Brunswick Chicken Stew with Smoked Paprika

This is an amazing stew that we have served during the holidays (usually as the Christmas Eve Entree) for the past several years.
It has always been a crowd pleaser and most folks have gone back for a second helping! I usually make a double or triple batch so we have a better chance of having leftovers because we love it too!
The best part is it is healthy and low fat and you would never guess it!
This recipe can be made the night before serving. The flavor of the smoked paprika becomes more pronounced (yum!) the longer it is made in advance.
To speed up the cooking time, you can use a store bought pre-roasted chicken. For variety (and extra protein), you can add 1 cup frozen lima beans, thawed.

2 1/2 cups cubed Yukon Gold potatoes
1 1/2 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 (14 ounce) cans of less sodium chicken broth (or 4 1/2 cups less sodium chicken broth)
2 bacon slices cut crosswise into 1/2 inch strips
3 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts
1/2 – 2/3 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika (Can be found at Penzey’s Spices in Oak Park or on line)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (use black pepper if you want less heat)

Makes 6 1 1/2 cup servings.

Combine first six ingredients in a Dutch oven (or large pot) over medium-high heat, then bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer covered for 30 minutes or until potatoes are cooked (soft with the poke of a fork) – stirring occasionally.
Stir in chicken, paprika, salt and pepper and simmer another 15 minutes.

Goes great with a chunk of hand torn crusty bread and a lighter red wine such as a Pinot Noir or a glass of chilled champagne.

I wish to thank my friend, Deb Grigg, for sharing her lovely recipe with us!