Chicken Zucchini Stew on Rice

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 8, 2010

Tonight’s dinner is straight out of the freezer!

From the freezer: 2 cups of shredded chicken, 1 container of chopped up summer veggies, about 2 cups of homemade chicken stock, blanched broccoli

Toss into pot. Stir occasionally. Eat!

Ingredients
2 tsp olive oil ($.06)
1 large zucchini, chopped ($1)
1 yellow zucchini, chopped ($1)
1 yellow summer squash, chopped ($1)
1 large green onion, chopped ($1)
1 celery stalk, chopped ($.10)
1 carrot, peeled and chopped ($.10)
About 2 cups of homemade chicken stock (free)
2 cups cooked and shredded chicken ($1.50)
2 tsp garlic powder ($.10)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup white rice ($.20) I would have preferred this with brown rice, but didn’t have time to wait 30 more minutes for it to cook!
2 broccoli heads ($.50) Bought when on sale for $1/4…blanched and froze!

Directions
1. To a large saucepan, add olive oil. Toss in the partially thawed chopped veggies. (Or fresh if you’re using fresh!) Saute for 6-7 minutes, or until are completely thawed.

Add the chicken stock plus 1-2 cups of water. (Add enough water to cover all the veggies. It’s difficult to quantify the liquids in this recipe because the frozen veggies added quite a bit of liquid to the pot.) Add the shredded chicken. Cook for 20-30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (I let mine cook down so it was pretty “thick” and more stew-like than soup-like.)

2. In a smaller saucepan, add 2 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add rice, return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Fluff rice with fork before serving.
3. Steam the blanched broccoli for 4-5 minutes in stovetop steamer, or in a microwavable bowl covered with plastic wrap.
4. Serve Chicken Zucchini Stew over Rice with a side of Broccoli.

Cost $6.56 OOPS!

This dinner was a *smidge* over…but there were A.L.O.T. of leftovers…and it was LOVELY to have summer veggies in the DEAD of winter!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Kara January 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Erin,

It’s so nice to see that you go over the $5.00 cost sometimes! Just this week as I was calculating the cost of my meal in my head I wondered if you ever went over. Also, your food pictures are looking SO good! I can really tell you are putting all your photography tricks you’ve learned to good use! Great looking soup/stew, however, I would be THE ONLY one in my house to touch this, so I probably won’t make it! I got your cookbook in the mail yesterday from ordering it and love it!!!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm

@Kara,

Thanks Kara! My challenge is to be under $5 all the time, but if I bust over here and there, that’s OK too! You could half the stew, make it for yourself and eat it for lunches!

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Wendy V January 8, 2010 at 10:05 pm

This sounds great, but I’m tempted to thicken it with cornstarch and eat it over rice noodles, but regardless of how it’s done, it’s definitely something I’m going to try!

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Heather Grimes January 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm

This sounds and looks amazing! I like Wendy V’s comment for thickening it up and serving over rice noodles. Thanks for posting and I can’t wait to try it.

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Amanda January 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm

This looks like a delicious meal and a recipe I think I would like to try out. Thanks!

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Laura January 10, 2010 at 12:47 am

You could cut the cost a little by not serving a veg on the side, since there is already so many veggies in the stew. $6.56 for dinner is still a pretty good deal though :)

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Shannon January 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm

When I tried to freeze squash it come out of the freezer looking terrible. I went ahead and cooked it and it was terrible. Tough and did not taste good. Did I do something wrong? Is there a trick to freezing squash that I don’t know?

Anywho, this recipe looks delish and I think I could pass it off as a stir fry type dish. Next time squash is on sale I will make this.

Thanks
Shannon

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm

@Shannon,

Did you dice it up before you froze it?!?

Many veggies don’t thaw well…they thaw “soft”, sometimes “mushy.”

When I added the diced squash to the pot to cook it was partially thawed. I froze it in a large container with other veggies, partially thawed it and then tossed them in the pot to cook. They turned out well this way!

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Shannon January 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

@Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom,
I sliced it and froze it in freezer bags. That is all I did – didn’t blanch or anything. It was yellow squash and zucchini. Maybe I kept it in the freezer too long. What is the freezer life?

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 14, 2010 at 5:56 pm

@Shannon,

Freezer life around 6 months…I would try dicing it next time, maybe?

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