So, funny story. I often order bulk herbs from one of my favorite sites Vitacost. When I ran out of bay leaves, I was about to place an order for our dry goods so I quickly searched and added them to my cart. I've already bought bulk cinnamon, turmeric, beet powder, cream of tartar and a few other things from them so I didn't even think about it. Until they arrived, that is. I am the proud owner of ONE POUND of bay leaves. Just in case you can't imagine what a pound of feather light leaves from a bay tree look like, I've included a picture for your laughing pleasure. So, naturally, I've been scouring the internet for bay leaf recipes. Wouldn't you know it, I managed to come up with a delicious recipe on my own while trying to throw together another quick dinner in my new secret lover... the Instant Pot. I can't believe I haven't had one my whole life. This recipe has the warmth and comfort of a hearty pot pie without all the starch.
3 whole chicken leg sections, aka drum and thigh attached
10 bay leaves
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 bag parsnips cut into chunks
1 stalk celery, cut in pieces
1/4c white wine
1c chicken or vegetable broth
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1 cup water, reserved
1 bag frozen peas, thawed
Place the onion, parsnips, celery, wine and broth in the bottom of the IP. Add a layer of 5 bay leaves on top. Salt and pepper the chicken, then place them on top of the veggies. Close the lid, make sure you are sealed tight, and let her rip on Manual setting for 15 min. Do a quick release, then pull out the chicken and veggies. Cover to keep warm. Turn the IP back on to saute, while you strain the fat out of your broth. You can do it the old fashioned way, or with one of these nifty separators like I use. Put the strained broth back into the hot IP. Mix the tapioca starch with the water and whisk into your warming broth. As it starts to thicken, add in the peas and allow to warm and thicken to your desired consistency. Pour the gravy with peas over the top of the chicken and serve with a side of your veggies. Enjoy. This will very quickly become a family favorite, since even my pickest eater told me it was the best chicken he's ever eaten. Maybe if I make it another 9,000 times or so I'll even use up all my bay leaves. Enjoy!