Rosemary Mushroom and Chicken Stew with Turnips

Five Elements Theory is a Chinese philosophy used to describe interactions and relationships between things. The five elements — wood, fire, earth, metal, and water — are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe between which interactions occur. At Cooper Mountain Vineyards we draw a deep connection between 5 Elements Theory and biodynamic farming, which considers the entire ecosystem.

Our 5 Elements recipe series brings you seasonal preparations to pair alongside our biodynamic wines.



We have made it to Winter, the season of cozy sweaters, darker days, and warm fire places.  Winter is associated with the Water Element in Chinese Medicine, which connects us to the deepest parts of our body–our bones, our nervous system, and our reserves.  Take this time to recharge, slow down and fill up your nourish your body.  Slowly sip on a glass of the Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir Meadowlark, while filling up on a bowl of hearty Rosemary Mushroom and Chicken Stew.  Nothing left to do but rest now.

Rosemary Mushroom and Chicken Stew with Turnips

Serves 4


1 ½ pounds of chicken breast or thighs

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 large turnips, peeled and cubed

8 ounces cremini mushrooms

1 medium onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

½ cup dry white wine

4 cups kale, chopped

3 cups vegetable or chicken broth

1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces and season with sea salt and black pepper


Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat and cook chicken until lightly browned for about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to plate. Add 2 more tablespoons of broth to the pot. Add turnips, mushrooms, garlic and onion and cook, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes or until onions are soft. Add wine and cook for 1 minute. Stir in kale, broth, and rosemary. Add in chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook until turnips are tender. Serve with sourdough bread or a whole grain if desired.

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