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Chicken Stew with Turnips & Mushrooms
“In this healthy chicken stew recipe, we save prep time by using pre-sliced mushrooms and pre-chopped kale (found near packaged fresh greens). If you don't like turnips, potatoes are an easy substitution.
2 large turnips (about 1 pound), peeled (see Tip) and cut into 1-inch pieces
8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup dry white wine
4 cups chopped kale
3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
1Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
2Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
3Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pot. Add turnips, mushrooms, onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is limp, 3 to 5 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in kale, broth and rosemary. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the turnips are tender, about 10 minutes.
4Meanwhile, mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Stir the mixture into the stew and cook until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and season the stew with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt.
Be sure to peel turnips well to remove all the thick skin before cooking. To peel, cut off one end to create a flat surface so you can keep it steady on the cutting board. Follow the contour of the vegetable with your knife to remove the skin. Or, if you use a vegetable peeler, peel around the root about three times to remove all the fibrous skin.