Spicy Chicken Stew with California Golden Raisins

Stew chicken with raisins, fresh gingerroot and several spices for a tropical flavor.


  • Serving Size: 2 ounces chicken


  • 3/4 cup California golden raisins
  • 3 slice young gingerroot, each about 1/8-inch thick
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken pieces, with bones and skin intact
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron strands
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick (1 1/2 inches long)
  • 1 onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


In a small saucepan, simmer raisins, ginger and water over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half and raisins are plump. Pour into a blender and blend to a fine purée. Strain purée into a 3-quart nonstick pot, pressing hard on any remaining solids to extract all the liquid.

Add remaining ingredients except balsamic vinegar and salt; partially cover and bring to a boil over medium-low heat. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is very tender and sauce is thick. Stir more frequently toward end of cooking to prevent scorching; add water as neccessary.

To Assemble

After sauce has thickened and chicken is tender, finish stew by adding balsamic vinegar and salt. Cook 1 minute more. Serve with hot bread.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 490 (71% from fat); Total Fat 39g (sat 12g, mono 16g, poly 8g, trans <1g ); Cholesterol 130mg; Protein 16g; Carbohydrate 20g; (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 16g; ); Iron 2mg; Sodium 290mg; Calcium 37mg; Potassium 342mg

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