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Apple Chicken Stew Recipe

"My husband and I enjoy visiting the apple orchards in nearby Nebraska City," explains Carol Mathias of Lincoln, Nebraska. "We always buy cider to use in this sensational slow-cooked stew."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large tart apple, peeled and cubed
  • 1-1/4 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • 1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, layer the potatoes, carrots, onion and celery. Combine the salt, thyme, pepper and caraway; sprinkle half over vegetables.
  • 2. In a large skillet, saute chicken in oil until browned; transfer to slow cooker. Top with apple. Combine apple cider and vinegar; pour over chicken and apple. Sprinkle with remaining salt mixture. Top with bay leaf.
  • 3. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Stir before serving. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.