How to Cook Waterzooi, the Awesome Belgian Chicken Stew

Simplest version of the Classic Belgian stew from Ghent that you can do with fish or chicken. Simple and extremely satisfying. A white burgundy or val de Loire will be perfect companions.

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How to Cook Waterzooi, the Awesome Belgian Chicken Stew Recipe
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Roughly chop the vegetables.  This is a hearty stew !

Roughly chop the vegetables. This is a hearty stew !

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Don't forget an onion with a clove !

Don't forget an onion with a clove !

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Ideally use a whole chicken, but clearly pieces will do too

Ideally use a whole chicken, but clearly pieces will do too

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Bring chicken stock to the boil

Bring chicken stock to the boil

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Enhance the stock with a bouquet garni (use string to tie thyme, laurel to a carrot) and add an onion, a little celery, leek.

Enhance the stock with a bouquet garni (use string to tie thyme, laurel to a carrot) and add an onion, a little celery, leek.

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In this family version of the waterzooi, everything cooks together.  Add the chicken first.  Count an hour for the chicken.  Make sure you have a big enough pot !! We had to switch :-)

In this family version of the waterzooi, everything cooks together. Add the chicken first. Count an hour for the chicken. Make sure you have a big enough pot !! We had to switch :-)

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After 10 minutes or so, it's time for celery, leeks and carrots to take the dive

After 10 minutes or so, it's time for celery, leeks and carrots to take the dive

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Potatoes need about 20 minutes and they go in last of the veggies

Potatoes need about 20 minutes and they go in last of the veggies

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Sitting pretty - gentle boil.  Taste and season.  Don't be shy about using black pepper as the creme fraiche will soften the taste when you add it later.

Sitting pretty - gentle boil. Taste and season. Don't be shy about using black pepper as the creme fraiche will soften the taste when you add it later.

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When all is cooked it's time to add the creme fraiche / whipping cream.  The waterzooi absolutely cannot boil once the cream has been added.

When all is cooked it's time to add the creme fraiche / whipping cream. The waterzooi absolutely cannot boil once the cream has been added.

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Ready to roll !

Ready to roll !

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Lovely looking plate.

Lovely looking plate.

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Job done ! Time for dessert !

Job done ! Time for dessert !

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