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Creamy Chicken Stew


CREAMY CHICKEN STEW
Panera Bread Recipe

Serves 6

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
2 large ribs celery, chopped
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup half and half
1/3 cup fresh or frozen peas
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Warm the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes. Add the broth, chicken, and potatoes; cover; and bring to a gentle simmer over high heat. Uncover, reduce the heat to low, and poach at a bare simmer until the chicken is no longer pink in the center (160 degree internal temperature), about 15 minutes. Remove the chicken to a cutting board to cool.

Meanwhile, in a small heatproof bowl, use a fork to stir together the butter and flour into a smooth paste. Gradually stir the paste, a few bits at a time, into the stew and simmer over low heat until the stew thickens, 3 to 4 minutes.

In the same bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and half and half. Whisk 1/4 cup of the hot stew into the eggs; then whisk the egg mixture back into the stew. Cook over low heat for 1 minute. Cut the chicken into bite size cubes and stir them into the stew along with the peas, salt, and pepper. Heat through; serve.

Tip: For more flavor, stir in 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme along with the broth. You can also add a tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley just before serving. The stew can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and refrigerated in an airtight container. Reheat it in the microwave or a saucepan just before serving.

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