Easy chicken stew

31 January 2008

I offered to cook lunch the other day for the boy and another friend, but not knowing his kitchen very well nor having the comfort of all the herbs etc in my own kitchen, I made do and tried to come up with something quick and simple, while suited for a cold winter afternoon. A quick shopping trip and I came back with ingredients to cook a very easy chicken stew.

Yet another one of my cook-yourself-without-me-slaving-away concoction I guess, lol…

Ingredients (enough for 4):

  • 4 chicken pieces, cut up into big chunks
  • 2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into big chunks
  • 5-6 shallots, peeled and halved
  • 1kg baby new potatoes, peeled
  • 1 pint chicken stock
  • 1 can of green peas, drained
  • 1 bouquet garni

In a casserole/heavy saucepan, lightly sauté the chicken pieces with a little olive oil. Then add in everything except the peas, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Season with some pepper, and add in the peas. Leave to cook for another few minutes until the potatoes are tender. Fish out the bag of bouquet garni and serve the stew/ casserole with some baguette or French bread.

Note 1: I may try to cook the chicken in sesame oil next time, or at least marinate it in sesame oil to give it a tad more flavour, and hopefully softens the chicken more. Boiled chicken is never quite as nice in my opinion.

Note 2: In order to cut down cooking time, which is largely dependent on the potatoes, get those nearly-ready-to-eat type, which is normally indicated on the packaging as suitable for microwave cooking. With this, you can have the meal ready in about 15 minutes top!

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