One Pot Chicken Dinner and Gravy
We’re Getting Chickens!
When Kevin & I moved in to our current house, the owner really had no interest in renting out the property. You may know from previous posts, our home is smack dab in the middle of 130 acres of blueberries; this was the owners only real focus, and collecting rent on the house was a non-issue (must be nice;)).
So the grass in the 2 acres surrounding the house was about – oohhhh – 6 feet high lol. It had become overrun with mice and frogs and was in a state of semi-disrepair (if you’ve seen the pictures of our pool full of frogs, you’ll have a good idea of how the house looked when we got there).
He had planned on bulldozing it until we came along.
The previous tenants had dogs, and often left them alone for weeks at a time. Sadly, the outcome of this was for the property manager to find one of the dogs starved to death in the house, and the other dog was in very bad shape. (You’ll be glad to know the manager kept the surviving dog, and it is now in great health.)
Understandably, the owner decided then and there to never allow pets again.
Kevin and I are not afraid of some hard work. We spent a good amount of time and energy cleaning everything, putting in vegetable and flower gardens, and making the house beautiful again.
In our previous home, we’d kept chickens for years, and we had intentions of raising them again in the future.
We both miss not only the farm fresh eggs (which will turn you off store bought eggs forever), but the hilarious personalities that you meet when you keep hens.
They make such amusing pets – which is why I am happy to say we will be raising them again, most likely beginning next spring!:)
The owner does not want us leaving, and we told him we need chickens. LOL.
For the longest time in the beginning, we had only one chicken.
This chicken grew up a bit quirky being an only chicken and she thought I was the best thing on the planet (other than bugs!). She came when called by her oh-so-original name, “Chicken”, and she would follow me around like a well trained dog. She wouldn’t let me out of her sight, and would even perch on my arm. Coolest chicken ever.:)
We got her a few friends before winter set in, and Chicken ran the roost.
For those of you who know your chickens, we had Rhode Island Reds, as well as an Americauna/Mohawk mix with blue/black feathers who laid the prettiest blue eggs.
I come from a long line of farmers and off grid types, but I’ll let you in on something. Chicken was not just an egg layer, she was my pet. I never would let Kevin butcher her, she lived to a ripe old age.;)
However, I was not so attached that I couldn’t continue cooking her nameless distant cousins….
This recipe is based on my earlier post Roasted Whole Chicken. I love the lemon and garlic flavor with chicken, and I also love one pot no-fuss dinners!
I used the same recipe, but I chopped up 2 large russet potatoes as well. I also added extra spices (based on what was in the cupboard!) and more soy sauce and water. I sprinkled 3 handfuls of flour over the top, and mixed it all up.
Remember, the more you add to the pot, the longer it will take to cook thoroughly.
This time, I wanted everything – and I mean everything – in one pot, right down to the gravy. A few of you mentioned you’d never made gravy before…THIS is about the simplest method ever. After all the food, flavorings, and water are in the pot just throw a couple handfuls of flour into the mix. Add chicken and cook. Easy-peasy and delicious!
I can hardly wait to raise chickens again! Do you keep chickens?