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Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa

Prep Time20 minsCook Time55 minsTotal Time1 hr 15 mins

 1-1/2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded & chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
 3-1/2 cups chicken broth
 1-1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
 1 tbsp olive oil
 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
 1/2 tsp kosher salt
 4 cloves garlic, minced
 1-1/2 tsp dried oregano
 1 can (14 oz) petite diced tomatoes
 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
 3/4 cup pitted and quartered kalamata olives
 Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside.


Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this squash with the back of a fork. Set aside.


In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth to a simmer.


Add chicken thighs, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.


Transfer the chicken thighs to a plate and allow to cool. Pour broth into a medium-sized bowl.


Return the saucepan to the stovetop and lower heat to medium. Add olive oil.


Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn brown, 8 to 10 minutes.


Add the salt, minced garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute.


To the saucepan, add tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, mashed butternut squash. Stir to combine.


Stir in reserved chicken broth and quinoa. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15 minutes.


Shred the chicken with your fingers or a fork.


Stir the chicken, olives and pepper into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 5 minutes.


Stir in parsley and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 6 Servings

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g19%

Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 662mg28%
Total Carbohydrate 37g13%

Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Sugars 7g
Protein 31g62%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.