Chicken Stew with Apples and Cinnamon (and a big announcement!)

 

Before giving you the recipe for this delicious stew, let me tell you a little something.

My life is going to change A LOT in a few days — 10 little days, to be more precise. My boyfriend Solal and I are moving to Sydney, Australia. And I say «moving» because we’re not going on vacation. We are actually going to live there for a year. I’m both super excited and scared. I mean, you’ll agree it’s a big change, and I don’t really know what to expect. I’ve never been to Australia, that’s a country we don’t hear about a lot, except when it comes to kangaroo and koala (just kiddin’). I did a lot of research — I’m the kind of girl that reads hundreds of guides and websites  — but still, it definitively feels like an adventure for us. Not to mention that Australians have a strange accent, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle that (just kiddin’, again. Don’t feel offended my Aussie friend).

So what exactly are we going to do in Sydney, you may ask. Quite frankly, I’m not sure myself. I already know we’ll have tons of things to do (I’ll explain that in a minute), but we did not get transferred and we won’t go to college. Basically, we wanted to travel, to see something different while we’re still young, with no kids and no house to pay for. Why Australia? Because it’s always sunny! And I’m not kidding this time, that’s actually one of the main reason we chose this country. My body and soul need sun to work properly. And Paris is not exactly the sunniest part of the world. In addition to the weather, I must say it’s super easy to get a visa, at least if you don’t intend to immigrate for more than one year. We got a «Working Holidays» visa in 15 minutes on the web. How incredible is that?! You understand now why so many people come to Australia! As the name suggests it, this visa allows you to work, in order to pay for your vacation. The only drawback is that you can’t work more than 6 months with the same employer. And that brings us back to question: what are we going to do in Sydney? Well, lots of things. We’ll find a regular job to earn some money. Solal and I have some business projects we’ll work on, and I’m not done yet with my studies. I finished law school this year, and I’m actually starting something new in october. So as you can see, we’ll have a very busy schedule (but I love that)!

My sweet blog is not going to be neglected at all and I intend to keep posting recipes on a regular basis, ideally three time a week. But it may take a little time for me to adjust to my new life so I hope you’ll be understanding if I don’t post as often as I used to — at least at the beginning.

From what I’ve heard, Sydney is an amazing city when it comes to food. There are very good fresh produces, local farmers market, excellent restaurants. I’m very excited to discover all that and looking forward to sharing it with you! There’s only one thing I’m a bit worried about. Australia doesn’t have the same season as we do. When it’s winter in the US or in France, it’s summer there. Fruits and vegetables aren’t in season at the same time. They have strawberries in january and pumpkin in march. Weird, right? It’s gonna be a huge challenge for me to come up with recipes that we’ll both be able to make. I know that’s possible, some other bloggers do a great job while traveling abroad. Like Lindsay, from Pinch of Yum, who is currently living in the Philippines. I think I’ll just need a little time!

About this Chicken Stew with Apples and Cinnamon now? It’s the perfect Fall dish you’ve been craving for. Ok, it’s not traditional but don’t be shy and give it a try. Those ingredients just go amazingly well together. I found the recipe on a french website called L’Atelier des Chefs.

I think I did enough talking for one day, so I’ll leave you with the recipe.

Take care.

 

Chicken Stew with Apples and Cinnamon

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 1 drumstick + 1/4th apples

375

16 g

Cal: 375.25 - Protein: 24g - Fat: 16g - Carbs: 35.4g - Fiber: 4.7g - Sugar: 27.59g - WW Old Points: 8 pts - Points+: 10 pts

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 large apples, peeled and cubed
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven, on medium heat. Brown each sides of chicken drumsticks (about 5 minutes total). Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add onion and cook them for 2 minutes. Add apple cubes, cinnamon sticks and honey. Mix well.
  3. Put the chicken back in the pan, cover with 1/2 cup water and simmer for 30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve warm.

Notes

A lot of things to say ! 1. It's even better the next day 2. You can use chicken breasts, thighs and other cuts if you wish but adjust cooking time 3. You can add some pine nuts just before serving, it's delicious!

http://notenoughcinnamon.com/2012/09/20/chicken-stew-with-apples-and-cinnamon/

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Comments

  1. Connor says

    Quite funny reading this post. I’m an Australian living in Paris – my husband and I did something similar to you 4 years ago – we wanted an overseas experience while we were still young with no responsibilities so decided to move to France… and still haven’t left. Slightly biased but you will love Australia – sunny every day and everyone is 10x happier than Parisiens! Good luck.

    • says

      That’s quite funny indeed! I arrived on Monday and I can already tell the difference. People are so friendly and relaxed here! And the sun always shines… hummm love that!!

  2. says

    Living and working overseas is a wonderful thing to do when you are young and don’t yet have a family. Of course, you can still do this if you have kids, but the experience will just be different. I absolutely adore Sydney – I lived there for a quite a few years when I was growing up in Sydney. The foodie scene in Sydney is amazing – you will love it! I wish you and Solal all the best in your new adventures in Australia!

    • says

      Thanks for your kind words Thanh! We’ve only been in Sydney for 10 days but I can already tell this city is amazing. It seems to have the perfect combination of what I love in both european and american cities. And the foodie scene definitively is amazing here!!
      Every time I go to a supermarket and see Tim Tams I think about you. Let me know if you want some, I’d be a pleasure to send you some (and a good excuse for me to try them out…ahaha)

  3. says

    I have visited Sydney three times (just a couple of days each time) and it is one of my favorite places in the world. I hope you have a great time there. And thank you for posting so many intriguing recipes.

  4. says

    Tried this chicken stew tonight and really enjoyed it. I love the simplicity and the combination of flavors. I served it with a Duchman Family Winery red blend wine (from Texas, which may not be available elsewhere) that is very fruity. Nice combination. Thank you for a really nice recipe.

    • says

      I’m glad you liked it, it’s one of my favorite stew! I love to use apples as ‘veggies’ and the cinnamon gives them a really unique taste.

  5. says

    Hello Marie!! Firstly, let me just say that your blog, your words and your recipes are just beautiful. You’ve got a lovely way of making things honest and real. Secondly… I am glad that you’re enjoying your time in Australia! I am an English ex-pat living in Perth, Australia (on the other side of the country to you!) and the weather, fresh food and clean air are some of the best you can find on the globe (in my opinion!). If you and Solal ever head over to Western Australia, let me know! It’d be a privilege to take you around xx

    • says

      Laura, I’m really touched by your comment, I think this is one of the sweetest one I have ever received. Thank you so much..!! I totally agree with you, Australia rocks! If we come to Perth I’ll definitively get in touch with you :)

  6. Barbara says

    Marie:
    You are one lucky girl. I love Sydney. Spent a week there and was not ready to leave. We stayed in King’s Cross, what an experience but we loved the night life. Loved Circular Quay and Darling Harbor. Still crave the pizza bread slices that we ate every day that you could get on every corner. Who would have known that 5 years later I would end up in Paris for a week on my Honeymoon. Oh the baguettes and pastries. If it wasn’t for all the walking I would have gained 10 pounds.

    So I have experienced both these beautiful cities. Both are on my bucket list to return. Enjoy life, experience life and share with the ones you love. Keep posting those delicious recipes.

    Barbara
    USA – Illinois

    • says

      Hi Barbara! We live in Darlinghurst, very close to King’s Cross!! We’ve been living in Sydney for almost 7 months now and I’m still impressed by the beautiful Harbour Bridge. I find it very majestic! Paris is probably the best place on earth for pastries and bread, I couldn’t agree more :) I already have a ‘to eat’ list for when I come back to visit my family, and it includes lots of sweet goodies!
      If I were to choose between Paris and Sydney though, I would probably pick Sydney. Life is so enjoyable here! Paris is a dream destination for vacations, but in the end it’s not really pleasant to live there. People are always grumpy and aggressive, it’s not safe and the weather isn’t nice (which is highly important for me ahah). Despite that, I can’t wait to go back for a month or two and enjoy the beauty of the city, the food and of course, my family and friends :)
      Thanks for your lovely comment!

  7. Susan says

    Hi Marie,
    Thought you might like to know what I did with this recipe tonight: I served it with Stella Artois Cidre, and it was an amazing combination. We love this dish, and wanted to add something else to the meal. The Cidre was perfect.
    Susan

    • marie says

      Hi Susan! It sounds like a great addition! I will definitely give it a go next time I make this recipe, as cider is one of my favorite drink!

Trackbacks

  1. [...] Poulet Basquaise literally means Basque Chicken . It’s a typical dish from a French south west region called Pays Basque. It’s basically a chicken stew made with tomatoes and bell peppers (usually red). It has become a staple in our home, Solal requests it very often and I’m happy to oblige! I’ll be back Friday, with a yummy super yummy coconut/chocolate dessert. Until then, have a wonderful week! PS: if Julia Child loved to cook “Poulet Basquaise”, maybe it’s because there’s something there. Just sayin’… PPS: I have another chicken stew in store for you. And I love it. Really. It’s moroccan this time : check my Chicken Stew with Apple and Cinnamon. [...]

  2. […] Poulet Basquaise literally means Basque Chicken . It’s a typical dish from a French south west region called Pays Basque. It’s basically a chicken stew made with tomatoes and bell peppers (usually red). It has become a staple in our home, Solal requests it very often and I’m happy to oblige! I’ll be back Friday, with a yummy super yummy coconut/chocolate dessert. Until then, have a wonderful week! PS: if Julia Child loved to cook “Poulet Basquaise”, maybe it’s because there’s something there. Just sayin’… PPS: I have another chicken stew in store for you. And I love it. Really. It’s moroccan this time : check my Chicken Stew with Apple and Cinnamon. […]

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