Homey, hearty and flavorful, this easy chicken stew recipe sings with apple cider, rutabaga and pears. Serve over whole-wheat egg noodles or spaetzle.

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  • Cut each chicken breast in half on the diagonal to make 8 roughly equal portions. Place flour on a plate and dredge the chicken to coat well on all sides, shaking off excess. (Reserve unused flour.)

  • Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken and cook until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and season with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add 1 teaspoon oil to the pot and brown the remaining chicken. Remove to the plate and season with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Set aside.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and add onions. Stir until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the reserved flour and stir 1 minute more. Gradually add apple cider and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add rutabaga and broth. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the rutabaga is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, peel pears and cut into 1/2-inch dice. Transfer to a bowl and stir in lemon juice and thyme. Add to the cooked rutabaga and season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Lay the reserved chicken on top and cover the pot. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and the pears are tender, 5 to 6 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

268 calories; protein 25.4g; carbohydrates 32g; dietary fiber 5.7g; fat 4.8g; saturated fat 0.9g; cholesterol 62.7mg; vitamin a iu 55.8IU; vitamin c 34mg; folate 48.6mcg; calcium 69.9mg; iron 1.7mg; magnesium 52mg; potassium 667.7mg; sodium 283mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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  • 5 star values: 0
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
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Rating: 2 stars
This was not very tasty; lack of flavors. Pros: NULL Cons: NULL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Excellent Flavors I just made this for dinner last night'actually made a half batch as I live alone and didn't want too many leftovers. It was pretty simple to make and I was very pleased with the final product. I must admit I had never bought or eaten a rutabaga before and I found it slightly intimidating. But it went amazingly well with the pears and spices in this recipe. And the breading on the chicken added a touch of decadence making it feel like a special treat. My one complain is that it all took quite a bit longer to cook than the recipe recommended so I had to wait about 30 more minutes to finally taste my supper. But that was most likely because the chicken was not entirely thawed by the time I started'still slightly frozen in the very center. I will definitely be making this one again. Pros: bright flavor of the pear together with lemon thyme and rutabaga Cons: took longer than expected too cook Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Tastes Great and Unique But takes longer than stated This is a really delicious simple meal. The recipe makes a lot of food. The serving size is filling. The chicken actually takes a bit longer to cook. So maybe next time I'd try putting the chicken in to finish cooking when I put the pears in. Other than that I'd say it was a great dish. Pros: simple interesting flavors a serving is filling Cons: took longer than I planned Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Not up to the usual Eating Well standards I was excited to try this recipe since I like pears and rutabagas. I followed the directions to the letter then added some extra thyme and salt and pepper to try to boost the flavor after tasting it. Not sure what exactly is missing - but the result wasn't very flavorful even with the extra seasonings. Pros: Healthy not too hard to make Cons: Needs a serious flavor boost Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Excellent Dish with Fresh Flavors! Loved the idea and the actual product. Easy to make too. Pros: Pears and Rutabaga: great combo Read More