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Chicken Stew – A Classic Family Meal

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kitchen counter with foodWe try to eat dinner together as a family almost every night, and I guess this isn’t as common as it was when I was growing up. Just this weekend my 14 year old told me that one of the things that makes our family weird is that we eat dinner together as a family.  (In case you are wondering, according to my daughter there is a long list of things that make us weird “ not having the TV on all the time, playing games together and going camping in a tent also made the list.  I think the homeschooling is so obviously weird she didn’t feel the need to mention it.)

My mother cooked all the time when I was growing up, and when I moved into my first apartment she gave me a recipe book.  This was before she owned a computer, so she had typed them all up on a typewriter, photocopied them for all three of her kids, and put them in a notebook. The notebook fell apart a few years ago, but I still have the recipes. Of all the recipes she gave me this is my favorite, and I make it for my family frequently.

Yield: 6

Chicken Stew

Chicken Stew
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 2 lbs chicken cubes
  • 2 Tablespoon oil
  • 24 small pearl onions
  • 12 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup vermouth


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Brown the chicken in the oil in a skillet. Do it in two batches if necessary, and transfer the chicken to an oven safe casserole.
  2. Saute the onions and mushrooms in the same skillet for a few minutes, then add to the chicken.
  3. Deglaze the skillet with a can of mushroom soup. Pour it over the meat in the casserole and add 1/2 c. of vermouth.
  4. Cover and bake for an hour.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 523Saturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 36345mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 3gSugar: 32gProtein: 27g

Actually I modified the recipe a little bit, since my mom never used mushrooms.  But I love mushrooms so I always use them, much to my the disappointment of my children. My mother always served this over white rice and all you need to add to complete the meal is a salad.  Hopefully someday my kids will appreciate the meals that I make, or at least appreciate the fact that we were weird and ate together as often as possible.

By on April 13th, 2011

3 thoughts on “Chicken Stew – A Classic Family Meal”

  1. That sounds absolutely fantastic, Anne. I could smell the stew cooking as you described the setting. Now I’m hungry, though!

    It’s okay to be a weird family. Those are the best kind.

    Good luck on the contest.

  2. Wow, this sounds so simple yet so wholesome and delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!!!! 😀

    Love it <3


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