Monday, March 14, 2016

Chicken Stew

It was chilly and damp the other night, and soup seemed to be the order of the day.  Ryan wanted cream of chicken soup, but I had something a bit less caloric in mind.


2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken
2 onions, cut in 1/4" cubes
5 ribs celery, cut in 1/2" slices
1/2 pound carrots, cut in 1/4" slices
2 tsp vegetable base
4 tsp chicken base
6 allspice, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 cup barley or rice
10 cups water

Cut the chicken into bite sized chunks (about 1/2" to 3/4" cubes).  Saute in a stockpot with the diced onions until they are browned.  Rinse 2 or 3 times in cold water to remove any fat, then return to the stove.  Stir in the vegetable base and chicken base, then add the water, allspice and bay leaves.  Cook 20 minutes, add the carrots and celery, cook another 10 minutes, then add the barley or rice and cook about 30 minutes.  Optional: if you like a thicker broth, stir 1/4 cup cornstarch into 1/4 cup cold water, then stir that into the soup 5 minutes before serving.  Remove the bay leaves before serving (or maybe just tell the recipients of the bay leaves that bay leaves bring good luck).

I served this with baking powder biscuits, and there was nothing left.  Ryan even whined a little that he wouldn't have anything to eat for lunch the next day.  I guess that means this was a good effort.

Happy Monday, everyone!


rottrover said...

I was just talking with a friend about the curative factors of chicken stew! I'll have to try your recipe!

~~louise~~ said...

Happy Monday Evening Marjie!

It's been so gloomy and damp around here too, Marjie. Chicken Stew sounds pretty darn good right now. The touch of allspice is a nice surprise.

I always remove the bay leaves because Marion thinks they are there to be eaten, lol...I had forgotten about Bay Leaves bringing good luck though.

Thanks so much for sharing, Marjie...Poor Ryan:)

Two French Bulldogs said...

That is some good stuff
Lily & Edward

grace said...

leftovers would've been tasty, but what're you gonna do? i can tell why it was gobbled up--this is total comfort food!

Sue said...

I don't think there's anything better than soup and warm bread, or biscuits, on a dreary day.

Pam said...

A good effort indeed! This is my kind of soup and the perfect meal on a cold day.

pam said...

I love this kind of soup!

Faye Lewis said...

Your stew sounds delicious and comforting.

Diane said...

Ah, I have some barley that needs using up, thanks for this, a good way to use it up. Sounds very yummy. Hope all is well Diane

Lapdog Creations said...

Sounds delish!