Chicken And Rutabaga Stew

Chicken And Rutabaga Stew
4 from 3 ratings
Rutabaga is a root vegetable that most people probably don't cook on a regular basis. I know this was my first time using the vegetable, which to me, looked like an overgrown turnip with brown skin. Not beautiful, I know, but I was curious to find out if it tasted better than it looked. It turned out to be an interesting departure from the stew standard — the potato. It's relatively mild in flavor and I left it a little bit of crunch to give the stew texture. All in all, I think it's a vegetable I'd like to try again — and the fact that it's dirt cheap is a plus, too.
Chicken and Rutabaga Stew
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • one 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 large rutabaga, peeled and diced finely
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over high heat until it shimmers. Add the chicken and brown, about 6-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Remove the chicken to a bowl and add the onions and carrot. Season again. Reduce the heat to medium-high and cook until brown around the edges, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and stock and simmer for 12 minutes. Add the rutabaga and simmer until crisp tender, about 25-30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Add the chicken back to the pot to warm through, about 3-4 minutes, and stir in the cilantro just before serving.