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Chicken, Apple & Butternut Squash Stew

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Ingredients

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken (may be thighs, breast or a combination of both)

**If you wish, you could substitute 2 lbs of pork sausage or chicken sausage

1 1/4 tsp salt, divided

1 tsp black pepper, divided

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 1/2 cups onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup red pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 tsp cinnamon

3 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup apple cider

1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock

2 cups apple, peeled and finely chopped (Granny Smith or Gala)

Directions

Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of chicken to pan, saute 5-6 minutes until chicken is browned. Remove chicken from pan, repeat procedure with remaining chicken.

Reduce heat to medium; add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add onion, garlic, red pepper, ginger and cinnamon. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add squash, cook 2 minutes more. Sprinkle vegetables with flour and cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in cider and chicken stock, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in chicken, remaining salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat, partially cover, simmer 20 minutes, stir in apple. Cook another 10 minutes or until apple is tender.