Chicken and Fennel Stew

Chicken and Fennel Stew

Old Man Winter sure is not letting up! We woke up to a wintry morning after having the loveliest, bright, sunshine filled weekend. Thank God, Ro-Taro drove home on Saturday and not today. This is a late snow storm and hopefully, the last of the season. The snow is still falling and 5 more inches is expected tonight. It will make for a very difficult commute to work and school on Tuesday morning. Perhaps, it will be a snow day and everyone can stay home. That would be really nice, wouldn’t it?

Since the weather is still cold out there, stews are still very much an “in” thing at our house. Come to think of it, stews are always welcomed at our house. They are so comforting and go really well with rice. I like to add lots of vegetables to the stew so that it becomes a complete one-pot meal perfect for week nights.

Chicken and Fennel Stew

Not all stews need to be cooked for hours, especially if boneless and skinless chicken is used. This is a relatively quick one that works well with the carrots and fennel. Both the vegetables are tender but not falling apart. The fennel lends a delicious sweetness and aroma to the stew.

Chicken and Fennel Stew
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 20 oz (560g) bonesless, skinless, chicken thighs, cut into two each
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 fennel, sliced
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  1. Lightly sprinkle salt and pepper over chicken.
  2. In a large heavy pot, heat vegetable oil. Add chicken and allow them to brown. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add garlic, carrots, fennel, and dried thyme to the pot. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Pour in ¾ cup (180ml) water. When it comes to boil, return the chicken pieces to the pot. Add salt to taste.
  5. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and allow stew to simmer for 15 minutes.

This quick and comforting Chicken and Fennel Stew is wonderful served with rice. I have cooked it several times and it is fast becoming a favorite at our house.

Chicken and Fennel Stew

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎

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  1. says

    We were just up north and lake superior is frozen! And people are posting about spring…. anyway fennel and chicken might give me the strength to push on!

    • Biren says

      Nice place to visit. Not surprising that the Lake Superior is still frozen. It will take a while for that huge lake to thaw. March is always tough as we are all quite tired of winter by now. Hopefully the stew helps. :)

    • Biren says

      It is not difficult to fall in love with fennel. That was what happened to me a few years back. :) Do give this a try. I think you will like it.

  2. Dongxing says

    Cooked this dish about 10 days ago and it was absolutely delicious. Fennel was on sale at the market and I bought 2 bulbs without any idea or inspiration on what to do with them. The stew was delicious and easy to make. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe, Biren.

    • Biren says

      You are most welcomed, DongXing! I am happy to hear that you found a recipe for those fennels and that you enjoyed the dish. :)

  3. Pamela says

    I have all the ingredients on hand and will make this on Saturday. Will also make biscuits to go along with it. Thanks Biren.

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