Chicken Stew Recipe:
Chicken stew is a nice tasty meal that warms us up on those cold days.
A chicken stew is full of flavour and goodness. It is a meal that will make us feel good.
The beauty of a chicken stew is that it is great for a big family. Everyone can just help themselves from the pot.
Chicken Stew is perfect if you are having guests for dinner as you can have it all ready before your guests arrive and then you are not disappearing into the kitchen for ages, leaving your guests unattended.
Also with this chicken stew it is perfect for one or two people living in the house, as you can freeze this chicken stew into portion and just take it out as and when you need it and simply heat the chicken stew up on the day you want to have more. This way you can still eat healthy when living alone.
For those of us that have busy lives but want to eat healthy and not rely on a take-away and readymade meals, this chicken stew is the perfect type of meal as it easy to make a big pot full (one lot of cooking) and freeze it into portions for future use. A few days dinner is made in one go, saving you time.
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6 – 8 people
- 1 small chicken
- 3 litres of water
- ½ (300g) sweet potato
- 3 medium (450g) potato
- 1 large onion
- 85g (handful) green beans
- 2 (250g) carrot
- ¼ (300g) swede
- chicken gravy granules
- 1 leek
- salt & pepper
- 1 tsp mixed herbs
Chicken Stew – Method & Instructions
In a large pot something like a 4 ½ litre pot, put 2 ½ – 3 litres of water.
Into the pot of water, place your chicken upside down and put on a lid. You may wish to adjust the lid slightly to let a little bit of steam out.
Turn the heat to high and bring the water to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 1 ½ hours.
While the chicken is cooking, it is a good idea to prepare your vegetables at this stage.
Firstly roughly dice up your onion.
Secondly chop your carrots into either large diced pieces or half moon circles or full circles. Whatever you decide it is best that they are chunky. You don’t want your vegetables too small. I personally leave the skins on but if you don’t like to of course it is fine to peel the skin of your carrots.
Peel the skin of your swede, this can be done with a peeler or you can use your sharp knife. Making sure to cut down and away from you and not up towards you. And dice the swede into large chunks.
With the sweet potato you need to peel and dice into large chunks too.
Cut both ends of the green beans and then cut the beans in 3 so they are about an inch in length.
The potatoes can be peeled or you can leave the skin on. You need to dice the potatoes into chunks of about 1 – 2 inches. Place the potatoes into a bowl of cold water, making sure the water completely covers the potatoes. This prevents the potatoes from turning black.
Next you need to chop off the end of the leek and slice into circles of about ½ an inch thick.
The Chicken Stew Smells AMAZING!!!!
Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pot by getting a couple of large serving ladles or spoons (holey ones are best) and tilt the chicken slightly and let the juices drain from the chicken for a couple of minutes. Then place the chicken on a large dish or plate the right way up.
You need to sieve the chicken juice from the pot into a bowl, allowing the sieve to filter any unwanted little bits. After you have emptied the juice from the pot, wash the large pot out. And then pour the chicken juice from the bowl, back into your large pot.
Now it is time to pull the chicken meat off and place the chicken pieces into the chicken juice.
Place all the prepared vegetables into the pot of lovely chicken juice.
Season the chicken stew with salt & pepper and mixed herbs. Put the lid back on.
Have the heat on high now and bring to the boil.
Once boiled, turn the heat down and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes until all the vegetables are cooked.
Take out about 2 cups of juice and add some chicken gravy granules a little at a time and stir with a fork or a tablespoon. Once it is nice and thick then add it back into your stew. The gravy will thin out again when mixed with the rest of the stew juice.
The Chicken Stew Looks Amazing Too!!!!!!!!!
Give the chicken stew a good stir. If you find the chicken stew too thick then just add a little water to it.
By putting the chicken in at the same time as adding the vegetables it makes the chicken go all stringy and is beautifully distributed in the stew. However, if you like chunky bits of chicken then add your chicken into the chicken stew at the end after you have added your chicken gravy.
Now it is time to serve into a bowl and enjoy.