Thursday 29 October 2015

healing & warming chicken stew.

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you've probably noticed that I've been feeling rather poorly lately. A horrible cold has morphed into a chest infection, and I'm feeling very sorry for myself. On Tuesday I managed to haul myself out of bed and cook this really easy chicken stew, which has been keeping me going for a few days, and it feels like it's healing me.

To make enough for 6-8 servings, you'll need...

• 5 chicken thighs
• 1 lemon
• 6 cloves of garlic
• 5 carrots
• 4 spring onions
• a thumb of fresh ginger
• 3 sticks of celery
• a few chestnut mushrooms
• brown rice
• a little chilli powder
• salt & pepper

• Heat the oven to 180ºC.
• Put the chicken thighs in a roasting dish with half a lemon, 1 1/2 carrots cut into chunks, a sliced garlic clove, a little salt, and about 2-3cm of water. Bake for around 45min or until cooked through.
• Once cooked, remove the skin (keep to crisp up later or chuck if you're not a fan) and remove all the meat & place in a bowl. 
• Remove the lemon & pour the water from the dish into a jug - this will be your stock for the stew!
• Using a stick blender, blend the carrots and garlic in the jug of stock. Add juice of remaining half of the lemon. Add more water if necessary.

• Heat a casserole dish or large saucepan over a medium heat. 
• Finely dice the remaining garlic & the ginger. Place half of it in the pan with a small amount of oil, and roughly chopped spring onions. Cook for 5 minutes to soften. 
• Slice the carrots and celery, and add to the pan, stirring often and adding a little water if anything starts to stick to the bottom. Cook for about 10 minutes or until they start to soften.
• Add the chicken to the pan, stir and add the stock.
• Add the mushrooms and remaining garlic & ginger, stir and turn off the heat. Leave for 15 minutes.
• Season with salt, pepper and chilli powder to taste. 

• I used microwave brown rice as I was feeling too poorly to cope with cooking it properly. One packet is plenty for this. You can either cook & serve it separately, or mix it in with the stew in the pan. Be aware that the rice will soak up some of the liquid though!!

• If you want to make crispy chicken skin shards simply slice the chicken skin and place on a baking tray with a little salt. Pop them in the oven for 5-10mins or until perfectly crisp. 

You can, of course, add in any veggies that tickle your fancy - the more the merrier! 

I've been loving having this easy meal in my fridge for when I get hungry. Just pop a bit in a bowl, heat it up, and feel the goodness. It's such a lovely dinner, whether you're feeling poorly or not! 

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  1. Oh, that sounds like what I'd need (although maybe not right at this very moment while I'm sipping my coffee, lol).
    I've been sick with sore throat and chesty cough for almost a week, and I do crave something warm to soothe my poor throat. Thank you for posting this recipe!


  2. This looks delicious! Perfect for a chilly autumn night!

  3. Ahhhh now I'm starving!

    xx Alyssa

  4. Over the past few weeks I feel like I've been constantly sniffling, sneezing or coughing, so this sounds like the perfect remedy when feeling under the weather! I hope you feel better soon :)

  5. This looks lovely, i'm not even feeling under the weather but this sounds great!

  6. This looks so good - hope you feel better soon! This time of year is the worst for bugs so I'm definitely trying to make my diet as good as it can be in the hope of avoiding them! x

  7. This looks yummy! I hope you are feeling better. x

  8. Yummy! It looks delicious! I have to try! :)

  9. hope you're feeling better now lovely! chest infections are horrible. this however, looks delicious!


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