Cooking a stewing hen shows love and honor for a bird who has given its all during its life as an egg layer. Best cooked low and slow in a crockpot which will result in a fabulous broth and tender meat!
Additional Time For Cooking Chicken and Wild Rice Soup 1 hourhr
Total Time 13 hourshrs5 minutesmins
Course broth, Soup
waterenough to cover the ingredients in the crockpot
1onionpeeled and quartered
1celerycut into a few pieces
1carrotpeeled and chopped into 2" pieces
fewwhole black peppercornsI just sprinkled a few in
For Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
4-6cupsStewing Hen broth
1 carrotpeeled and chopped into bite sized pieces
1celerycut into bite sized pieces
1.5cupsStewing hen meatpicked off the bones
To Cook The Stewing Hen
Add the stewing hen and other ingredients to a crockpot. Cover the ingredients with water.
Set to low heat, cover, and cook for 12 hrs.
Allow to cool a bit, then separate the ingredients from the broth. Skim the fat from the top of the broth if you like.
Pick the meat from the bones of the stewing hen.
To Make Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Add the stewing hen broth and wild rice to a large saucepan and bring to the boil.
Lower to a simmer, and cook until the wild rice is tender, around 45-50 minutes.
Add the cut up carrots and celery for the last 10 minutes of the time your rice is cooking. Cook the vegetables until softened.
Add the stewing hen meat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Everything presented here can be followed directly or used as guidelines. Feel free to mix things up! Add other vegetables, herbs or seasonings as you desire. The main thing is to feel good about being able to honor the life of the stewing hen!You will enjoy great flavorful broth and delicious tender meat when cooked low and slow in the crockpot. Use the broth wherever chicken broth is called for and the meat can be thrown into enchiladas or quesadillas, for example. Or you can utilize both in a fantastic Chicken and Wild Rice Soup!