Chicken stew with lemon and rosemary

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
8 chicken thighs, roughly 1.15kg (each thigh about 175g)
Salt, plus 1 tsp
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
45g unsalted butter, softened
4 carrots, sliced diagonally into 2.5cm pieces
4 celery sticks, cut diagonally into 2.5cm pieces
2 sprigs rosemary
1 lemon, juiced
625ml chicken stock, from a stock cube or homemade
75g frozen pearl onions, thawed
2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
2 tbsp plain flour
Serve with cooked egg tagliatelle dressed in butter
1) Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas 7.

2) Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper. Heat the oil and 15g butter in a casserole dish (30cm diameter) over medium-high heat. Lay half of the chicken pieces skin-side down in the skillet. Cook the chicken, until golden-brown on both sides, turning once, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining chicken.

3) Reduce the heat to medium, add the carrots and celery, and cook until just tender, about 10 minutes. Add the rosemary, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add the lemon juice, and scrape up any browned bits that cling to the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the broth, onions, lemon zest, and 1 teaspoon salt and bring just to a boil.

4) Return the chicken skin-side up to the pot, taking care that the skin is just over the surface of the liquid, and then put the stew in the oven. Cook, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through, tender, and lightly glazed and brown, about 40 minutes. Baste the chicken occasionally in the last 20 minutes of cooking. Meanwhile, use a fork to work the remaining 30g butter into the 2 tablespoons flour to make a paste.

5) Remove the stew from the oven. Remove and discard the rosemary and arrange all the vegetables and chicken (reserving the juices in the pan) in a serving dish/bowl. Place the casserole dish over medium heat and whisk the butter/flour mixture into the juices until dissolved. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened. Pour sauce over the chicken and serve immediately over buttered noodles.

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