Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chicken Fricassi

This is the recipe my good friend Angie shared with me recently. I must say, it is DELICIOUS!!! Here is the recipe as she wrote it (with a couple of notes from me) and pictures I took while making it the other night :)

4 bone-in chicken thighs
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp paprika (or until flour looks pink)
dash white pepper (optional.. i always forget it)
at least 1 tsp salt

Mix up in gallon sized ziplock (or whatever is handy) and shake chicken in it to coat.

1 tbsp light oil
1/2 cup an onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped

(I used my Ninja Master Prep! Though I accidentally pulsed it a little too much and basically pureed my onion and celery x.x)

Heat pan to medium-low heat. Add oil to coat pan.

Add onion and celery and cook until semi-tender. Scoop out and set aside.

Add more oil to recoat pan. Lightly crisp chicken in pan; DO NOT COOK THROUGH.

2 small cans (10 3/4 oz each) cream of chicken soup

In a crockpot, add 1 can cream of chicken soup.

Lay chicken on top.

Lay onions and celery on top of that.

In a bowl or measuring cup, add second can of soup and 1 can's worth of water. Mix up and pour in crockpot to cover everything.
Cook on high for 1 hour.
Reduce to low and cook for 6 hours.
Do not remove lid while cooking.

When time is up, use tong to grab chicken bones. If meat does not fall off the bone, recover and cook on high for 1 more hour.

Stir up contents of crock pot and serve over wide egg noodles (or preferred choice of base, i.e. potatoes, rice, ect.)
Enjoy! =D

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Happy December!

I have to say December is probably my favorite month of the year. I love the excitement that seems to fill the air as soon as it turns December first, and the extra bit of kindness people seem to show this month. I love giving gifts to those I love and seeing the looks on their faces as they open them. I honestly could go without receiving any gifts; seeing others happy is honestly enough for me.
All of my gifts this year are going to be handmade, so I hope that the people I am making them for will be a bit forgiving of how they look! Also I am very excited because my mother actually gave me my gift early--a home canning kit! I can't wait to start using it. Just another way to be frugal!
Today I'm going to attack a little bit of freezer cooking in attempt to keep us from relying on Pizza Hut for days I forget to thaw the chicken or buy an important ingredient in one of our meals (I have a bad habit of being forgetful).
I won't be freezer cooking for the whole month, but I figure this is a good way to start! If you want to join in with Freezer Cooking Daze, head over to Life as a Mom or Money Saving Mom!
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