- I make a lot of stew.
- It is very, very hard to take a good picture of stew.
- I am terrible at remembering to hold back ingredients or undercook dishes in order to make a better photograph.
- Garnish? What garnish?
I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they get ultra-tender and fall apart with long, slow cooking. The base of the stew is extremely simple: onions, garlic, lemon, a few herbs. I add some olives and a squeeze of honey. And this time I also put in dried figs, since I'm still working my way through the 16-pound bags of figs graciously given to me by the California Fig Advisory Board. The figs work perfectly with the Mediterranean flavors in this recipe; if you like a little sweet in your savory, do add the figs.
I served this lemon chicken with potato latkes for our Hanukkah dinner. I got up early, got the stew into the slow cooker, and left it to cook all day on low while I was at work. When I got home I discovered that someone had turned off the slow cooker. Uh-oh. Fortunately, two hours on the stovetop in a cast iron pot did the trick. It's always good to have a backup plan.
Chicken stew with lemon, olives and figs
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 large onions, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 10-12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- zest and juice of 4 medium lemons
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 branches each fresh thyme and rosemary
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 2/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives
- 1/2 cup dried figs, chopped (optional)
Cook about two hours, or until the chicken is tender and falling apart, and the rest of the stew is soft and bubbling gently. Serve over rice. The lemon chicken stew will be even better on the second day, as most stews are.
Slow cooker method: Put all ingredients in the slow cooker in this order: onions, garlic, herbs, chicken, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, olives, figs, salt and pepper. Cook on low 8-10 hours.