Friday, February 21, 2014

Lemon Chicken Stew

I'm happy to be able to share this Lemon Chicken Stew with you today.  It almost didn't happen - I was just starting to write this when the electricity went out around 10 tonight.  We are in the midst of a bad winter storm - heavy wet snow and the winds are picking up.  Luckily it wasn't out for long!  Or maybe I shouldn't wait until last minute to do things :)

Lemon Chicken Stew | Cooking on the Front Burner

But let's not talk about the weather - it is what it is and I'm just glad we booked a trip to FL soon to visit family!  We can talk about how this stew would be perfect not just for us cold midwest folks but for any type of weather.  It's chocked full of veggies, boneless chicken thighs and orzo pasta.  And you can have this on your table in about 40 minutes.

Lemon Chicken Stew

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Adapted from:  Foodie Crush
Serves 6-8
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 16 ounces boneless chicken thighs cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  1. In a dutch oven heat 2 T oil over medium high heat.
  2. Combine the flour, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper then drop in the chicken pieces and coat. Place chicken in a mesh strainer and shake off the excess
  3. Place about half of the chicken in hot pot and cook for about 2 minutes on each side then remove; add 2 T oil and repeat with remaining chicken
  4. Add the last tablespoon of oil to pot and saute carrots, celery and onion for 4 minutes then add leeks and garlic for another 2 minutes
  5. Add broth and water cover and simmer for 20 minutes
  6. Add chicken and orzo and cook an additional 10 minutes
  7. Add the lemon juice in last and adjust seasonings as desired
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And of course for me it doesn't hurt that this recipe has lemons.  While the DIY Guy is not a huge fan of lemons, he really liked this stew.  Probably because it had one of his favs, dark chicken meat, so this was a win-win for us both!

Lemon Chicken Stew | Cooking on the Front Burner #lemonstew #chickenstew

Ok, I should finish this now just in case our electricity goes out again!  I wasn't too prepared - but at least my cell phone provided some light!!


  1. So glad to hear your electricity came back :) This looks delicious Deb! I love the sound of this chicken lemon stew - such a warm and comforting meal that's perfect for the chilly stormy weather. Love the orzo pasta in here too - pinning :)

  2. Wow, this sounds good and Welcome to SRS Group B. Look forward to cooking with you.

  3. This looks really good for a rainy day! I love lemon pepper chicken so I am wondering if it will taste similar? I am going to give it a try soon!

  4. This sounds really delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  5. Ah man you got hammered huh? We didn't get it o bad this time! This looks amazing to warm up to during a winter storm!

  6. This stew is what I need for this cold days in Germany!

  7. I love how you put lemon in these... so refreshing! I just simply can't wait for summer! This soup is absolutely gorgeous!

  8. Deb, this is reminiscent of my favorite Greek soup, and it looks and sounds delicious! I need a big bowl of this today. :) Pinning!

  9. Hi, Deb! I am Michaela from An Affair from the Heart. I am new to SRC and wanted to come over and say hello! :) You have a gorgeous page!

  10. Love this, Deb! Loving the lemon in this soup... which happens to be my boys' fave soup!

  11. I love stew in the fall and winter! Your stew look so yummy!

  12. "While the DIY Guy is not a huge fan of lemons"

    Wait...what?!? Hahaha. Between you and I, we could probably bury him beneath a pile of lemons! You can give me his share of dishes like this any day.

  13. Love the idea of stew with lemon, something I would have never thought to try... yum!

  14. Deb I love this recipe! Lemon and chicken go together so well! This looks fresh and comforting all at the same time!

  15. The lemon looks mouth watering in the soup. I will have to try ;)

  16. This winter has been just crazy! I love the lemon in this stew and it sounds like the perfect meal for this cold and nasty weather!

  17. I love lemon in dishes in the winter. This a great way to brighten chicken soup. So glad you brought this to foodie friday.

  18. Deb this looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this at our Best Of The Weekend party1 I've pinned it to our party board and will be pinning again this week! Have a great week! xo

  19. This looks so delicious Deb! I don't think I've ever had a lemon soup. Sounds refreshing and the perfect transition to spring.
    I hope you're warming up a bit over there. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  20. Sounds delicious. Perfect for a cold day!

  21. how do you regulate the temp. for the dutch oven.

  22. Great idea! I love the flavors of this soup!!!


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