Chicken, Chickpeas, and Turnips

From The Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash
serves 6-8

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 2 onions
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp powdered saffron
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 ½-2 lb small whole peeled turnips (if larger, cut into 1 ½ inch chunks)
  • 2 cups chopped young turnip leaves and stems (or spinach or mustard greens)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Chopped parsley (optional)
Method:
    Rinse chickpeas in water and rub lightly to remove their skins; drain and set aside. Cut chickens into quarters, removing wing tips and backbones; put them aside for stock. Melt butter and oil in a casserole and lightly brown chicken on all sides, cooking in 2 batches if necessary. Slice onions and stir into butter and oil to color. Then add the chickpeas, stock, pepper, ginger, saffron, and turmeric. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add turnips and greens and simmer 20 minutes more.

    Remove chicken and turnips to a covered warm dish. Boil sauce to reduce, mashing some of the chickpeas against the side of the pan to thicken the sauce: it may take 10-15 minutes to produce a nice thick sauce. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Reheat chicken and turnips in the sauce. Garnish with parsley if desired. Serves 6-8.

    Try using different legumes, such as kidney beans or lentils.

Did you know?

Organic farmers and experts in India organized to address the agriculture crisis facing the nation's 700 million farmers. Poor yields, degraded soils, and expensive chemical inputs arising from the cultivation of pesticide intensive crops, including genetically engineered cotton, have devastated India's rural economy. Crop failures and crushing debt led over 300 Indian farmers to commit suicide between May and July. To address this crisis, farmers from all over the country joined together August 2, 2006 to create the "Organic Vision 2020," a long term strategy to shift the country's farming focus back to ecological and traditional organic practices.

Quotes

"There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third is by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry."
~Benjamin Franklin
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