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Hen Mulligan

Updated on February 28, 2018

Delicious Chicken Stew for a Chilly Day!

Photo credit: Photo of a bowl of my husband's famous Hen Mulligan by OhMe. Yummy! It looks good enough to eat.
Photo credit: Photo of a bowl of my husband's famous Hen Mulligan by OhMe. Yummy! It looks good enough to eat.

Doc's Hen Mulligan Recipe

Hen Mulligan is a family tradition in our household every Christmas Eve and we all look forward to it. Of course, it is good anytime of the year but especially when the weather is cool. This is one of my hubby's many specialties. He is the one who is the expert in our kitchen and he has really perfected this recipe.Doc's mother used to make Hen Mulligan when he was small so he learned how to make it from her. We don't even try to sit down together on Christmas Eve. It is every man for himself after the presents are opened.

We do try to have a sit down meal in the dining room sometime before Christmas Eve but when Christmas Eve arrives we are all too excited and anxious to get on with the gifts and then eat whenever we are ready. It is more of an "Every man for himself" for our Christmas Dinner but it is fun - a little hectic at times but fun and delicious! Thank goodness, everyone in the family enjoys this meal.

Hen Mulligan Recipe

Hen Mulligan Ingredients
Hen Mulligan Ingredients

Hen Mulligan Ingredients

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You will need a 10 lb Hen to boil,10 lb bag of onions, 10 lb bag of potatoes or box of Instant Potatoes, and 3 or 4 cans of shoe peg corn. We enjoy having Hen Mulligan left over for Christmas Day so we make a good bit. What we don't eat, we freeze and have later on in the new year.Doc has found that using the Instant Potatoes really cuts down on the Prep Time and taste just as good as fresh potatoes. We usually serve it with your choice of cornbread, Ritz Crackers or Saltines. We always have a bottle of Hot Sauce handy - Texas Pete, of course. Someone told me that they make this but call it Corn Chowder. I don't know. I guess they could be the same thing.This is the way that my husband's mother, Mama Nannie, always made it. I am sure there are a variety of versions online and others that have been passed down through the ages.

Recipe for Hen Mulligan

Note: You can substitute Instant potatoes for the real ones if desired.Cooking time will vary but you can usually tell by the smell.Enjoy!


  • 10 lb hen boiled and deboned and cut up - save some of the broth
  • 10 lbs or less of potatoes peeled
  • cooked and mashed
  • 10 lbs or less of onion diced and cooked in pan with butter and water until clear
  • 3 or 4 cans of Shoepeg Corn


  1. Mix chicken pieces with potatoes, onions and corn in big pot and add some water and some broth (not all because it will be too greasy)salt and pepper to taste. Add milk to what you are going to use that night.Let it simmer until done - about 3 hours.Serve with Cornbread, Ritz or Saltines. Don't forget the Hot Sauce! There is always a bottle of Texas Pete close by in our home.
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Do you let everyone serve themselves right out of the pot or do you use a fancy tureen? Most of the time, we just serve from the pot. We do know how to dine formally but really enjoy just treating everyone like "home folk" so when we have guests over for soup, they usually go right to the big pot and use the ladle. Nothing fancy, for sure!

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Our Tradition of Hen Mulligan

What does your family eat on Christmas Eve? Do you have a big formal meal? I know that most people do but this is what works for us and we like it. It is also nice to always know what the meal will be from year to year - no surprises, here!

I noticed that some people call it Chicken Mulligan or Chicken Stew but it is basically the same recipe as our Hen Mulligan.

What does Mulligan Mean?

Did you know that the word "Mulligan" means a stew that is made from odds and ends or whatever food is available? Well, that is what it means so guess my mother-in-law had a lot of extra onions, potatoes and corn. I had not ever heard of Mulligan until I married my husband but I learned mighty fast that it is very delicious.


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    • SusannaDuffy profile image

      Susanna Duffy 

      5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I've never heard of Hen Mulligan! At least, not until today

    • OhMe profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @goldenrulecomics: Our family sure enjoys it!

    • goldenrulecomics profile image


      5 years ago from New Jersey

      That looks real good!

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      5 years ago

      Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoyed the Hen Mulligan this year too!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      5 years ago

      Merry Christmas!

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      Heather Burns 

      5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      yum, we call it potato porridge now I'm hungry!

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      5 years ago

      I came by for another taste of Hen Mulligan. I'll wait right here! :)

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      6 years ago

      We usually have Bratwurst with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut... everyone likes it, and it goes fast (we celebrate on Christmas Eve, so we rush to get to the early church service)

    • savateuse profile image


      6 years ago

      super Christmas eve recipe!

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      6 years ago

      Looks like a tasty recipe.

    • sharonbellis profile image

      Sharon Bellissimo 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Comfort food for sure!

    • Frischy profile image


      6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      This looks like a filling, economical meal. Great for Christmas Eve, or any time!

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      7 years ago

      You may be staring new family traditions of Hen Mulligan for many families here. What a great no stress meal for Christmas Eve when our minds are more on other events such as gifts. I love your "less than" ingredient list from the kitchen of a real cook!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I like the idea of serving soup in a tureen. Sounds so civilized. We usually just dip from the soup pot, so really a down-home meal.

    • Nancy Hardin profile image

      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      First time I ever heard of this, but it sure sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      You learn something new every day!

    • Richard-H profile image


      7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I've never heard of hen mulligan, but that's probably because I come from the other side of the Atlantic :) Sounds good, though!

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      Heather B 

      7 years ago

      It looks delicious, but I don't know if I'd have it as a Christmas dish!

    • OhMe profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Ramkitten2000: I think there is all kinds of Mulligan Stew. It can be any meat, potato and vegetable combination. Or at least, that is my understanding.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @kimbesa2: Thank you. The bowl is part of my Country Diary of the Edwardian Lady china. I have a lens about it and it's featured on the side panel.

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      7 years ago from USA

      I want the bowl, too!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Hm, I remember my father occasionally referring to "Mulligan stew" when I was a kid. I wonder if THIS is what he was talking about. Sounds and looks yummy!

    • Paul Ward profile image


      7 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Christmas ballast :)

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      It's the first time I hear about Hen Mulligan, it sounds really good. I am a big fan of anything with corn, so this sound delicious!

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      puerdycat lm 

      7 years ago

      I love this, didn't know it had a name!

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      7 years ago

      Well, Nancy, you had never heard of chicken bog, and I am just now learning of hen mulligan. Chicken is one of my favorites. :)

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      7 years ago

      I never heard of it, but I am going to get a chicken and make a third of the recipe with the chicken. Yum, yum, yum. I will call it doc's mulligan. Thanks!

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Don't know why I didn't bless this lens the minute I found it. I bless for food. Great job, this not only sounds delicious but looks delicious too.

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm sure I'd love hen mulligan, though I've never heard of it until just now. Our Christmas Eve tradition is chili. I love traditions!

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      7 years ago

      Following traditions adds to the celibrations. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 

      7 years ago

      I have never heard of this dish but it looks delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Ann Hinds profile image

      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Wow, I'm going to have to try this immediately. Am going to pull the chicken out of the refrigerator now.

    • OhMe profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: We need to have a sister weekend and make this

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Joan4: Ok Joan, I added another option just for you

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      7 years ago

      Have never heard of Hen Mulligan but I bet it's good. Thanks for sharing your tradition and recipe Nancy.

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      7 years ago

      Oh, I am glad to have this recipe! Sounds great!...perfect for a cold winter's night! Have heard about Jim's Hen Mulligan for years. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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      Tobbie LM 

      7 years ago

      This sounds like a delicious holidy tradition. Cheers!

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      7 years ago

      I love these old family recipes. What comfort food! Hen Mulligan sounds delicious!

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      7 years ago

      sounds good! would you believe I have never tasted Jim's hen mulligan? and there was not a spot for me on the poll. I have heard lots about it, but never tasted it! lol Sounds delish!

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      7 years ago from Iowa

      Sounds yummy and the perfect thing on acold winters night. Mayhaps Turkey Hen Mulligan for all my leftovers? :)


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