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Chicken Sake Stew

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)
Tamari is similar to soy sauce but richer and darker; look for reduced-sodium tamari in the ethnic foods section of most grocery stores and in health-food stores. You can substitute low-sodium soy sauce. Along with the tamari, sake deepens the stew's taste and aroma without overpowering the dish's other flavors.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots (about 2 large)
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
  • 3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups sake
  • 2 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups cubed white potato (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Nutrition Information

  • calories 366
  • caloriesfromfat 13 %
  • fat 5.3 g
  • satfat 1.1 g
  • monofat 2.5 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 28.8 g
  • carbohydrate 30.8 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • cholesterol 80 mg
  • iron 2.9 mg
  • sodium 794 mg
  • calcium 41 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add shallots to pan, and sauté for 3 minutes or until golden. Add garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Transfer shallot mixture to a large bowl.

  2. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil in pan over medium-high heat. Place 1/4 cup flour in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Dredge half of chicken in flour, shaking off excess. Add dredged chicken and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper to pan, and cook for 6 minutes or until browned on all sides. Add browned chicken to shallot mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining flour, chicken, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.

  3. Add sake to pan; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add broth, tamari, and 1/2 cup water. Add chicken mixture to pan, stirring to combine. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.

  4. Combine remaining 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl; stir until smooth. Add flour mixture to pan; stir well. Stir in potato. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until potato is tender. Uncover and simmer 15 minutes or until desired thickness. Remove from heat; stir in parsley.