I could have sworn this recipe was in this book I have from back when I worked at a bookstore. They put out all these cookbooks that don’t have authors and seem not to really exist. I picked up one called “One-Pot” shortly before I left that job, and I could have sworn that’s where this recipe comes from. But upon searching through it, there’s nothing that might be this. Oh well. Mystery recipe.
Also, I’ve never confited anything before, at least not on purpose, but if you use chicken thighs and they render a lot of fat? I mean not all chicken thighs do, but if? When you put the leftovers into the fridge, you’ll discover the next day that you have inadvertently created chicken hotpot confit. And then you can prance around like a fancy person instead of being grossed out that there’s a layer of chicken fat over the top of everything.
1/2 tbsp olive oil
4 chicken thighs if they’re small, fewer if they’re huge like ours were
1 red onion, sliced thickly
2 1/2 carrots, roughly chopped (eat the other half of the carrot, obviously)
1 1/2 ribs celery, roughly chopped (ditto)
1/2 a small can of chopped tomatoes (ok, I know, but you can totally find a use for some chopped tomatoes! I used it to make just enough salsa for a couple of burritos)
2 cups chicken stock
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper
Heat the oil in your soup pot.
Add the chicken and brown it on both sides – don’t worry about cooking it all the way through yet, you’ve got time for that later.
Remove from the pot and set aside for a minute.
Put the red onions in the pot and saute until softened.
Throw in the carrots and celery and saute for another 3 – 4 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, stock, mustard, and oregano and give it all a good stir.
Put the chicken back in.
Add salt and pepper – I would say to taste, but don’t taste this broth, it’s got chicken that’s still raw in the middle sitting in it! Foodsafe!
Bring to a boil.
Turn down to a simmer.
Continue simmering, covered, for 45 – 55 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Then take a really terrible picture of it!