Spring Chicken Ragu


Stewing the chicken on the bone makes it tender and juicy.


  • 2 whole chicken breasts (1 ¾ pounds), bone in, split and skinned

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 ¾ cups Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat

  • 4 canned plum tomatoes, seeded and quartered

  • 12 baby carrots, peeled and trimmed

  • ½ pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 ½-inch pieces

  • 1 leek (about 6 ounces), cut into ¼-inch rounds, well washed

  • 1 cup shelled peas, preferably fresh

  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish (optional)


  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet, add chicken, and cook over medium-high heat until golden brown on both sides, about 7 minutes total.

  2. Add stock and tomatoes, bring to a boil, and cover. Cook on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes; remove chicken, and set aside.

  3. Add carrots to skillet, and cook, covered, until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Add asparagus, leeks, and peas, and cook until all the vegetables are tender, about 5 more minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, pull chicken from bone, and shred into large bite-size pieces. Return chicken to skillet, and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Garnish with sprigs of parsley, if desired.

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