Thursday, 7 April 2011

Chicken & Spring Vegetable Stew

It was Hubby with low tolerance levels birthday on Tuesday.  I asked him what special dish he wanted me to cook for the big day - as usual the answer was lasagne, which I duely made.  The following day I said he could request another dish, he said "the chicken one with beans and a creamy sauce".  Well I went to bed that night racking my brains over what the heck that dish was, I certainly did not remember it, it was not one I had blogged before (my aid memoir).  During the night my brain worked it's little socks off and came up with the answer.  A dish I had probably not cooked in two years, but it had been a favourite, I hunted out the cook book, Good Food 101 One-Pot Dishes  and opened it to the following page:

Chicken and Spring Vegetable Stew
Serves 2

2 Chicken breasts, skin on - I had Corn Fed FR ones
1 tbsp olive oil
200g new potatoes, sliced
500ml chicken stock
200g mixed spring veg.  I chose brocoli, courgette, popped podded peas and broad beans, I also increased the quantity because they are super delish.
2 tbsp creme fraiche
handful of rough chopped fresh tarragon or 1/2 tsp dried.

Fry the chicken in the oil in a wide pan for 5 mins each side.  Add in the potatoes and coat in the oil.  Pour over the stock, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove the lid and turn the heat up, boil the stock down until it just coats the bottom of the pan.  Toss in the veg, cover and cook for about three mins.
Stir in the creme fraiche tarragon and season.

Very simple, very tasty and jam packed full of delicious green spring veg.  Yummy, just how I remember it from two years ago, it was a favourite then and will be again now we have remembered and blogged it.  Praise be for hubby's brain/stomache or it may have been forgotten forever!

Hubby and his birthday lasagne!