But, I had no recipe, so I thought I'd look one up. I'd heard good things about allrecipes.com, so I went there and tried their ingredient search function. I put in "chicken" and "apple" and came up with a whole bunch of recipes. It was a lot of fun to sort through them all.
In the end, what I did was a hybrid of two of the more interesting ones, that had other available ingredients.
I'm not sure what to call it, though. Is it a curry? Is it a casserole? I dunno.
Dutch Oven Chicken and Apple Curry-osity
12" Dutch Oven
Total of about 30 coals, because of the weather. Probably 22-24 in the summer.
- 1 Med onion, chopped or diced
- 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 lbs Chicken breast, cubed
- 1 Med to large apple, thinly sliced
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 Cup Apple Juice Concentrate (or about a half a can)
- 1 Tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 Cup milk
- 1 Cup rice
I started with a little oil on the bottom of the dutch oven, and heated it up over a bunch of coals ("a bunch" is an accurate scientific unit of measurement, larger than "a few" but smaller than "a pile"). I let that heat a bit so I could start sauteeing. And that's what I did next, with the first ingredient set. Actually, I added the chicken in last, after the onions and the garlic had had a chance to cook some.
Once everything was getting nicely browned, I just started adding in all of the other ingredients. Because the chicken broth was put in as a frozen block, I let it melt before I added the rice. The stock, by the way, was homemade from our Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. If you'll let me digress even further, I recently read a great posting by my friend over at Mormon Foodie on making a good stock.
Also, once the main set of ingredients was in the dutch oven, I set an even number of coals top and bottom. It ended up being about a total of 30 coals, 'cause it was seriously cold out. Outdoor cooking in the winter is odd that way, ya know? I just cooked it until it tasted good and the rice was done.
Anyway, my family loved it, and my son had seconds. That's a good confirmation.
Mark has discovered a love of Dutch Oven Cooking. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including MarkHansenMusic.com and his MoBoy blog.
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