Stew Chicken Mama’s way

Last week I had a serious craving for my mama’s stew chicken. Growing up she made the best chicken and I would do the happy dance every time she cooked it. Whether she baked it, stewed it or fried it, she new how to make it pop.
I went to the supermarket and scored big on some half chicken pieces. I took them home and decided to make mama’s chicken.

I used my mama’s Creole Spice mix to marinade my chicken and sauteed them in some oil and tomato paste. I then added some chicken broth and let them stew till nice and tender. While they stewed, the whole house smelled delish and reminded me of those good old days back at mama Lucie’s house. That little lady knew how to cook a meal. My mama taught me that good meat starts with the spices and marinades and boy was she ever right. Homemade marinades add an extra level of flavor to meats. I know it is common to hear TV chefs say that salt and pepper will do, but I beg to differ. Marinades and spices matter! 

Here is my beautiful mama with my daddy. I miss being at home sometimes.

When the chicken was done, it was a total success. It tasted just like my mama’s chicken…she would be so proud. Maybe one day I’ll make her a batch.

4 – 5 Half Chicken Pieces
Tomato Paste
Olive Oil
1 cup of sliced onions
1 cup of sliced bell peppers
1 cup of chopped shallots
2 cups of Chicken Broth
1 cup of Water
1/2 cup of chopped parsley
Creole Spice Mix {check back on my blog}
1 tablespoon of Smoked Paprika
Marinade chicken in my Creole Spice Mix {see my blog}, 1 tablespoon of spicy mustard, 1 tablespoon of ketchup and 1 tablespoon of Smoked Paprika. Let marinade for 15 – 30 minutes.
In a pot add 3 tablespoons of Olive oil and 2 tablespoons of Tomato Paste. Add marinaded chicken and saute for 10 – 15 minutes.
Add Chicken Broth, 1 cup of water,1 cup of onions, 1 cup of bell peppers, 1 cup of shallots and 1/2 cup of parsley, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Lower heat and let chicken simmer for 35 minutes. Chicken should now be nice and tender.
Remove from heat and serve!

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