4 to 5-pound ready-to-cook stewing chicken
3 cups hot water
1 onion studded with a few whole cloves
3 stalks celery leaves
1 bay leaf
1 carrot, cut in 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup milk or cream
6 Tbsp. flour
Pepper to taste
Have chicken cut up. Wash chicken in cold water; drain well. Put chicken, water, onion, celery, 1 tablespoon salt, bay leaf and carrot in a sauce pot and simmer, over low heat, 3 to 4 hours until tender. Lift chicken from sauce pot and place on a serving dish; keep warm.
To make gravy: Strain broth and skim off excess fat. Measure broth and add water, if necessary, to make 3 cups; return to pot. Combine milk with flour to make a smooth paste. Slowly stir flour mixture into broth. Place over medium heat and cook and stir until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with pepper and more salt; pour over chicken. If desired, serve with hot Baking Powder Biscuits (See Index C). Makes 5 to 6 servings.
BROWN FRICASSEE OF CHICKEN: Buy a 4 to 5-pound ready-to-cook stewing chicken; have it cut up. Combine 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp. salt and dash pepper. Dredge chicken pieces in the flour mixture; coat well. Fry the chicken over low heat in 1/4 cup fat or cooking oil until brown on all sides. Continue as directed, above, adding water, onion, etc. to sauce pot in which chicken was browned.
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