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pork and beans stew with a chicken surprise

Recipe by
barbara lentz
beulah, MI

This stew is so flavorful and the chicken gives it an added savory note that increases the richness of the sauce. You don't have to do the baking soda step in the recipe. The baking soda helps tenderize the meat and causes the meat to have a silky mouth feel

yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 45 Min
cook time 2 Hr 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For pork and beans stew with a chicken surprise

  • 1/2 lb
    bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 lb
    pork butt cut into pieces
  • 4
    boneless skinless thighs cut into pieces
  • 1/2 c
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 lg
    onion diced
  • 1 c
    carrots chopped
  • 1/2 c
    celery chopped
  • 1/4 c
    garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 4 c
    chicken broth
  • 1 pkg
    knorr's homestyle chicken bouillion
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh sage chopped
  • 2
    15 oz. can cannellini or pinto beans

How To Make pork and beans stew with a chicken surprise

  • 1
    Sprinkle 1/4 cup baking soda onto pork pieces and rub lightly. Sprinkle the other 1/4 cup baking soda onto chicken and rub lightly. Let sit 30 minutes then rinse well. The meat is ready to use now.
  • 2
    In large dutch oven cook bacon until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon onto paper towel lined plate. Set aside.
  • 3
    Season pork and chicken with salt and pepper. Add the pork to bacon fat and brown on all sides. Remove with slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.
  • 4
    Add chicken to pan adding a small amount of oil if needed. Brown on all sides. Remove from pan with slotted spoon and set aside in refrigerator.
  • 5
    Add the onions, carrots, celery, to the fat adding a small amount of oil if needed. Cook 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Whisk in the flour and cook 2 minutes.
  • 6
    Add the chicken broth, chicken bouillon, and bay leaves. Place pork into sauce and cover and reduce to a simmer and simmer 2 hours. Adding more broth if it gets to dry.
  • 7
    Add the chicken, thyme, sage, beans, and bacon. Simmer another 30 minutes. Remove bay leaves before serving.

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