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Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Stew (winter soup) Recipe

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This recipe for Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Stew (winter soup), by , is from The Heise Collaboration CookBook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Amy Heise
Added: Sunday, October 26, 2008


2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 lb. skinless, boneless chkn. breast (cut into 1 1/2 in. pieces)
1/2 lb mushrooms (trimmed and thick sliced)
3 med. carrots (peeled and cut 1 in. thick)
2 med. leeks (4 oz. each) -(cut into 3/4 pieces)
1 fennel bulb (1 lb.) -(trimmed and cut thin wedges)
3/4 lb red potatoes (cut into 1 in. pieces)
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup water
1 cup half & half or light cream
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
3/4 tsp. salt

1. In 5 quart Dutch oven (we just used a big pot!), heat 1 tbsp. olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1 tbsp. butter; melt. Add chicken and cook until chicken is golden and just loses its pink color. With slotted spoon transfer the chicken to a medium bowl.

2. Add mushrooms to Dutch oven (or pot!) and cook until golden (do not over brown). Transfer mushrooms to bowl with chicken.

3. Add remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil to oven (or pot) until hot. Add remaining 1 tbsp butter; heat until melted. Add carrots, leeks, fennel, potatoes, bay leaf, and tarragon. Cook vegetables, stirring occasionally, until fennel is translucent and leeks are wilted; aprox. 10-15 minutes.

4. Add wine; cook, stirring 2 minutes. Add chicken broth and water; heat to boiling on high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until vegetable are tender; about 20 minutes.

5. In cup, mix half & half and flour until smooth. Stir half & half mixture into vegetable mixture; heat to boil. Reduce heat to medium for one minute to thicken slightly. Stir in chicken, mushrooms, peas, and salt. Heat through; discard bay leaf.

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Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
8 -10
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
45 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:

- We were unfamiliar with leeks and fennel bulb, and were a bit nervous (but the pic looked so wonderful). We purchased them at our local Giant Eagle (any farmer market place should have them), since they weren't at our ordinary grocer.
We were never so pleased that we decided to cook this soup, it is the most marvelous soup we have ever tasted.
- If you make this, please email me and let me know if you loved it as much as us!

*You can omit the chicken for a vegetarian soup!




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