Chicken Stew

Nothing says comfort like a hearty stew topped with hot buttered biscuits. Comfort foods make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside causing you to forget about the bad things that have happened in the day. That is why so many people go to a place of comfort when eating. It kind of fills the void of emptiness one may have when things aren't going right.

We sometimes reach for the things that make us feel better such as a piece of chocolate or that rich, decadent pie we know we shouldn't have but the feeling you get once you receive that treat may feel like heaven to you.

I like comfort foods, especially in the fall and winter when the weather is cold, and all you want is something to warm your bones. I also like to spend less time in the kitchen and more in my warm bed. For this reason, my favorite meals to prepare usually are one pot meals. Here is a meal I would like for you to try called chicken stew.

Ingredients

2 leg quarters

4 potatoes

3 to 4 carrots

1 onion

2 to 3 celery stalks

1 Tbsp thyme

6 cups water

1 Tbsp cornstarch (mix with equal water)

1 Tbsp poultry seasoning

4 cloves garlic

2 bay leaves

Salt and pepper

This recipe can be prepared on the stovetop, but I prefer a Crockpot since all I want to do is forget about it. There's not much work involved in one pot meals other than cutting the ingredients and putting them inside the Crockpot. Cut all the vegetables: potatoes, carrots, celery and onions into chunks. Stews are intended to be chunky. Clean the chicken and add to the slow cooker. Add the cut up vegetables and cover the ingredients with 6 cups of water or chicken broth. Cut up 4 to 5 cloves of garlic and add to the stew. I am a fan of garlic and try to use it as much as possible. Then add the bay leaves and 1 Tbsp of thyme. Season the stew with salt and pepper to taste. Cook stew on low for 4 to 6 hours or until the meat starts falling from the bone. I thicken my stew with cornstarch. Use 1 Tbsp cornstarch to 1 Tbsp water and add to hot liquid about half way through cooking. Once the stew is ready remove the bones from the stew. I like serving my chicken stew on top of biscuits.