Braised Chicken Stew

MAN OH MAN…FALL IS HERE PEOPLE!! Look alive!! Apple picking, warm comfort food, scarves ♥

But not that nasty pumpkin spice latte… That crap is absolutely disgusting! Honestly I don’t understand people who drink that poison!

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Me and my peeps (my mom, sister and nephew) went apple picking last week and I made my famous apple crisp… Well maybe not famous but my family really loves it!! Ill post that recipe soon!

fall also means stew season is here!!

Stew is so comforting… The sauce makes your belly all warm and full. The veggies that have cooked so tenderly in the sauce and are just bursting with flavor. Potatoes are a million times better in a hot stew then by themselves. I won’t brief you all on how much I love potatoes again. If you’re interested in my absolute love for potatoes check out my Seasoned Smashed Baby Red Potatoes!  

It’s a perfect meal for a large family or just you  and your significant other ♥ I made this last weekend for work for me and that sweet guy (Eric ♥)  and it made spending my whole weekend at the hospital a little bit better!!! I love making this type of meal. The one pot wonders are always the way to go you barely need measurements! Just throw a bunch of meat, potatoes and veggies in a pot and enjoy.

Plus this one has thick cut peppered bacon. I mean how could you resist that?

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Braised Chicken Stew

yields 5-6 servings

Ingredients:

2 1/2-3 lbs of chicken drumsticks

4-5 pieces thick cut peppered bacon

1 medium onion, chopped

5 carrots, sliced

3 celery sticks, sliced

14 oz can diced fire roasted tomatoes

4 oz mushrooms, chopped or sliced (white or cremini)

12-15 baby red potatoes, quartered

4 cups low sodium chicken broth

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

salt/pepper

olive oil

2 tablespoons poultry seasoning

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon creole seasoning- ( I use Tony Chachere’s Creole)

5 sprigs of fresh thyme

2 bay leaves

bundle of fresh parsley, chopped for topping

crusty bread of your choosing for dipping and loving life while doing so!!

Instructions:

Chop all your veggies prior to make everything easier on yourself!– if you choose to chop the potatoes prior make sure your put them in cold water so they don’t brown.

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season chicken drumsticks in the garlic powder, onion powder, creole seasoning, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper, set aside.

I use the creole seasoning in almost everything I cook. I almost don’t care that sometimes it’s not made for that certain style of cooking it adds good flavor and a little kick to my meals! If your not into spicy stuff use less or none. Eric would be furious if I didn’t make his food spicy.

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fry bacon in a 5 quart cast iron dutch oven, once bacon is done transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess grease. Don’t drain the bacon grease from the pot, place chicken on a medium to high heat in the pot, cook/sear for 2-4 minutes on each side (until the skin is golden brown). Makes sure the chicken is seared on each side then transfer to a plate. Repeat searing with the rest of the chicken as well.

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Pour out all the fat in the pan. Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil to the bottom of the pan. Add the onions, carrots, celery. Sauté for 6-8 minutes. Add flour and continue to sauté for 1-2 minutes. Pour in canned tomatoes, 1 cup of broth, add mushrooms and potatoes and stir. Increase heat and let boil for 2 minutes. Add remaining cups of broth, salt and pepper to taste, thyme sprigs, bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Place seared chicken on top, turn heat to a simmer and cover for 40-45 minutes.

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Pre heat oven to 400 F

Remove all chicken drumsticks from the stew to a plate. Bring stew to a boil again for 15-20 minutes, to help thicken it. Take out thyme and bay leaves. Place chicken back on top of the stew and place uncovered pot into pre heated oven to bake for 10-15 minutes until the chicken skins are crisping again.

Chop parsley and coarsely chop peppered bacon from earlier while the stew is cooking. Take out your wonderful Braised Chicken Stew from the oven. Top with parsley and bacon.

Serve with crusty bread… because like I’ve said to many times before– it’s the most solid decision you’ll make all day. I know I say this a lot but, HONESTLY

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Enjoy!!!

 

if your looking for another warm and cozy meal try my absolutely delicious Perfect Cabbage Rolls, I’m pretty sure you wont regret it. They go like hot cakes at my house! This year I made them with fresh cabbages from my garden!

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I just love for people to learn new tricks! So if you’ve never poached an egg before and would like to learn head over to my Poached Egg Post

You’ll be shocked how easy it is to make! And delicious!!!

Pair it with some ham and an english muffin and you’ve got delicious Eggs Benedict!!! Topped with my homemade Hollandaise Sauce

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Or if your looking for a healthy and filling breakfast try out my poached eggs on top of asparagus here!!

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