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Apple Cider Chicken Stew

Zoup Restaurant Recipe

Serves 8

2 tablespoons cooking oil
4 chicken thighs
4 chicken drumsticks
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup apple cider
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 onion, sliced thin
1 pound parsnips, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Heat the oven to 400 degrees in a large pot or Dutch oven. Heat the oil over moderately high heat. Season the chicken thighs and drumsticks with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and the pepper. Turning the chicken once or twice, cook until browned, about 8 minutes in all. Remove. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pot. 

Reduce the heat to moderate and stir in the flour. Whisk in the cider and chicken broth and bring to a simmer, scraping the bottom of the pot to dislodge any brown bits. Add the onion, parsnips, carrots, thyme and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes. Return the chicken to the pot. Bring the stew back to a simmer, cover and put into the preheated oven until the chicken is done and the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. 

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