Chicken Broth (19/08/22)

The weather is on the change, yep I said it! Evening dog walks have suddenly become very ‘fresh’ and chicken stew is a great autumnal dish for cozy dinners. Actually, it’s a great dish full stop. It’s one pot (I’m a big fan of one pot), you can freeze portions. When defrosting, do it in the fridge over an entire day and reheat thoroughly. Now, when I do a stew I chuck in what I have. Not as successfully as my mother but I try! So I went online and found a recipe that was close to what I would do. Browning meat in flour helps any stew, you can add pepper to the flour if you like. Don’t worry about the flour browning, just scrape and stir. As always, if you make it, send in a picture and any tips you may have to improve the recipe and remember, it’s a stew – you don’t have to be 100% accurate with quantity and you can use your favourite veggies to make it your own.

Chicken Broth

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 225g carrots, sliced
  • 250g boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 250g new potatoes, halved (or waxy potatoes quartered)
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage ( I replaced the dried herbs with 2 tsps dried mixed herbs)
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 450mls chicken stock
  • 450mls veg stock (follow the instructions of your fave stock. I used Knorr cubes, using 1 litre stock in total)

Method

  1. Dice the onion and celery, mince the garlic, slice the carrots, and cut the baby potatoes in half before you begin.
  2. Cut the chicken thighs into 1-inch pieces. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp of the flour over the chicken and toss until the chicken is evenly coated.
  3. Add the butter and olive oil to a large pot. Heat the butter and oil over medium until they are hot and sizzling.
  4. Add the flour-coated chicken to the pot with the butter and oil and allow the chicken to brown on all sides (avoid stirring until browned on the bottom). When the chicken is browned and there is a nice brown layer of flour on the bottom of the pot, remove the chicken to a clean bowl with a slotted spoon. The chicken does not need to be cooked through at this point, just browned on the outside.
  5. Add the onion, celery, garlic, and carrots to the pot and continue to sauté until the onions are soft. Use the moisture released by the vegetables to dissolve and scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
  6. Once the vegetables are slightly softened, add the remaining 2 Tbsp flour to the pot and continue to sauté over medium for about two minutes more. The flour will begin to coat the bottom of the pot again.
  7. Return the browned chicken to the pot. Also add the potatoes, parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, pepper, chicken broth, and vegetable broth. Stir to combine and dissolve any flour off the bottom of the pot.
  8. Place a lid on the pot and allow it to come up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, remove the lid and turn the heat down to medium-low. Allow the stew to simmer over medium-low, without a lid and stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the broth has thickened.
  9. Taste the stew and add salt if needed (I did not add any, but it will depend on the salt content of the broth you used). Serve hot with crusty bread.

Recipe and photo from Beth at BudgetBytes

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