We’re back! We’re finally back! And you know what? It feels good.
Now, raise your hand if you, like me, prefer winter to summer. Really? That few? Come on! Winter is way better than summer. With that delightfully chilly weather, sweaters and sweatshirts, heated blankets, hot cocoa, and warm, thick soups. It’s the best time of year for most of my favorite things and I love it! Plus, there’s nothing like sitting near a window watching new-falling snow, reading a book under a cozy blanket, and drinking delicious hot chocolate. I’d take that over blistering heat and sweaty armpits everyday.
But enough about me, let’s get on to this stew, surely something we can all appreciate in the next few cold weather months.
So this recipe is a bit of a departure from the photo. Yes, they really just show three pictures of meat stew with varying degrees of large chunks. But I didn’t want to bore you or your tastebuds with a new take on my new favorite stew recipe. And since Link himself can make this with bird, let’s go along that route and make a thick, creamy chicken and wild rice soup.
I start with chicken breast. I mean, yes, the recipe calls for drumstick, but who has time to scrape meat off the drumstick bone? Certainly not me! So chop the chicken into 1 inch or smallerish pieces. Then dice your onion and get ready to cook!
Add some oil to the bottom of a large pot or (you knew I was going to say it) a dutch oven. Heat on medium high until hot. Add all your chicken at once, season with the salt and pepper, and cook until the outsides are nearly cooked, about 1-2 minutes. Add all the onion and stir together until the chicken is completely cooked on the outside, another 2 minutes max. This means no pink is showing on the outside, but they’ll definitely still be raw on the inside! We want that. It’ll mean the chicken with finish cooking with the rice and not get rubbery.
Add all the rice and stir and cook until the rice is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. It’s really not that much. It should only have been about 5 minutes from the time we first started cooking the chicken.
Add 4 cups of the chicken broth and the remaining seasonings, and bring to a nice, rolling simmer. Nothing too fancy, just enough to be considered a simmer. Cover and let it simmer for 1 hour 15 minutes. Yes, I did say that correctly, and yes, it’s very specific. We are walking a fine line between cooked rice and rubbery chicken. I’ve found that 1 hour 15 minutes is kinda that happy medium. If it goes a little long, I don’t think it’ll ruin the dish. If it goes a little short, I hope you’re okay with slightly underdone rice.
Meanwhile, chop the carrots and the celery. Add them all at once with another cup or two of the chicken broth at the end of the 1.25 hours. Bring to a simmer and then check for seasoning. Add more of anything (but mostly the salt and pepper) at this time.
Then add the milk and flour. Whisk the soup together until all the flour is completely mixed in with no lumps. Allow to simmer and thicken for 10 minutes, or until the carrots are soft. Serve in your favorite winter bowls and enjoy!
Creamy Chicken and wild rice stew with carrots and celery
- 2 large chicken breasts (about 1.5 pounds)
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 cup wild rice
- 5-6 cups chicken broth
- 3 medium carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt (or more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper (or more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt or garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons vegetable (or other) oil
- Dice the chicken into 1 inch pieces.
- Dice the onion
- Add oil to the bottom of a large pot or dutch oven. Heat on medium high until hot.
- Add all the chicken at once, season with the salt and pepper, and cook until the outsides are nearly cooked, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add all the onion and stir together until the chicken is completely cooked on the outside, another 1-2 minutes.
- Add all the rice and stir and cook until the rice is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. It should only be about 5 minutes from the time we first started cooking the chicken.
- Add 4 cups of the chicken broth and the remaining seasonings, and bring to a rolling simmer.
- Cover and let simmer for 1 hour 15 minutes.
- Chop the carrots and the celery while the stew is cooking.
- Add them all at once with another cup or two of the chicken broth at the end of the 1.25 hours. Bring to a simmer and check for seasoning, particularly salt and pepper.
- Add the milk and flour. Whisk the soup together until all the flour is completely mixed in with no lumps.
- Allow to simmer and thicken for 10 minutes, or until the carrots are soft. Serve in your favorite winter bowls and enjoy!
6 thoughts on “Meat Stew”
I made this for dinner last night and it was loved by all! Even the 6 yo that HATES rice ate his stew right up! Thank you!!
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You’re welcome! I’m so glad everyone liked it and that even picky eaters will eat it!
So I’m up at 2 AM, trying to solve the issue of cooking once I move in with my fiancee… seems like that’s a real theme here!! This blog is an EXCELLENT idea and I’m so glad I found it. Thank you!!
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I definitely started this blog as a way to share my love for cooking and Zelda! I’m so glad you found me!!! I can’t wait to hear if you try anything!
This looks warm and delicious, perfect for next week’s negative-temperature forecast!
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It’s been a long time since we’ve had negative temps here. But it’s really good for chilly nights! And fairly easy, too!
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