Friday, March 11, 2011

friday senses

Chicken and Bulgur Stew

Bulgur wheat makes chicken soup a bit more hearty....this soup is thick and lemony and a favorite comfort food of ours. Bulgur can be found in the bulk section of health food stores.

1 small onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 medium carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, diced
10 cups chicken stock*
juice of two small lemons
2 chicken breast**
1 cup bulgur wheat (use less if you want it to be more "soupy" rather than thick and stew-like)
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
s&p to taste
chopped parsley to top it off

Saute onion, carrots, and celery in a large pot with a bit of olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook a few minutes more. Add remaining ingredients, and bring soup to a low boil, and then reduce heat and let simmer for a few hours. 

*My chicken stock was homemade, and was already very well seasoned with herbs and spices. If you're using canned stock, you may have to add a bit more of your favorite dried herbs.
**If you want a quick soup, add cooked chicken to your soup, and simmer for 30 minutes or so to let the flavors combine.

Top with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

look at those adorable hands.
chicken and bulgur stew

Laughing at: Arrested Development. Watching the three seasons over and over and over never gets old.
Seeing: green grass!!! It's poking up everywhere.
Hearing: Ingrid is singing me lullabies right now. The kids' favorite song this week is 1983 (hey, that's when I was born, and I'm sure that's how my parents dressed.)
Smelling: a breeze. we opened up the windows yesterday.
Tasting: Robby brought me home more Ruby Snap cookies....I cannot get enough.
Feeling: Sweat drip down my forehead, and rolling off the tip of my nose as I worked off every last bite of Tartine this week. It felt awesome.
Reading: Just about done with Catching Fire. Moving on to Mockingjay over the weekend.
Wishing: The littles will sleep in this weekend......fingers crossed.
Loving:  A trip to the zoo on a warm spring day. 
Craving: Watermelon. The kind with seeds. So we can spit them in the summer grass.
Anticipating: We had a 60° day yesterday....looking forward to more! The girl asked when we can run through the sprinklers.

feel free to play along in the comments!

Happy Weekend!


summer said...

watching the 3 seasons of AD is a regular occurrence at our house, too! it's amazing how you wait a few months and all the old jokes are funny again.

the soup looks so yummy! (adorable hands help, too) i thought of you this week when i tried a new one.. it had chicken, great northern beans, and green chilies. might be my new fave. thanks for inspiring me to love soup, sheena!

Anna said...

This soup looks delicious, nutritious and hearty! I will be making up a batch this week. Thanks for the recipe!
And yes, Arrested Development... sooo funny.

jenniferhoiyin said...

isn't it amazing how entertaining those few episodes are? I ran 5 miles today, it felt awesome. :)

kylie said...

question - what can i use to substitute bulgur? i don't have bulgur, and i don't even know what it is haha

kylie said...

question - what can i use to substitute bulgur? i don't have bulgur, and i don't even know what it is but i wanna make it this week! :)

sheena said...

Kylie bulgur is a grain and it's so good!! But you could easily substitute brown rice or wild rice in this.

Anonymous said...

I tried this tonight and it was delicious!

Unknown said...

What's the purpose of the lemon juice? I used the juice of 1 medium lemon and I didn't care for the "tanginess". Also, maybe homemade chicken stock would be better but I had to add a LOT of spices to give this taste using store-bought stock. I might try to make it again without the lemon and using homemade chicken stock.