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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Stew Sunday- French Style Chicken in White Wine Sauce

French Style Chicken in White Wine Sauce


Sometimes you just need something a little for solid and substantial than soup.  Stew is the prefect alternative to soup.  I like it because like soup, it is a great way to add some vegetables to my diet.

This recipe is really a quick stew that i devised with many of my favorite food. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts. Be sure to cut the meat into bite sized pieces.  I made it in my new favorite pan, my "Cooks" enamel cast iron Dutch oven. In the past I've made it in a cast iron skillet. This pot is a bit deeper and has a cover. It can go into the refrigerator to save any leftovers.

Give the pieces enough room to brown so the pieces do not get soggy.

The sauce is made by reducing white wine to create a wonder sauce for the stew.
You can use cooking wine or use left over wine to make this dish, it will work just fine.

I had some cooked green beans left over from dinner the night before so I added them. They add nice color and nutrition. Feel free to improvise and add your own leftovers or favorite vegetables. Peas, sweet potatoes, corn or squash would all be great.

I usually serve this over buttered baked potatoes, but noodles, rice or mashed potatoes would all work.  I've used all of these.  If you feel adventurous try it over couscous or quinoa.


3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into bit size pieces
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoons lemon pepper ( our use lemon peel and 1 teaspoon ground pepper)
1 teaspoon salt
1 small yellow onion chopped.
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup olive oil
8 ounces sliced portabella or white button mushrooms
1 (8 ounce carton) grape tomatoes or 3 Roma tomatoes seeded and chopped.
1 1/2 white wine
1 1/2 cup cooked green beans

Add salt and lemon pepper to flour.  Place chicken pieces with the flour in a plastic bag. Shake until the pieces are coated.

Heat olive oil and butter in a dutch oven or heavy skillet.  Add enough chicken pieces to brown without touching. Remove pieces as they brown and set aside. Repeat until the chicken is browned.
Add the onions, mushrooms and garlic to the pan. Cook until the mushrooms are soft. Add more butter and olive oil in equal amounts if needed.

Return the chicken to the pan. Add the wine and turn to low to simmer. Simmer until the wine is reduced to make a sauce. Be sure to scrape the pan to bring up browned bits.  Add more wine if you like a bit more sauce.

Cook for 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked and a nice sauce forms. Serve over pasta, rice, or potatoes.

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Chris Wodke Oro Valley, Az  Duathlon National Champsionship 2013

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 159 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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