Grandma's Italian Chicken Zucchini Stew

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Grandma made everything simple, whatever was in the house, no rules, use chicken, pork, steak, sausage, or all of it. It's no wonder we miss our grandma's they knew how to make the easiest meals and turn them into a banquet that lingers in your mind the rest of your life!
We all love to sop the bread into this delicious sauce. Such an easy  dish to throw together  fast!

Comfort foods at their finest right here... 

3 boneless chicken breasts cut into chunks
2 large green bell peppers cleaned and sliced in chunks
2 cloves garlic cloves sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
Saute in olive oil  with all of the above ingredients,  in a large dutch oven saucepan.

After chicken is browned add all the following in the dutch oven: ( or crockpot if using)

1 - 29 ounce can of tomato sauce or whole tomatoes put through food processor
1 cup crinkle cut carrots fresh or canned
3 potatoes cut in chunks
2 cups frozen or canned peas
3 medium size zucchini washed and cut in chunks
1/2 teaspoon each oregano, parsley, salt and pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
optional: 1 cup mushrooms, 1 cup cut green beans
Fill empty sauce can with water or half burgundy wine half water and add to the pot.
Simmer on low either on top of the stove or in the oven (or even the crockpot on low for 6 to 8 hours) at 325 degrees. Cook until the potatoes and chicken are soft and tender around an hour.
Add 1 fresh basil leaf 1/2 hour before cooking is completed. 
Serve by dunking this sauce with fresh crusty Italian Bread Click here.


  1. Chicken cooked in this way is very tasty. Grandma's recipes have always something special. Bye, have a good day

  2. I am always exited when I see recepie with Grandma in it.What is it with our Grandmas exept that we love(D) them so much.
    My mother often says she doesnt think when her grandchildren grow up they will think of her kitchen and cooking(and she is excelelnt cook) that way...
    Stew is fantatstic.And we also us eto mop bread in soup in sauces and in the baking pans when meat was taken out;)))

  3. Sounds delicious AND comforting! Always enjoy your yummy posts :)

  4. You're absolutely right. My favorite part of visiting my Grandma's house was dinner time. She was an awesome cook!

    That is is one delicious looking pot of meat and veggies!

  5. 'Grandma's recipes are always the best!It looks great!xxx

  6. How delicious this sounds. I have some zucchini to use up. This is a wonderful way to do just that.

  7. I love these kinds of recipes and dishes!! The ones where you get creative with what you have and whats in season are always the tastiest :) Great ideas for my 3 zucchini I have left from this years garden!!

  8. This sounds great. It's definitely that time of year. Warm, hearty soups. That's what I like. Very healthy!

  9. I wish I had some recipes from my grandma. This sounds really good and I have peppers and mushrooms. I just may have found dinner tonight.

  10. Dear Claudia, This is so very true. My mom never used recipes and if she did she never wound up following it. Her food was just the best. I try to make some of the dishes she made but it just is not the same. I guess it is the company, the laughter and the music that is missing. I do try though so that my kids have memories too. Have a beautiful evening my dear friend, Catherine xoxo

  11. So hearty and warming! You're right - Grandmas did it best!

  12. Looks wonderful, and bookmarking this to try - my daughter enjoys all kinds of chicken recipes! Simple and easy is best for this grandmom too!

  13. I will be doing this Claudia - just bookmarked. Grandma and my aunts (and uncles) never used recipes. Part of the joy of cooking was learning (or just knowing) what combines well - as in this dish!

  14. Hubby would pick out all the zucchini, but that just means more for me! This looks like the perfect fall dinner~

  15. This zucchini stew look delicious and healthy too, great combo! ;)
    and tq for ur kind comment at my mandu post claudia... nice to know u! ;)

  16. Grandma's (Nonna's) recipes are always the best!


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