This chicken stew immediately called to me since I’m a big fan of one-pot meals. Plus there’s something so perfect about cooking chicken with white wine. Add fresh, colorful produce, and you have a meal that looks as good as it tastes.
WHITE WINE CHICKEN STEW has all of the flavor and none of the fuss! Such a delicious comfort food…the perfect soup for a cold Winter night! The flavors in this chicken stew are INCREDIBLE!
There are numerous ingredients, but none are difficult to find or especially expensive. Out of the 18 listed, I had 10 items on hand. I really just had to buy the chicken and produce.
My husband and I aren’t big wine drinkers, so using an entire bottle for 1 meal is tough. Then there’s the guilty feeling from wasting it. My solution? Boxed wine. Yup, I admit it. I keep boxes of white and red in the pantry just for cooking. No waste, no guilt, and I never have to make a special trip to buy a bottle.
Again, lots of steps to this recipe, but they’re short and easy to follow. Most of the work is done by step 8, and the rest are primarily cooking. And by cooking, I mean setting a time and waiting for it to ding, beep or buzz.
The only special equipment you’ll need is a large (and I mean large!) Dutch or French oven. I have a huge Chasseur Dutch oven that worked very well. I’m not sure how many quarts, but it’s over 13-inches in diameter. It’s enameled cast iron, so it weighs a ton! It’s one of those pieces that will last forever, and the cast iron holds the heat so well. It was a natural choice for this dish. In fact, cast iron is a real favorite of mine because it works on the stove and in the oven and distributes the heat so evenly.
Although the overall cooking time is given, there aren’t specific times listed for the chicken, bacon, and vegetables. I like having times listed, so I got my iPad out and set the stopwatch function as I cooked. My pot was big enough to handle the chicken in 3 batches, and these steps went very smoothly:
- Step 2: The bacon crisped in 8 minutes
- Step 3: The chicken had a nice sear in 11 minutes
- Step 4: The carrots softened in 4 1/2 minutes, and the onion became translucent in 3 1/2 minutes