These days, my biggest challenges are battling the heat and making meals that are healthy!
So why am I calling this Lazy Chicken Stew? Well, the other day it was really hot and I didn’t want to cook. So I picked up a whole cooked chicken from a local grocery store. Normally, the white meat gets eaten really quickly but the struggle is to find something to do with the dark meat. With this stew, I was able to use up all of the extra chicken (so there was no waste!) and produce a hearty and healthy meal that has amazing flavour and still has a reasonable amount of calories!
Lazy Chicken Stew
1 tbsp margarine or butter (I used margarine)
1 medium white onion, sliced
1 tsp. minced garlic
4 stalks celery, rough chopped
1/2 lb. baby carrots, rough chopped
4-5 cups water
6 ounces chicken (dark and light meat)
6 tbsp Bisto Chicken Gravy Granules*
1 cup frozen peas 140 (155)
1/2 yellow zucchini
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
3 tbsp hoisin sauce 150
pepper to taste (you can omit hoisin sauce and add salt to taste as well)
1. In a large pot, melt margarine over medium-high heat and add onions. Turn down heat to medium after a couple of minutes and stir continuously until onions are softened. Add minced garlic, celery and baby carrots and continue to stir.
2. Add 2 cups of water and increase to medium-high until the mixture starts to boil then return to medium heat. Continue stirring.
3. In a kettle, boil 3 cups of water then place water in a large bowl. Add Bisto Gravy and stirring until thoroughly combined (gravy should be very thick – add more Bisto if needed). Add hoisin sauce to gravy and mix.
Remove lid and stir then move pot off element. Return cover and leave for 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Yield: 6-8 servings
Approximate Calories: 200 calories (based on 6 servings)
Suggestions: Serve over a baked potato (it tastes amazingly good!)
*I know some readers have asked me where I find Bisto Gravy Granules. They have a great amount of flavour and only 20 calories per 1/2 tbsp granules! I pick mine up at Zehrs (you can also find them in some British Shops).*