Chicken Stew


4-pound stewing chicken, cut into pieces
2 onions, peeled and sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 bay leaf
6 peppercorns
Cold water
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 cups fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
Salt and pepper to taste


Combine chicken, onions, celery, bay leaf, and peppercorns in Dutch oven. Add cold water to cover Simmer, covered, 2 hours. Remove chicken and cool. Pull meat from bones and chop. Discard skin and bones. Cool broth, chill, and skim. Return to Dutch oven with chopped chicken. Heat to simmer. Melt butter in small skillet, add flour, and stir to form smooth paste. Slowly add to pot and stir until well blended. Add potatoes, carrots, and beans. Simmer, partially covered, 15 minutes or until vegetables arc tender. Season with salt and pepper.


Serves 6


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How MUCH cold water ? ?

How MUCH cold water ? ?