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Hawaiian Turkey Stew (Slow Cooker Method)

By Edited Jun 20, 2016 1 2
Stew with Pineapple
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While I was looking for an easy way to make a gluten-free stuffed turkey breast, I came across a fabulous slow cooker recipe[1] by Ontario Turkey.

I thought it would be perfect for people visiting family and friends that are unable to cook a big Thanksgiving dinner for themselves.

All you need to bring is the turkey stew in your slow cooker, some rice to serve it on, and a gluten-free pumpkin loaf for dessert.

If anyone in your life is bedridden or unable to get around easily, it would be a welcome surprise and a lovely gesture for Thanksgiving or anytime that family and friends get together for the holidays.

Hawaiian Turkey Slow Cooker Stew

My gluten-free version follows this video:

G-F Hawaiian Turkey Stew

Prep: 15 mins | Total: 3.5 or 6.5 hrs

I made the following changes to the original recipe: extra virgin olive oil instead of canola oil; gluten-free soy sauce and gluten-free stock; and freshly ground chili pepper for hot chili sauce.

The original recipe called for 2 tsp. of hot pepper sauce which seemed like a lot (to me), so I'd go with 1/2 that amount (1 tsp.) since you can always add more later. Note: If you are going to use cayenne pepper flakes, use even less (1/2 the amount) since they are twice as hot as chili peppers.

TIP: If you are buying pineapple, get rings (instead of chunks) and cut them yourself. They will hold together longer in the slow cooker (and I think they taste fresher). Buy the type that are packed in their own juice (not packed in syrup with added sugars). Otherwise your spices will be off for this recipe.
1 (1-1/4 lb / 625 g) boneless, skinless turkey breast
2 tbsp. gluten-free soy sauce (I use San-J)
1 tbsp. rice vinegar
2 tsp. ginger root (freshly grated)
pinch freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil 
3/4 large red onion, largely diced (OR 1 medium red onion)
1 cup gluten-free turkey broth (I use Savory Choice)
2 cups fresh pineapple chunks (OR buy slices* and cut them up)
1 cup pitted Medjool[2] dates (chopped)
1 green or red bell pepper (chopped)
1/2 tsp. crushed chili flakes (aka red pepper flakes) OR 1 - 2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
Serve over rice or other starch (you'll need about 3 cups worth)
*1 can (20 oz) of pineapple slices (or rings) = 10 rings and 3/4 cup liquid, therefore you'll get about 14 oz worth of pineapple when sliced into chunks, just 2 oz shy of 2 cups 
In a shallow dish for marinating, grate ginger. Then add rice vinegar, soy sauce, ground pepper and combine well. Get out your cutting board for meat. Cut turkey breast into equal sized chunks, place them in marinade (ensure each piece is coated). Allow to marinate 15 minutes while you prepare remaining ingredients.
Sanitize or place cutting board, knife, or anything that touched raw turkey juice in dishwasher and wash your hands thoroughly. If you only have one cutting board, cut up all the dates and vegetables first.
Unless you are using homemade turkey broth, prepare broth according to directions (adding hot water, for example, to make 1 cup worth) and set aside. (If your broth was in the fridge, set out 1 cup worth).
On a cutting board for vegetables, chop red onion and place in small bowl. 
Then chop pineapple and pitted Medjool dates and add to a medium bowl (these two can be together in the same bowl). Note: You'll be adding the green bell pepper during the last 30 minutes of cooking, so leave it to wash and chop later).
By now, turkey should be done marinating. Get out your slow cooker and set close to stove.
In a large skillet, over med-high heat, add oil and brown turkey pieces on all sides (split this up into two batches, so you have lots of room to turn them). Place browned turkey pieces directly into your slow cooker.
Add red onion to pan (on top of the caramelized bits) and saute for 3 mins. Add broth, stirring to lift off anything stuck to pan and bring to a boil. Add broth and red onion to slow cooker.
Throw chopped pineapple and dates into slow cooker and add chili flakes or hot pepper sauce. Give everything a good stir, cover, and cook on "high" for 3 hours or on "low" for 6 hours.
Once time is up, get your rice cooking (unless you have leftover rice or other starch you can warm up in the microwave). Wash and chop green (or red) bell pepper and add it to the slow cooker. Give everything a good stir and allow it to cook for another 30 minutes (or until chopped bell pepper pieces are tender crisp).
Serve stew over rice (or other starch) and enjoy.

Put Lightly Browned Turkey in Slow Cooker

Browned Turkey in Slow Cooker
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Stir Up Red Onion and Broth

To loosen caramelized turkey bits stuck on pan

Red Onion and Broth
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Pineapple, Red Chili Flakes, and Dates

Green pepper is added last (for 30 mins longer)

Pineapple, Dates, Red Chili Flakes
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Give Everything a Good Stir and Cover

Cook on High for 3 hours or Low for 6 hours

Turkey Stew in Slow Cooker Before Turning "On"
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Don't Forget to Add Green Peppers

Let cook for another 30 mins & get your rice going

Adding Green Pepper to Stew
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My G-F Hawaiian Turkey Stew

My Hawaiian Turkey Stew
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San-J Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce

San-J Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce RoseWrites 2014-09-27 4.5 0 5

San-J Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce

For those of you on a gluten-free diet

San-J Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce, 10 Ounce
Amazon Price: $7.99 Buy Now
(price as of Jun 20, 2016)
The black label is certified vegan, non-GMO, certified gluten-free and kosher. This sauce is thicker and richer tasting than regular soy sauce (so I tend to use a bit less of it in recipes). What's more, it's low in sodium. According to company information, it's fermented for up to 6 months using only GMO-free soybeans. No MSG or artificial preservatives are added. Ingredients: water, soybeans, salt, and alcohol (to preserve freshness).

Savory Choice Liquid Turkey Broth Concentrate

Savory Choice Liquid Turkey Broth Concentrate RoseWrites 2014-09-27 5.0 0 5

Savory Choice Liquid Turkey Broth Concentrate

In stock on Amazon September 30th, 2014

Savory Choice Liquid Turkey Broth Concentrate, 5.1 Ounce Box
Amazon Price: $8.10 Buy Now
(price as of Jun 20, 2016)
My local grocery store was handing out samples of this turkey broth concentrate (which is also gluten-free). I was thoroughly impressed. Each little packet contains a liquid concentrate that you mix with 8 oz. of hot water. In the past, I'd use gluten-free chicken broth but I'd definitely recommend this brand for turkey based stews and recipes. It's also preservative-free, trans fat-free, and has no MSG. Ingredients: turkey stock, natural flavour, salt, turkey fat, maltodextrin, sugar, yeast extract, and xanthan gum.


Feb 12, 2015 6:40pm
I'm glad to have found this article - we're making a turkey soon, and it's so huge compared to how much we can eat - I'm sure with slight modification (since it'll already be cooked), I could make this recipe. Sounds really good.
Feb 12, 2015 7:39pm
Oh yes, precooked meat is fine, just add it in for the last 20 - 30 minutes with your green pepper.

I should mention that this dish also tastes great with chicken instead of turkey.

Thanks again for dropping by and commenting. Take good care, Rose
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  1. "HAWAIIAN TURKEY SLOW COOKER STEW." Ontario Turkey | Makes It Super. 27/09/2014 <Web >
  2. "Natural Delights Medjool Dates Nutritional Information." Medjool Date Nutrition from Natural Delights Canada. 27/09/2014 <Web >

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