Chicken Stew a la Bouillabaisse

Total Time:
2 hr 15 min
Prep:
45 min
Cook:
1 hr 30 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) plum tomatoes, chopped, juices reserved
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 peeled whole garlic cloves
  • Bouquet garni including: 1 teaspoon dried thyme; 1/2 teaspoon dried fennel seeds; 1/4-inch strip of fresh orange peel, 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads dissolved in a bit of water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 medium boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 8 chicken thighs, skin removed, fat and bones removed cut into 3/4 inch dice
Directions
  • Heat the olive oil in a large casserole. Saute the onions in the olive oil for about 5 minutes or until softened. Add tomatoes, broth, wine, garlic, bouquet garni and saffron. Bring to a simmer. Add potatoes, carrots and chicken, season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring the soup back to a simmer, cover the pan and simmer gently just until the chicken and vegetables are cooked through, about 45 minutes.

  • While this is cooking through, make the rouille which accompanies it.

  • Note that potatoes freeze badly. If you are making this in a double batch in advance and want to freeze it, make it without the potatoes and simmer broth for 40 minutes only or until carrots are tender and chicken is done. If you are serving half the recipe that night, cook some potatoes separately and add them to the soup later. Freeze leftovers and on day of reheating it, cook potatoes separately and add to a broth after it is reheated.


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