Delicious Chicken Stew for a Chilly Day!
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
for your Grocery List
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
- 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.
Stainless Steel Ladle
Your ladle needs to have the lip on the end for attaching to your pot. Otherwise, it might end up in the soup. Have you ever had that happen? I sure have.
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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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Have you eaten Hen Mulligan
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.