Chilean Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice
- SERVINGS: 8
Trey Foshee's Chilean wife, Ximena Gonzalez, taught him to make this earthy South American stew. He added wild rice for a chewy texture, which also makes the stew more satisfying.
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 6 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 large white onions, 1 coarsely chopped and 1 minced
- 20 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 8 large chicken legs (about 3 pounds), skin removed
- 8 chicken breast halves (about 3 pounds) on the bone, wings and skin removed
- 1 large butternut squash, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and cut crosswise into 1-inch slices
- 16 small fingerling potatoes
- 2 cups wild rice (about 3/4 pound)
- 4 quarts chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
- Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the carrots, celery and coarsely chopped onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring often, until the vegetables are softened but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 4 minutes.
- Spoon half the vegetables into another large pot. Divide the chicken legs and breasts, the squash, potatoes and wild rice between the pots and pour 2 quarts of the stock into each pot. Season well with salt and pepper. Add enough water to just cover the chicken and vegetables and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat until the vegetables and rice are tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 1 1/4 hours. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a small strainer, rinse the minced onion. Transfer the onion to a kitchen towel and squeeze dry. In a small bowl, combine the onion with the cilantro.
- Ladle the chicken stew into deep bowls. Sprinkle with the onion-cilantro mixture and serve.
This hearty stew calls for a full-bodied whitewhy not make it a Chilean Chardonnay?