Moroccan chicken stew

This hearty stew, full of vibrant veg and warming spices, is a Hemsley sister favourite. Serve with a side of cauliflower tabbouleh as a light accompaniment

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:40 mins
  • Serves 4
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Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 348
  • fat 20g
  • saturates 5g
  • carbs 20g
  • sugars 16g
  • fibre 7g
  • protein 18g
  • salt 0.6g


  • large handful flaked almonds
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 red onions, finely sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • thumb-sized piece ginger (about 40g), unpeeled if organic, finely grated
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ smoked sweet paprika
  • 4 chicken thighs, skin on
  • 2 red peppers, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 large lemon, cut into 6 thick slices
  • handful green olives, stoned
  • 250ml gluten-free chicken stock or bone broth
  • 4 pitted dates or dried apricots, chopped
  • a small pinch of chilli powder or 1 fresh, red chilli, chopped (optional)
  • 150g green beans, halved
  • handful fresh coriander, chopped
  • handful fresh parsley, chopped


  1. In a large, dry pan, gently toast the almonds for 2 mins until golden – don’t take your eyes off them, as they burn easily – then set aside.

  2. In the same pan, heat the ghee and gently cook the onions for 8 mins until softened. Add the garlic, ginger and spices, and fry for 1 min more.

  3. Add the chicken thighs, skin-side down, and cook until the skin is golden and crisp, then turn and cook to lightly golden on the flesh side.

  4. Add the red peppers, lemon slices, olives, stock or bone broth and dates or apricots (and chilli, if using). Simmer with the lid on for about 40 mins until the chicken is cooked through.

  5. If you find the sauce is too watery, take off the lid and leave it to reduce a little. If the sauce is too thick, add a few more tbsps of water.

  6. Add the green beans for the final 4 mins of cooking time. Season to taste and top with the coriander, parsley and the toasted almonds to serve.

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