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May 3, 2009 12:35 AM

How can I salvage bland chicken stew?


I made this last night in the slow cooker- and it came out pretty bland- edible, but very "eh." Now I have a ton left over and I'd hate to see it go to waste. Does anybody have any ideas of how to use the leftovers to make it more interesting? I was thinking making some interesting sauce or somehow turning it into a pot pie or casserole- all suggestions and tips are welcome!

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  1. What about thickening it for pot pie filling adding some fresh herbs, (sage, rosemary, thyme) and putting it in a casserole dish and covering it with puff pastry?

    1. You could keep it as a chicken stew but add a stock cube to boost the flavor.

      1. Combining the ideas already suggested, I'd add a boullion cube, thyme, sherry and cream. Simmer gently and drop in some dumplings.

        Baking Powder Dumplings:
        2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
        1 tablespoon baking powder
        3/4 teaspoon table salt
        1/4 cup minced fresh parsley leaves, chives(or scallion greens), dill, or tarragon (optional)
        3 tablespoons unsalted butter
        1 cup milk

        You can drop the dumplings in by spoonfuls, or I prefer to pat it out and cut into strips. Lay out the dumplings on top of the simmering stew and cover. Depending on the size of the dumplings they'll take 10-15 minutes to cook through.

        1. Add S&B Golden Curry Sauce Mix or Vermont Curry Sauce Mix to it. This is a Japanese curry with mild, medium and hot...Serve it over rice with a fried egg....

          1. Couldn't access the page, so I'm not sure what you've got.
            Here's what I would do...
            Add some canned tomatoes (whole - then crush them, or crushed tomatoes).
            Half a bottle of red wine (or if you really have a lot - a whole bottle). Cook it down to 1/4 of what was started.
            And some fennel seed.
            Maybe a little rosemary, but the fennel should be the leading spice.
            Should be delicious. This is a good italian recipe for braised rabbit, but since rabbit taste a lot of like chicken - it's a perfect substitute. And let's face it, not every eat rabbit.