Sunday, September 1, 2013

Chicken, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Green Olives Stew

Bad news!!! When MR wanted to start his car the other day, it wouldn't start! Oh no! He asked me to see it, but there wasn't much to see. There was no contact and no way to tell what the hell was wrong with it. So I did the next best thing - I told Dad. I have to admit that MR and I know nothing about automobiles. Back in the Philippines, we relied every time on the car shop to repair whatever needed to be done. Sadly, we never really needed to know this kind of stuff. So I told Dad that I would call a auto repair guy, but he stopped me before I could even dial a single number. Something about super high rates, probably an empty charged car battery, and contacting my brother-in-law first.

My brother-in-law, TH, is the typical French guy who grew up on a farm and learned to do everything he could on his own. Just recently, he built 3 small houses on his own! So if this guy can build houses and works all year-long on his farm engines, I was 99.99% he could do something for my car. So to make this story short, I invited TH and my sister DO to come over for lunch today and have a peek at the car.

DO and I laughed because it's been 3 times she ate in the house in the few past months and all 3 times I prepared chicken! I swear I did not do this on purpose. Especially today since I only knew that they would come over that same morning.

Originally, I put out a whole chicken to thaw and I wanted to make Poulet Basquaise (click here for the recipe). Unfortunately, DO does not eat bell peppers so bell peppers was out. But since the ingredients were ready, I didn't want it to go to waste and so I went ahead and added fresh mushrooms and green olives in lieu of the bell peppers.

Chicken, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Green Olives Stew

Thaw a whole chicken. Rinse, pat dry, and cut in pieces.
In a deep pan, heat olive oil over medium heat and brown the chicken pieces.
Add 1 sliced onion and 3 diced garlic in the pan and stir.
Add a glass of white wine. When it comes to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer. The wine will deglaze the pan.
Add 500 grams of diced fresh tomatoes.
Season with salt and black pepper.
Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add some sliced fresh mushrooms and a handful of green olives.
Cover and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add a tablespoon of fresh parsley at the last minute.
Season again with salt and black pepper, if desired.
Serve hot and enjoy!


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