Easy Italian Chicken Vegetable Stew - Low Carb, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter, olive oil, or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 4 large carrots (or 6 medium), cut into bite size rounds or half rounds if large
  • 2 rutabaga or turnips, unpeeled, cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 cups homemade chicken broth or good quality store-bought (note: if you prefer a more soup-like consistency, just add more broth)
  • 1 28 ounce can chopped tomatoes with the juice
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, left whole
  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into bite size florets
  • 4 large (or 6 small) zucchini, yellow squash, or a combination of the two
  • Parmesan rinds from 1 large chunk of parmesan cheese (optional but use if you can because it adds a lot of flavor…see recipe description above)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat butter or oil in a large pot on medium high heat. Add onion and cook until softened. Add celery, carrots and rutabaga or turnips. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add broth, tomatoes, and chicken. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir to submerge chicken. Turn heat to high, bring to a simmer, and cook until carrots and rutabaga or turnips are softened but not fully cooked (test by piercing with a fork).
  3. Add the cauliflower and zucchini to the pot and continue simmering until zucchini and cauliflower are soft. Remove from the heat.
  4. If you have the time, let stew cool on the stovetop with the chicken breasts in it. If you don't have time to wait, remove chicken breasts from soup while hot. Allow chicken to get cool enough to handle, and shred. I use my fingers. Return shredded chicken to pot.
  5. Remove parmesan rinds, if using. Serve warm with parmesan cheese at the table.
  6. Stew may be made 2 days ahead of time and kept covered and refrigerated. Reheat gently.
Recipe by Preheat to 350˚ at https://preheatto350.com/shortcut-italian-chicken-vegetable-stew-low-carb-gluten-free-dairy-free-paleo/