My “Chicken Stewed with Bacon” Recipe


Chicken stewed with Bacon is a soul satisfying dish

What you’ll need

200g Smoked Bacon, chopped into 1” pieces

250g Chicken, cubed

3 Potatoes, medium sized, quartered

3 Onions, medium sized, quartered

Garlic, 12 pods, crushed then roughly chopped

2 Carrots, cut into 2” pieces

Green Beans [also called ‘French’ or ‘Runner’ beans], a handful, chopped into 2” pieces

Star Anise, 2 pieces

Cinnamon, 1 stick, crudely broken

Peppercorns, a handful, whole

Ginger, a 1” piece, finely chopped

Kadipatta [Curry] Leaves, a handful

Worcestershire Sauce, 1 tablespoon

Water, 2 or 3 cups as required

Flour, 1 tablespoon, for thickening if required

What you’ve got to do

Put the chopped bacon into a heated pot and cook in it’s own fat. When done, skim excess fat and then toss in the garlic and fry until it releases its flavour. Add the cubes of chicken and fry until lightly browned. Add the star anise, peppercorns, cinnamon, ginger and kadipatta leaves and fry for a few minutes. Add the potatoes, onions, carrots and green beans and sauté for a few minutes. Add the water and once it comes to a boil, turn gas down and simmer for 10 minutes. If you want to thicken the stew, add the flour mixed with a bit of water. Bring to the boil and switch off gas.

Eat with crusty bread or boiled rice.

About Sanjiv Khamgaonkar’s recipes – I am an instinctive cook and I don’t follow any recipes or use guidelines. The dishes that feature here have been put together depending on what is available in the kitchen larder, and my mood for effort at that time. And I believe it’s a good thing to be “under the influence of ” …  anything that tickles your fancy, before starting the cooking. It gives you that extra creative edge to try something different. And when things go wrong, you can always blame it on the fact that you were under the influence of !
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