Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Chicken and Mashed Potatoes

I've started a battle. It's a battle against summer temperatures during school. As a teacher I feel it is a bit unjust to have summer like weather while we all have to go back to school.If we have to go to school there should at least be a bit of crispness in the air. My weapon? Warm and cozy mashed potatoes and chicken gravy. No summer sun can resist all good flavors wrapped up in a bowl of deliciousness. Care to join me in this battle?

 Here's what you will need:

2-3 chicken thighs
1 1/2 tablespoons of chicken base ( I used the Better Than Bouillon brand)
3 - 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
4 medium sized potatoes
1/3 cup of milk
3 tablespoons of butter
salt and pepper to taste

Put the chicken thighs (or breasts) into a slow cooker with the chicken base and cover with water. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Take the chicken out and wait for it to cool.

While the chicken is cooling, combine the cornstarch in 1/4 or so of water. Then add this to the chicken broth and turn the slow cooker to high.

While the mixture comes to a boil, shred the cooked chicken into small edible pieces.
 Chop the cleaned potatoes, and place them into a pot and cover with water. Boil them until they are very tender.

At this point you can add the chicken back to the gravy mixture and return the slow cooker to low heat. Taste the gravy. If you want to add more chicken base or salt and pepper, do so now.

Once the potatoes have cooked, add the milk and butter. Mash them with either a masher or electric mixer. If you prefer a thinner or thicker mashed potato add more or less milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon the mashed potatoes into a bowl and serve the gravy over top.

Take that summer!


  1. It feels like fall here in New Mexico tonight. This would have been perfect for dinner. Nothing is better than comfort food on a cold rainy night!

  2. It's so true! I won the battle, it got pretty chilly here last night. I may be sorry what I wished for!

  3. I was just going to say that the Rain has been making it feel like fall here too! I need to make this quick, before the weather goes back into the 90s!