I obviously need to adjust how much lemon I'm using - 2 is too much (and I forget to add the zest). I made this in a dutch oven, instead of the slow cooker, which definitely reduced the effort to prepare this dish and decreased the time enough for a weeknight.
Rich Chicken Stew
A blanquette is a classic French stew of veal, chicken or lamb with mushrooms in a velvety sauce. This concept has been adapted to the slow cooker to make a lightened-up version using chicken thighs. Just a little whipping cream (which is less inclined to break down than lighter creams and gives more density to the sauce) adds richness. This is delightful over egg noodles.
24 Reviews for Rich Chicken Stew
OK recipe - it was bland and it was a little time consuming but overall my husband and I liked it. Don't think I'd make it again though.
I followed the browning steps involving the mushrooms and shallots (although I used onions, not shallots.) I used bone-in breasts, and I threw about 4 pounds into my crock pot (because I had to cook the chicken breasts or end up having them spoil shortly). I also added some cut-up small red potatoes. I used only 2 cups of chicken broth (regular, not low sodium). After cooking the concoction for the entire day in my crock pot on "Auto-shift" (high for 2 hours, then an automatic shift to low), the yield was deliciously tender and flavorful chicken breasts but a very bland broth with carrots, potatoes and mushrooms. I shredded the chicken from 3 of the 6 breasts (and saved the other 3 for other recipes). I thickened the broth as directed, too, with the corn starch. Even with liberal use of pepper and some salt, the stew was bland -- and I did use the lemon slices and juice (but not the zest). I had to add additional dry poultry seasonings -- thyme, sage and poultry blend -- and even a little Mrs. Dash's Grilling Blend for chicken. With the additional seasoning, the stew was OK but certainly not worth the effort, unless your goal is succulent chicken meat. Served it over noodles. We'll eat it up, but I'm going to continue to search for a better chicken stew recipe than this.
This was delicious! I'm not sure who would think this was bland, unless you skipped the first few steps and just threw it all in a crock pot. The cooking of the mushrooms and shallots gives you the fond you need to make it tasty and should not be skipped.
I did the crock-pot method and did find the whole process a little time consuming, but worth it in the end. I also did not add the lemons or the zest, but did add the lemon juice in the final steps. This would be great over a biscuit as well! I will definitely make this again.
This recipe is a great crowd pleaser. Even my picky husband liked it. However, I'd say skip the lemon juice at the end....it's totall unnecessary and adds a little too much tang. Will make again for sure.