. Bring to a simmer; add seasoning mix to taste and serve.

Actually, I found this made enough for about three bowls, so you don’t have to wait for a day when you’re home alone to make it. Use more broth if you prefer this to be a soup; less for a stew. Like most soups & stews it does taste best if you either simmer it for a while after adding the seasoning or make a day ahead and re-heat, but it also tastes good right away.

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2 comments on “Lemon Chicken Stew
  1. Scott M says:

    Sounds tasty– I’ll try it soon.

  2. Next I’ll have to figure out something to do with a pre-cooked cut of beef I got at Trader Joe’s (useful store, that). I find it’s really handy to keep a few certain things around to help me eat healthily when I don’t feel like doing much: canned beans, canned tomato, and cartons of broth are big ones. That’s most of a meal right there, if you scrounge around for some seasonings and some meat and/or veggies and/or pasta/rice/etc.

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