Pesto chicken stew with cheesy dumplings

Pesto chicken stew with cheesy dumplings

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(66 ratings)

Prep: 50 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 20 mins

Easy

Serves 8
A slow-cooked chicken casserole with Italian basil flavours that makes a perfect weekend one-pot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal831
  • fat52g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre5g
  • protein50g
  • salt2.7g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 12-15 chicken thighs, skin removed, bone in
  • 200g smoked bacon lardon or chopped bacon
  • 1 large onion, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 celery sticks, chopped
    Celery

    Celery

    sell-er-ee

    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 3 leeks, chopped
    Leeks

    Leek

    lee-k

    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 200ml white wine
  • 1l chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 200g frozen pea
  • 140g sundried tomato
  • 140g fresh pesto
    Pesto

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.

    The…

  • small bunch basil, chopped
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

For the dumplings

  • 140g butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 100g parmesan, grated
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

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    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 50g pine nut

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large casserole dish. Brown the chicken until golden on all sides – you might have to do this in batches – remove the chicken from the pan as you go and set aside.

  2. Add the lardons to the pan and sizzle for a few mins, then add the onion, celery and leeks, and cook over a medium heat for 8-10 mins until the vegetables have softened. Stir in the flour, season and cook for a further 2 mins.

  3. Gradually stir in the wine and allow it to bubble away, then stir in the stock. Return the chicken to the pan with the bay leaves and cover with a lid. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 1½ hrs or until the chicken is tender. The stew can now be cooled and frozen if you’re making ahead. Just defrost thoroughly, then gently warm through back in the pan before continuing.

  4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Add the peas, sundried tomatoes, pesto and basil to the stew. To make the dumplings, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the grated cheese and add 150ml water, mixing with a cutlery knife to bring the crumbs together to form a light and sticky dough. Break off walnut-sized lumps and shape into small balls. Roll the tops of the dumplings in the pine nuts so a few stick to the outside, then place the dumplings on top of the stew and scatter with any remaining nuts. Put the dish in the oven and bake for 25 mins until the dumplings are golden brown and cooked through. Serve with mashed potato and extra veg if you like.

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leight79
20th Jun, 2017
5.05
One of my favourite recipes of all time. I've made it again and again: for casual family dinners and posh dinner parties. Every single person I've made it for has been wowed by the flavours involved. Don't be put off by the way it looks before the final stage: it'll look lovely at the end. This is an absolute winner.
Artemisia2017
14th Jun, 2017
5.05
This has become a firm family favourite even with the picky eaters
nuttynix
16th Dec, 2016
5.05
Made this a few times now and it's amazing! I tend to use a jar of pesto instead of fresh, no celery and boneless chicken thighs.
hjlonsdale
25th Sep, 2016
5.05
Absolutely marvellous as a post-run treat!
jb5370
22nd Nov, 2015
5.05
Had this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. The dumplings were a lovely addition to a great winter warming stew.
lindapalmer1
21st Nov, 2015
5.05
Delicious recipe. I used homemade pesto and didn't have any leeks so used a red and a white onion instead which worked perfectly. Served with mash potatoes, although personally I think this stew is best served with either the dumplings or potato but not both. This will become a firm favourite and would be suitable to serve at a dinner party.
talishko
27th Jun, 2015
5.05
Great recipe! Tried it for the first time, timings (prep/cooking) were spot on, dumplings super easy to make and delicious. All the flavours came together perfectly! Will definitely make again.
valjohn
13th Apr, 2015
5.05
Love this recipe - have made it several times now. I usually just buy a dumpling mix and that works out just fine. I have also made it into a pie filling and instead of having individual dumplings I make a dumpling "lid" instead of a pastry crust. This has been a nice variation.
seattlewa
17th Feb, 2014
I made this but added suet dumplings as I prefer them. Went down a treat with my boyfriend! Will be making again soon.
Heyer26
8th Jan, 2014
This is a fab recipe - really satisfying and a little different. Always get rave reviews and requests for the recipe whenever I make it.

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