This recipe was from an old Cooking Light and it thrilled me for a couple reasons. First, it is probably the best-tasting chicken stew I've ever had and second it had kale in it.
I'd never cooked or eaten kale before (shocking I know) but greens have never been my thing. I'll eat spinach if it's pureed in ravioli or chopped very finely as an ingredient. But straight up wilted leaves? Never.
But I was in the mood for something new and being well aware of how healthy kale is for you I decided to give it a whirl and I was pleased by the results.
It got a round of thumbs up and I made an extra large pot to last for several meals. LOVED it.
6 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 sliced leeks, green parts only
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
2 pounds cubed chicken
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
6 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 cups water
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled white potato
6 cups loosely packed torn kale
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add leek and sauté 6 minutes or until tender and golden. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Set aside.
Place 1/3 cup flour in a bowl with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Roll chicken in flour, scooping it out of the excess. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over high heat. Add half of chicken cubes. Cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Then brown remaining chicken and add to leek mixture.
Add 1 cup of broth and vinegar to pan, scraping bottom to loosen browned bits. Transfer to a stock pot. Combine 1 cup broth and remaining flour, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add to stock pot with remaining broth, water and mustard to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and potato, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes more or until potato is tender. Stir in kale; cover and simmer 10 minutes.
Sponsored by Beau-Coup for unique baby shower favors.