Chicken and Gnocchi Stew

This is one of our family favorites. It’s the perfect addition to your winter menu as well as your spring menu because of the grounding properties of the hearty bone broth and filling gnocchi. It’s relatively simple, although time consuming, but worth every minute it takes to create this delicious meal!

First thing you need is homemade chicken bone broth. I haven’t added a recipe yet on here, but the gist is you want an ORGANIC whole chicken….so important. If you get a conventional chicken you are literally letting your broth simmer in a pot of toxins, pesticides, chemicals and hormones. Just don’t. So you have your organic whole chicken and you are going to put it in a stock pot on high eat with just enough water to cover the chicken. Add in any veggies you want. My favorites are celery, onion roughly chopped (including the skin), carrots, peppers, parsley, greens, really anything! You want to add some organic or local chicken egg shells, these provide a great dose of calcium and other important nutrients. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar with the mother, this helps draw out the minerals from the bones. And then salt. Thats it. You are going to let this boil until the chicken is falling off the bones. Once it’s falling off the bones, you will take the chicken and bones out and put on a plate to cool. Once you can comfortably touch the chicken without it burning your hands, start taking the chicken off the bones and skin. Put the bones, giblets, and skin back in the stock pot and save the chicken for later for this meal and other meals. Turn the heat down to a simmer and let simmer for 12-24 hours. The longer the better. Once it’s been cooking for 12-24 hours, strain the junk out of the pot and keep the liquid gold! So EASY! Hope this helps. I’ll get an official recipe up soon. 

Chicken and Gnocchi Stew
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

INGREDIENTS
8 OUNCES SHELF-STABLE GLUTEN FREE GNOCCHI (HALF A 16-OUNCE PACKAGE)
1 PACKAGE FROZEN CARROTS, PEAS, AND CORN MIX
1/2 A WHOLE CHICKEN COOKED AND SHREDDED
1/4 CUP GLUTEN FREE FLOUR
4 TEASPOONS EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, DIVIDED
1 TEASPOON SALT
1/2 TEASPOON GROUND PEPPER, DIVIDED
1 TEASPOON DRIED THYME
3 CUPS HOMEMADE CHICKEN BROTH
Directions
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Stir in vegetables and cook until the gnocchi and veggies are tender, 1 to 2 minutes more. Drain. Now heat a pan with 1 tbsp preferred oil and heat over medium high heat, then toss chicken and let heat through and brown just a bit. About 2 minutes later once chicken is warm, add your flour and toss to coat. At this point your pans should be hot and your chicken starting to stick to it. Stir in broth, scraping down the browned bits at the bottom of the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the stew is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the gnocchi and peas and cook, gently stirring, until the gnocchi are hot, about 2 minutes. Season with your salt and pepper. Serve!

Chicken: Chicken is noted to have a high protein content and provide beneficial macro nutrients. The ONLY way you can receive benefits of eating ANY meat, including chicken, is to be sure it is organic, pasture raised and preferably as local as possible. Remember you only need 3-5 servings of animal products per week and you want to try and eat them later in the day for optimal digestion. Chicken can provide cardiovascular benefits and a great dose of omega-3 essential fatty acids which your body needs to help reduce systemic inflammation.

Bone Broth: Bone broth is noted for its amazing ability to help boost your immune system while sick. But it is so much more than that! It also helps to heal and seal the lining of your stomach and digestive tract allowing for the good bacteria to infiltrate the bad, also sealing up any holes that have been caused from a crappy diet causing gut permeability. Pretty powerful! It provides a great dose of collagen and gelatin which is found in our muscles, our brain, and even our skin, hair and eyes. It has all of the essential amino acids and is loaded with vital minerals. It should be an every day staple in your diet.

-Kasey