Chicken Stew Question
How would you thicken this stew recipe? I am afraid to make it too "floury".
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups cubed, cooked boneless chicken breast meat
1 cup chopped celery
2 cups whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid
2 cups sliced carrots
5 cups chicken broth
1 cup sweet corn
1 cup peas
1 cup sliced zucchini
re: C. Hamster
2:1 solids to broth ratio, even allowing for liquid fro the vegetables, is much more stew than soup in my book. randyjl, if you thicken it with a flour-and-butter roux it won't be floury. You could also do beurre manie, just rubbing flour into butter and stirring lumps of that into the stew. If you cook it for a bit after it's thickened there'll be no raw-flour taste, especially if you use perhaps 1 Tbs for each two cups of liquid total, or even less. You just want a light thickening, I assume, a good bit less than gravy. Cornstarch and potato starch are easier, especially potato, but you have to take care it doesn't turn gloppy, like those awful canned soups.
I don't think a flour/butter roux would necessarily make it "floury." You don't need much flour — perhaps a tablespoon or less. Cook the flour in the butter, then add liquid from the stew to the roux, not the other way around. This allows you to check the consistency before adding it back to the stew.
Aside from the flour/roux option, add potato - it will help "suck up" the excess liquid. Either that, or significanty reduce the broth
I'd make a roux as Will suggests.
Roux is a very powerful thickener, and difficult to guage the first few times around.
I'd melt maybe 1/2 stick butter (margerine will work too) and whisk in as much flour as you can, bit by bit.
Once the roux is made, set to the side. I like to ladle a few cups of liquid from the stew (or soup or whatever) into a new pot, bring it to a simmer, whisk in a tablespoon of the roux at a time until quite thick. Stir this mix back into your simmering stew.
If not thick enough, repeat until you get the consistency you're looking for.
The roux should do it, but if you want additional ways, stir in a slurry of corn starch and water (add water to corn start, stir it to a pretty thick consistency, and stir it into the broth). Or, stir in some Arrowroot.