Friday, January 18, 2013

Recipe: Ann Lowe's Feel-Better Chicken Stew

It's been almost 10 years since B and I got married.  One of my favorite wedding gifts (still) that I received is The Blue Willow Inn Cookbook.  The Blue Willow Inn Restaurant is located in a beautiful antebellum mansion and serves a delicious southern buffet.  If you're ever in Atlanta or near Social Circle, Georgia it is worth the trip to have a meal there!

One of my favorite recipes from the cookbook is this chicken stew.  It is pretty basic but so good!  The book says this about the stew:
When head cook Ann Lowe needs to comfort a dear one, this is what she makes.  It is a soothing soup/stew guaranteed to make anyone feel better, whether their ills are physical, mental, or spiritual. When Billie is feeling down or ill, a call always goes to Ann for chicken stew.

Ann Lowe's Feel-Better Chicken Stew

1 (2.5 to 3.5 pound) chicken
1 quart water
1 quart milk
1 cup butter
2 sleeves saltine crackers
   salt and pepper

Wash the chicken thoroughly.  Add to the water in the stockpot, and cook until tender.  Remove the chicken, reserving the cooking liquid.  Let the liquid cool slightly as you remove the skin and bones from the chicken, and tear the meat into bite-size pieces.  Add the milk to the broth, and bring it to a slow boil, stirring frequently to avoid scorching.  Stir in the butter.  Crush the saltines, and add them to the pot.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  When the liquid thickens, add the chicken meat.  Serve warm.

Makes 8-10 servings

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