Stew implies a hearty, high-calorie dish, but that doesn’t have to be true—especially when you cook with chicken, a relatively lean meat. Here are tips for building an extra delicious, even healthier chicken stew.
1. Use skinless pieces.
Chicken skin is delicious, but if you’re trying to trim calories, skip it. In a stew, the skin becomes flabby anyway, so you’re not sacrificing much—especially when you add full-flavored ingredients, like the olives in this Provençal chicken stew.
2. Make vegetables the star.
Sometimes, carrots and onions that are added to stews are a bit of an afterthought, or even worse, strained out. To up the vitamin quotient and fiber of your stew, add as much chopped vegetables as chicken. Harder root vegetables will take longer to cook and should be added toward the beginning, while your quick-cooking veggies, like asparagus, only need a few minutes and can be thrown in at the end.