I just love one-pot meals. This is a very simple and delicious dish, suitable for beginner cooks. It basically involves throwing everything in a pot and cooking. The combo of carrot, parsley, and onion together with the chicken is what gives it its great taste, and you really don’t need any other spices. For other dishes I brown the meat before I cook it, but here, I didn’t feel it was necessary.
Note that I gave quantities as a guideline, but they really aren’t important. Nothing will happen if you add four more chicken pieces or toss another onion or two into the pot. Use a food processor if you have one handy, or cut and grate by hand.
One-Pot Chicken Dinner
3 tbsp. fat – I used beef tallow, but any healthy fat will do.
6 chicken pieces
3 cloves of garlic
5 or more carrots
2/3 cup parsley
Approx. ½ cup chicken broth or water
1 ½ tsp. sea salt (or to taste)
1. Melt fat in a large pot on very low heat.
2. Slice your onions and toss them into the pot.
Cut in half then slice thinly.
3. Add the chicken pieces. Remember to stir as you add ingredients.
4. Add garlic chopped with a garlic press.
5. Peel and grate your carrots, and toss those in too.
6. Coarsely chop flat-leaf parsley and add. No need to be two fastidious about cleaning the leaves off the stems – just remove any meaty stems.
7. If you have homemade broth, add that, and if not just a little water – not soup powder. You don’t want to turn the dish into soup by completely covering the chicken with water, but it should cook in some liquid.
8. Cover the pot and continue cooking on very low heat until the chicken is tender and cooked through (stick a fork in there should be no resistance) – about 75 minutes.
You may want to add a half cup of washed rice to the pot 20 minutes before you finish cooking. Add enough water for the rice to absorb (sorry, you’ll have to eyeball it). Stir. As it continues to cook on low heat, add more water if necessary. By the end, the rice should be soft (but not turned into porridge) and should have absorbed the liquid in the pot.