Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Proper Protocol Potted Poulet
by Rosie

The protocol 'droid built by Anakin Skywalker has had so many experiences and programming revisions, even Anakin would be hard-pressed to recognize his creation, ESPECIALLY in his incarnation as a nanny for Anakin's grandchildren! But the shiny protocol 'droid performed admirably and the Solo children — Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin — loved the stuffy, prissy machine. C3PO — affectionately called "Threepio" by everyone who knew him — also played nurse, caretaker, educator, and even filled in as the cook for his young charges! Parents Leia and Han actually preferred it, since they trusted Threepio implicitly.

On the day this recipe was invented, Threepio was watching the kids all day because Han and Leia are doing their usual public, high-office stuff. The children were scheduled to go on a carefully arranged school trip, but Threepio also remembered that the children were obliged to show up at a publicity junket for a new exhibit of Jedi artifacts at a university museum later that afternoon. Knowing that though the children would be excused from the obligation a few minutes after they had been photographed with their parents, the 'droid realized the children would be ravenously hungry at the end of the day. But there would be no time to cook for them; Threepio would have his hands full making sure they were cleaned up and dressed for the photograph.

So he did what any good mother would do — while they were still getting ready in the morning, he got packets of prepared ingredients out of the freezer and pantry, and tossed them all into a crockpot. The three Solo children loved this meal, which was served with tender biscuits or noodles, and dubbed it "Pio's Potty PotPot," which horrified the very proper protocol 'droid! When asked for the recipe by the children when they were older, he gave them the recipe with a much more proper title, along with some variations to make it more acceptable to the now grown children.




  • 1½ lbs / 675 g boneless, skinless chicken, either white or dark
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 24 oz / 675 g frozen stew vegetables (sold in 12 oz bags in the freezer section of your grocery store)
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • soupcan of water
  • 8 oz / 185 g raw baby carrots
  • 1 Tbsp Vegeta seasoning mix (or bouillion powder or cubes or seasoned salt)
  • tsp ground pepper
  • salt, to taste (optional)
Cut boneless chicken into 1-inch / 2½cm chunks. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Put chicken into skillet to brown, and use tongs to turn pieces to brown on all sides. This will need to be done in two batches or more, depending on the size of your skillet — don't overcrowd the pan or the chicken won't brown properly.

Put the browned chicken, frozen vegetables and raw baby carrots into the crockpot. Mix the cream of celery soup with the water in a large measuring cup and pour over the meat and vegetables. Add the Vegeta seasoning mis and ground pepper.

Set the crockpot to cook on "low heat" for 8 to 10 hours. Go have fun all day and come home to a delicious, aromatic meal, ready to serve.

Makes 4 generous servings.

    Notes:
  • To make this meal fancier "for company" you can pour the finished stew into a nice casserole dish, then cover it with store-bought puff pastry, trimming the edges as you wish (but don't crush them or squish them). Cut some slits to let steam escape, brush some beaten egg over the top, and brown it in a pre-heated 400°F / 205°C oven for about 20 minutes.

  • For a bit less fancy presentation, but still very good and impressive, get store-bought refrigerator rolls and place them on top of the stew in the casserole, and bake the whole thing in the oven till the biscuits are done.

  • If you are REALLY pressed for time, you can omit the oil and frying / browning steps, and just toss the boneless frozen chicken pieces into the pot with the other ingredients. It will be less convenient for children to eat and not have a nice browned color, but it will be tasty and cooked through. Of course, if you prepare the chicken in advance before freezing it or buy it already cut-up, that'd be better!


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