Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chicken Stew

I made Chicken Stew over the weekend. 

Doesn't it look yummy?!  It was! 

It was super-easy, too, since I made it in the slow cooker (or as most people like to call it...the crock pot)! 






I've told you before that we eat a lot of chicken in our house.  Mainly because the only meat Grace will eat is either chicken or turkey (I think I told y'all that before, too).  Growing up, I only liked boneless chicken breast.  Even as an adult, I preferred boneless skinless chicken breast over whole chickens.  Just in the past few years have I started cooking whole chicken.  In that short amount of time, it's become my favorite type of chicken to prepare.  Mainly because it's cheap, easy and there's always leftovers! 

I love having pre-cooked (and chopped) chicken in the freezer.  It's perfect for quick and easy meals on busy nights (or on those days I really don't want to fuss around in the kitchen). 

Chicken Noodle Soup is one of my go-to meals (usually twice a month during winter months) when I have leftover chicken.  And even though the weather has been a bit cooler lately, I wasn't quite ready for Chicken Noodle Soup.  I was in the mood for stew more than soup.

This is the first time I've made chicken stew and I'm happy to have another recipe option for all of our leftover chicken!  I started with a very meaty chicken carcass that I placed in my slow cooker to make chicken stock, covered with water, and let it simmer on low overnight.  In the morning, I removed the carcass, picked off all of the meat and set aside to cool. 

I then strained the stock into a large bowl.  I measured out 4 cups of the stock, skimmed the fat as much as possible, and added it back to the slow cooker.  I also added about 2 cups of water since this stock was very concentrated.  After that, I started chopping the veggies for the stew......



Chicken Stew

Ingredients: 
  • 4 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 large potatoes, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 3 cups frozen mixed veggies (carrots, peas, corn, green beans, lima beans)
  • 2-3 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 Tbs. dried parsely
  • 1/2 Tbs. bottled minced garlic (heaping)
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Mrs. Dash
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 4 Tbs. flour (I used Wondra)
Directions:

  • Add all ingredients (exept the chicken and flour) to slow cooker. 
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-5 hours (or until potatoes are tender)
  • Remove 2 cups of liquid from stew and mix with the flour. 
  • Stir flour mixture into the stew. 
  • Stir in chicken. 
  • Simmer for another 30 minutes to an hour. 

Notes: 
  • This seemed to cook really quickly.  I'm wondering if it's because I started with a hot slow cooker and hot chicken stock.  You may have to adjust cooking times if using canned or cold stock. 
  • Even with the 4 Tbs. of flour, it still didn't get as thick as I would have liked.  Next time, I'll either use less liquid or add more vegetables. 
  • After we each enjoyed heaping bowls full of this stew, we still had plenty leftover.  The following night, I reheated the leftovers and poured over a pot of egg noodles.  This stretched the stew for another 2 nights! 

I'll be sharing this recipe and linking up to the following blog carnivals and linky parties: 










7 comments:

rainbowcreek said...

Your chicken stew looks delicious. I love those kind of meals that get a makeover for another meal. I call them "planned overs" so I only have to cook big a couple times a week. Thanks for the chance for a Fairy Hobmother visit. Not sure what that is but I'm in.

Cooking with Cristin said...

i have been waiting for this recipe! it looks so easy and sounds so delicious
i know what we will be making once it gets chilly outside:)
i have it bookmarked and i will let you know when it makes it to a menu
<3 cooking with cristin

Colie's Kitchen said...

Looks great!! It's still too warm down here to eat a lot of soups or stews, but I can't wait. I love chicken stew, and I am craving corn chowder. Finally our weather is under 100 degrees each day meaning you can actually breath outside lol. Like I said this looks great thanks for sharing!

Lisa Whitaker said...

I never heard of the Fairy Hobmother. I am very interested in this concept for my own blog. Now off to look at your appliances link and do some wishful thinking...LOL. Oh and your stew looks out of this world good.

Silverfaerie said...

The stew looks delicious! I have a recipe for chicken soup with homemade parley noodles that is amazing. If you're interested, please let me know :)

As for the Fairy HObmother? I love faeries! She is welcome to visit me anytime. With a GF too! OMG that would totally awesome!

Thanks! Visiting via the Thirsty for Comments Thursday Blog Hop at Acting Balanced!

Spray Paint Queen said...

Yum - I already had dinner but this is making me hungry! I love dishes like this. Oh, and I was raised on chicken..sigh

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I love a good chicken soup! I love how you can make it different each time and it's still good! Congrats on the hobfairy! Happy amazon shopping!

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