Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Italian Chicken Stew with Olives and Kale

The perfect dish for a cold winter night...chicken, vegetables, kale, chickpeas and olives slow cooked as a braise in a very flavorful broth.  Best of all, the prep is easy and fast...then you can set the timer and leave the kitchen letting the oven work its magic.

This is one of those dishes that improve by being made a day in advance. Then you just need to heat and serve.  Perfect for a weekend or weeknight dinner. This also works really well for pot luck get-togethers...double, triple or whatever you need. Just adjust your skillet(s) size accordingly. Ensure you serve with lots of delicious sourdough, french or hearty toasted whole wheat bread...perfect for soaking up the delicious broth.  Enjoy!
Italian Chicken Stew with Olives and Kale
(serve 4)
extra virgin olive oil
4 chicken drumsticks
2 whole chicken breasts, halved (about 1 1/2 lbs total)
1 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 bunch curly red kale leaves, cut into chiffonade 
1 tbsp Italian parsley, chopped
1 cup chickpeas, fresh (soaked & cooked) or canned (drained)
1 cup whole Italian green olives such as Castelventrano, pitted
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. 

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in large, oven proof skillet or dutch oven set over medium high heat.  Add chicken to skillet, skin side down, and cook until golden brown. (about 5 minutes)  Turn and saute other side until brown (5 minutes).  Remove chicken from pan and set on a rimmed plate.

Add the onion, bell pepper  and 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper to the skillet and saute until onion softens and begins to caramelize. (about 6 minutes) Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the broth, vinegar and kale and bring to a boil. Add the chicken, parsley and any accumulated chicken juices from the plate to the pan and cook over high heat for 2 minutes. 

Remove from heat, cover and braise in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and add chickpeas and olives, stir to combine. Taste broth and adjust seasonings if necessary. Add back to oven (uncovered) and cook for an additional 25 minutes. Remove from oven.

Serve stew in large bowls along with sourdough or french bread to dip in the delicious broth.

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It is "Chicken" week at Food Network's Comfort Food Feast. Check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends.  Have a favorite chicken recipe of your own? Please feel free to share in the comments section of this post or link to your blog if you have one. 

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Devour: Giada's Top Chicken Dinners
Taste With The Eyes: Griddled Gochujang Chicken Sandwich, "Kimchi" Slaw and Seaweed Mayo
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Italian Chicken Stew with Olives and Kale
Red or Green?: Oven-Fried Tortilla Chicken Drumsticks
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Jane, The Heritage Cook said...

This looks wonderful and I'm sure would be perfect on these cold winter days!

Napa Farmhouse 1885 said...

Thanks Jane,
I hope you give the recipe a try. If so, please let me know what you think.

Felicia said...

This looks so delicious! This really makes me want to go out and buy the ingredients so that I can make this for dinner tonight. It doesn't look too difficult to make either, so I can't wait to try this out! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

Herchel S @Scruggbug said...

This looks so yummy. I am trying to incorporate more veggies into my diet while still making something my kids will eat. I bet they would love the drumsticks as much as I will love all the other ingredients!

Unknown said...

I don't do olives..but this looks super yummy and very filling!

Unknown said...

This looks amazing! Might try this for dinner! Stopping by from the SITS Girls Comment Love Tribe! Hope you have an awesome week!


Elle said...

This looks so very good. Love the idea of adding olives. A bit of a salty zing!

Stopping by from the SITS Girls today.

Mamal Diane said...

I love using kale in my dishes, but olives... love the idea. Thanks for sharing. :)

Emily D. said...

Oh my! I am adding the ingredients for this recipe to my Out of Milk list. I realize that this is pretty much South Beach friendly for the phase we are on!! Yay!! My kids will love this one as well. Thanks! Stopping by from the SITS Girls!! Have a great day!

Five4FiveMeals said...

Yum. I love chicken leg quarters, I am actually making leg quarters tonight!

Stopping by from the SITS Girls today.

Unknown said...

I really like the list of ingredients in this recipe and the use of kale as well. It looks really delicious!

Holly said...

Stopping by for #SITSblogging. Interesting blog tagline. I worked in corporate and left for some of the same reasons. I am also an organic gardener now. :)

Divya said...

WOw it looks delicious ! Beautiful photos, looking at them made me quite hungry.

Earl-Leigh said...

This looks amazing! My husband and daughter would both love this recipe.

Stopping by from the SITS Girls today :)

Unknown said...

Kale and olives are two of my kids' favorite things. With this recipe, I can turn those things into a meal. Thanks!

Erica Layne | Let Why Lead said...

This DOES look perfect for winter. :) I've only ever used kale (and sparingly) in smoothies, so maybe i will have to branch out and give this a try!

Visiting from SITS, btw!

Ebony said...

I've never used kale in anything bedsides juicing but this Looks yummy! bookmarking this recipe for one of the rare cold days that we have here in so cal!
Visiting from SITS :)

Wornout Soles said...

This looks ah-mazing! I love an easy, filling chicken recipe and can't wait to try this one

India said...

Hi, stopping by from #sitsblogging. This is a great recipe, it looks delicious and simple {my favorite}. I never had chickpeas before though might leave them out... :) Thanks for sharing.

Gina Jacobs Thomas said...

That looks like the perfect cure to my winter blues! I've been thinking I want to give kale a try, and this might be the recipe to do it with! Stopping by from SITS!

LazyHippieMama said...

This looks amazing! I wish I could just reach my fork through the computer and taste it!

Dina said...

Sounds so yummy Diane! I'm wondering if the Kale will go bitter in the slow cooker? I've never gotten the chance to cook with kale there and it does sound great, I just worry it would be bitter. I will most certainly try this though!

Unknown said...

Looks delicious! Pinning for later ;) Nice to meet you via #SITSBlogging

Gracielle from

Unknown said...

Chicken is always a winner in my house! This looks amazing. I'm definitely loading it into my PepperPlate recipe organizer and can't wait construct soon!

-coming from the Comment Love Tribe

Unknown said...

oooohhhhh. Braised chicken is the best! Love all the color in this dish!

Napa Farmhouse 1885 said...

Thanks everyone..and welcome to all the sits girls bloggers! Please come back and let me know if you try the recipe..and your thoughts. Dina can cook kale in a slow cooker, but don't overcook. I like kale best when it still has a bit of a bite...enjoy!

Aleshea said...

I had Kale for the first time the other day. I'll have to try this. Seems like it would make the Kale taste better.

Dorkys Ramos said...

That chicken leg looks sooo juicy! Will have to give this recipe a try soon. It's hard coming up with something different regularly so I end up just cycling through the handful of items on the rotation over and over. Thanks so much for sharing this dish.

Anonymous said...

New visitor from SITS Girls Comment Love Tribe. Your recipes look amazing. I can't wait to try some of them out. Looking forward to following your adventures. #SITSblogging

Erica @ erica finds said...

Looks amazing! Perfect for winter. (Hello from the SITS blog challenge :))

Gloria @ Simply Gloria said...

Diane, love this cozy dish! It's perfect for a cold winter meal!

diane said...

Thanks everyone!

I Am Boymom said...

Stopping by again from #SITSBlogging. Another recipe I love! I am the worst about trying new things, but these look delicious and easy! thanks again for sharing!