This stew is quickly prepared if you have cooked chicken breasts on hand. Make it the night before and it’ll be ready for breakfast.
Freshly roasted almonds break down into nut butter faster than raw almonds. If possible, soak raw almonds overnight before roasting.
In this recipe the chicken, andouille sausage, onions and bell peppers should be sautéed (browned) before being placed in the slow cooker. If andouille sausage isn't available, kielbasa sausage is a good substitute.
This is a variation on the classic French fish stock, used for sauces and soups. Once prepared, the stock can be portioned and frozen for future use.
"Rustic" in this recipe means that you'll want to keep the tomatoes, celery and carrots as whole as possible, to retain their texture and visual aspect.