Chicken in a pot with barley and vegetables

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A hearty meal for 4

3/4 cup pearled barley
1 whole chicken 5 lbs or so
4 carrots roughly chopped
3 leeks,white and light green only,sliced into 1 inch pieces
2 onions roughly chopped
1 bunch kale
3 garlic cloves peeled
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 bay leaf
2 cups canned chicken broth
1 Tbsp oil
1/4 cup brandy

prepare the barley according to the package directions. drain and set aside
Season the chicken inside and out with pepper. place the rosemary,bay leaf and garlic cloves in the chicken cavity

In a large dutch oven heat heat the oil
place the chicken breast side down. cook until browned 8-10 minutes a side or so
remove from the dutch oven and set aside
pour the brandy into the dutch oven and stir up any browned bits
add the kale and cook 2-3 minutes until it starts to wilt
return the chicken to the dutch over and sprinkle the onions,leeks and carrots around the chicken
pour in the chicken broth and 1 cup water
bring to a boil
reduce heat to  medium,cover and cook 60-75 minutes until the chicken is cooked throughly

remove the chicken from the dutch oven and carve
stir the cooked barley into the broth to rewarm

serve the chicken with some barley,broth and veggies in bowls

serves 4

 

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