Sunday, April 15, 2012

Summery Chicken Stew?

This week's challenge is "One Pot", so all week I was thinking "bean and ham soup" so that I could use the ham bone from our Easter dinner. Dad's lower digestive system has been pretty unhappy this week, so I figured bean soup would be a bad idea. Then I started thinking "chicken stew", but the weather suddenly decided to get nice and warm and all day I've been thinking "I don't want to make stew!". I'm going to give it a shot anyway, but I'll try to make it a little more summery. I'm making this up as I go along, so it may fail. Here goes...

Dice a few red skinned potatoes and toss them in a pot.

Next, slice and dice a little yellow onion.

Now add a little diced carrot and celery.

Cut up some broccoli and mince a little garlic, or a lot of garlic.

Add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then about 3-ish cups of chicken broth. Mine is in ice cube form, so I don't really know how much is there.

Now put it over low heat to melt your chicken broth ice cubes. :)

Here comes the summery part...Add the juice and zest from a lemon. It will make the whole thing taste like sunshine. I hope. It's also a great way to find out if you have any teeny tiny cuts on your hands. I've also been holding onto the rind from some Parmesan for a while, so I'm tossing that in for extra flavor.

Next I diced a couple of chicken breasts and added them.

Now mix it all up, cover it and let it simmer on medium-low heat stirring once in a while. I also decided to add some fresh parsley from my garden. After a while you may want to turn it down to low. Let it simmer on low for a couple of hours. Serve with bread, fresh from the oven!

It doesn't look like anything special, but it sure was tasty!

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