Thursday, 22 July 2010

Summer Chicken Stew

So this is the amazing stew I made on Monday out of our haul from the allotment. I make this every year with the first of our broad beans, potatoes, carrots and onions; it's becoming a bit of a tradition - although it is later this year than usual. The recipe is by Tamasin Day Lewis, seen on Market Kitchen, and I have mentioned it before, but this time I will share the recipe - though I'll leave quantities up to you as really you can just use however much you've got. It's the lovage and mint that makes it really special!

Summer Chicken Stew
  • Roughly chop an onion and saute in a little oil until just translucent.
  • Add chicken pieces (bone in, skin on) to the pan, skin side down, and brown. Turn them over and briefly brown the flesh side too, then remove from the pan.
  • Add new potatoes to the pan (washed, skins on) and coat in the chicken fat. Then place the chicken pieces back in, on top of the potatoes, and add chicken stock to cover.
  • Add baby carrots.
  • Bring to the boil, then reduce to a bare simmer.
  • Boil or steam the broad beans, and pop them from their skins if you like (I don't bother).
  • After the stew has been simmering for 50 minutes, add peas and a few chopped lovage leaves.
  • After 10 more minutes, add the cooked broad beans.
  • Check the potatoes are cooked through, check seasoning, add chopped mint off the heat, and serve.


Green Lane Allotments said...

Wow is that one portion?

Nome said...

Hey I was hungry!

Monica said...

As you may know I don't eat chicken, but the rest of that stew looks delightful. So many wonderful veggies and I love the addition of broad beans. Would it be sacrilege to make this w/o the bird??

Nome said...

Hey Monica, thanks for stopping by! Personally I feel this would really be missing something without the chicken, but you're used to meat-free meals so why not give it a try and let us know?

We are trying to reduce the amount of meat we eat too, but I couldn't skimp on this one!

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