For the stew:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 660 g pack British chicken thighs and drumsticks by Sainsbury's
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red and 1 orange pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 8 sage leaves
  • 390 g carton chopped tomatoes
  • 750 ml litre chicken stock, made with 1 stock cube
  • 250 g dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • Fresh parsley, to serve

For the parsley dumplings:

  • 300 g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 125 g butter, chilled and cubed
  • 150 ml semi skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley


  1. 1

    Heat the oil in a large ovenproof saucepan, and brown the chicken pieces all over, for about 5-6 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, until it begins to soften.

  2. 2

    Add the peppers cook for 4-5 minutes. Stir in the cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, paprika and flour, and cook for another minute. Season, then add the bay and sage leaves, and pour in the tomatoes and stock.

  3. 3

    Put the chicken back in the pan, bring to a boil, add the apricots then simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken is almost cooked. Preheat the oven to 200°C, 180°C, gas mark 6.

  4. 4

    Meanwhile, make the dumplings. Season the flour and mix with the baking powder in a bowl, then rub in the butter using your fingertips. Stir in the milk and parsley with a round edged knife to combine well. Divide the dough into 12, then roll into 12 balls before placing on top of the stew.

  5. 5

    Put in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, until the stew has baked and the dumplings are golden brown on top. Divide between 6 plates to serve, and sprinkle with parsley.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 2596kj 620kcal 31%
  • Fat 31.3g 45%
  • Saturates 14.2g 71%
  • Sugars 22.4g 25%
  • Salt 1.6g 27%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 636kj/152kcal

Each serving provides

59.3g carbohydrate 4.1g fibre 23.4g protein

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