Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easy Chicken 'n Black Bean Stew

I know right?  It was lip smacking delicious, I am serious!  This recipe started with my experiment on making Polenta. 
I have never made it, and I have heard horror stories to be quite honest, so I kept it on the back burner, or shall I say on my "bucket list" till tonight.  For whatever reason I had it in my mind I was going to make Polenta tonight come hell or high water, and that is the end of that!

I perused recipes on my lunch hour and came across one of my favorite TV Network Stars recipes - Giada De Laurentiis.   Her step by step instructions produced a "perfecto" in her words Polenta!
Her recipe can be found HERE .

This is the final product which I also added 1-1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, because you know, I had to and all...

So what is a busy working mom to do I ask?  Make a nice stew of some kind to enhance this amazing piece of goodness I say!  So I did.  I threw a little bit of this and some of that, and next thing you know, the house was emanating absolutely wonderful Mediterranean aromas and I couldn't wait to dig in!  Better yet, I had leftovers for lunches, SCORE!

Ready for this very simple recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time:  20 minutes
Cook time:  45 minutes
Yield: 5-6 servings

*Polenta* follow the recipe link above 
1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese

*Chicken Stew*
5 chicken thighs
2-1/2 cups diced peppers and onions, (I used frozen)
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes, with juice
1 can (14.5 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained

3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp ground cumin 
1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper
1-1/4 cups water

-Prepare Polenta using link above, spread on baking sheet to cool.  

-Using a large skillet with lid, add the olive oil, butter and let melt.

-Season the chicken thighs with salt & pepper.

-Add the oil/butter mixture to pan and bring over to medium high heat.  Sear chicken on one side till nicely brown, flip to brown on other side.  

-Lower heat to medium low and add in the onions, peppers, un-drained diced tomatoes and sprinkle the garlic powder and cumin over the mixture. 

-Semi-cover with lid and let cook for about 10 minutes.  Add in the water.  Semi-cover the skillet again and simmer for another 20 minutes.  

Let's taste for seasonings at this point.  Do we need salt?  Pepper?  We have to be the taste testers I say.  I know, I know.  The sacrifices we make!

-Now come the black beans.  Let simmer, semi-covered again for another 10 minutes till the beans have melded with the onions and peppers and warmed thru.  

-Turn off heat and let the chicken sit, covered completely for a few minutes to rest.  

-Serve over that amazing Polenta or side of your choice!

For as little seasoning as this dish has, it's the natural flavors of the onions and peppers and tomatoes that are the star of this show.  I was literally amazed at how light and bursting with flavor this stew was!  I hope you try it.  My family absolutely loved it.  I will be recreating it soon let me tell you.  I'm hoping it will be during the day, when I have light so I can show you this baby plated!  It was a show stopper!

***Note*** You can always use chicken breasts or tenders, you can reduce the cooking time too.  I just happened to have defrosted chicken thighs, you know for budget reasons and all...

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Yum, yum. What a creative recipe, you rock my friend!

    1. Thank you so much Linda, very, very easy as you can see my friend! ♥

  2. Wow!! Both dishes look phenomenal, Didi! :D

    1. Thank you Kelly!! ♥ My sweet little darlin'!!

  3. That stew made me hungry and it is only 10 in the morning! Filakia kalo Pasxa!

  4. Oh my gosh this looks wonderful and I'll have it with some that delicious polenta! Thank you so much for the new like and visiting my blog. I am so looking forward to seeing your future posts and getting to know you blog better.

    1. Hello Karen and waving madly my friend!! I am so glad you stopped by and thank you so much! ♥

  5. I want to be FILLED to the BRIM with this recipe! ;)

    1. Thank you GiGi! It was so light and satisfying!

  6. I'll be making this come fall-still hot in Texas in October, but as soon as it cools down!

  7. Oh man I would LOVE to live in Texas my sweet friend!! So sick of this weather, I have to be honest!! Let me know Paula...

  8. OMG Didi...the combinations of flavors and textures you have created in this dish are outrageous and I can't wait to try it! I am sending your recipe to my sister and daughter too...they are so going to love it! xo

    1. Awww, my sweet friend, thank you so much! Your recipes alone leave me wanting more. This was the best compliment!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! ♥