Italian Chicken Stew Recipe (Naturally Gluten Free)

Snow across a valley

About two and a half years ago, most of my husband’s family was gathered at a mountain cabin for the winter birthdays.

Because so many family members were born in the winter months, they make an annual pilgrimage to some mountain and ski/snowboard/sled, etc., eat cake, and have fun.

Well, this particular trip, I was about 10 weeks pregnant. It was an interesting time for my senses and my stomach.

Winter Trip |
Winter Trip 2010

While we were there, my brother-in-law made this dish one night that had several ingredients, including sausage, tomatoes, white beans, and kale. As we were sitting around the dining table, this dish was being passed about and heaped onto everyone’s plate.

Everybody kept raving about how wonderful it was. But it was taking all of my will power not to heave my cookies right there at the table. The aroma from the dinner was making me nauseous.

Now, I know I had morning sickness pretty bad because I had been living on yogurt and fruit for weeks, but I was positive all of these people were crazy. This thing smelled absolutely horrible.

Fast forward a year and a half, and we are visiting my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. He announces he is going to make the same dish for dinner for us.

Oh, my gosh! How do I politely excuse myself from eating this? This man is sensitive about his cooking, as just about anyone is. Maybe I can slide it all onto my husband’s plate when no one is looking.

This is one of those non-life-threatening, just really-awkward situations you really don’t want to be in.

I still had no idea how I was going to get out of this when the plate is handed to me. I brace myself and breathe through my nose.

What? What is that I smell? The lovely aroma of tomatoes, garlic, and sausage?

Wow! That damn morning sickness can sure messed with my head. This dish was wonderful. I couldn’t believe how good it was. I think I had seconds. In fact, I made it at home every week for months, until I just got sick of it and needed a break.


That was a great story, but why, oh why did I write about it?

Well, I really wanted to write about a recipe that I found on the internet and changed a little to fit our needs.

The dish I made actually reminds me of the above dish, but I thought the story sounded much more interesting than: I was trying to find something to do with this chard I got in our Friday Farm Fresh produce box, so I surfed the web…

I just thought that was too boring.

Anyway… I was trying to find something to do with this chard I got in our Friday Farm Fresh produce box, so I surfed the web and found a great recipe that I tweaked and messed with until I came up with something that we liked.

For a link to the original recipe, click here. For a look at my variation, keep reading.

Italian Chicken Stew (Naturally Gluten Free)
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 4 - 6
This wonderful and easy chicken stew recipe is naturally gluten free and really, really good.
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 8 - 9 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • Large Chicken Breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 6 Mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Basil
  • ¼ cup Red Wine
  • 28 oz cans Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 bunch Parsley (rinsed and chopped)
  • 1 bunch Chard (rinsed and chopped)
  1. If you have everything chopped and ready ahead of time, it makes it much easier. In a large pan, saute garlic and onions in the olive oil until tender.
  2. Add chicken.
  3. Cook until starting to brown.
  4. Add mushrooms, oregano, basil, thyme.
  5. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Drain any juice that is there.
  7. Add wine and stir a bit.
  8. Add tomatoes.
  9. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  10. Add parsley and chard.
  11. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  12. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese. And enjoy!


Italian Chicken Stew |
Italian Chicken Stew

We all loved this dish. Even my son, who is only 20 months old. It’s nice and light. You can easily have it over gluten free noodles, if you so desire. We liked it on its own. If you try it, please leave a comment and let me know how it turned out.

Until later, here’s to … Living better, easily!

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