Chicken, Rosemary and Pear Stew

This is a simple stew with minimal ingredients, low in calories, no gluten or dairy yet full of flavour.

Stock:

  • half a chicken
  • half an onion, roughly diced
  • 2 celery sticks, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. salt

Stew:

  • half an onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves or garlic, grated
  • 2 rosemary sticks, leaves removed and finely chopped, plus one stick left whole
  • 1 pear, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced thickly
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 3 tomatoes
  • Make the stock by placing all of the ingredients into a deep pan with 2 pints of cold water, or enough to cover the chicken. Bring to a boil and simmer for 40 minutes.
  • Once cooked, using a colinder, carefully drain the stock into another dish. Set aside the chicken and veggies to cool a little.
  • Add olive oil to the pan, sauté the onions until softened then add the garlic and the chopped and whole rosemary. Cook for a few minutes, you will start to smell an amazing aroma.
  • Add the pears and carrots and cook for a few minutes more.
  • Pour in the drained stock, add diced potatoes and any other veggies you would like. Let this simmer until the potatoes are soft.
  • Meanwhile, from the stock, discard the celery. Place the carrots and onions from the stock into a blender, along with some soft potatoes from the stew, a few pears and some juice. Blend, and add back into the stew, this will make it a little thicker without adding flour.
  • Shred the chicken and add to the stew.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and mix well. Let this all bubble for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, cracked black pepper and some crusty bread.

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