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Chicken and plum traybake recipe

Chicken and plum traybake recipe

31 ratings

This elevated traybake makes the most of sweet roasted plums. Nestle them among juicy chicken breasts until everything is cooked through and the plums are jammy. A sauce made with red wine and gently spiced with cinnamon, bay and star anise is the star of the show here, coating all your wonderful pieces in a sticky glaze. See method

  • Serves 4
  • Takes 55 mins plus 30 mins marinating
  • 468 calories / serving


  • 6 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 125ml red wine
  • 2 tbsp reduced-salt soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 2 star anise​
  • 1 cinnamon stick​
  • 2 bay leaves​
  • 10g fresh thyme
  • 8 plums, halved and destoned
  • ½ reduced-salt chicken stock cube, made up to 125ml
  • 10g fresh parsley, roughly chopped​
  • rice or mashed potato, to serve (optional)
If you don't have red onions, try using white, brown or spring onions

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    27g 39%
  • Saturates

    10g 48%
  • Sugars

    19g 22%
  • Salt

    1.1g 18%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 22.2g Protein 28.3g Fibre 4.2g


  1. Mix the chicken, onions, wine, soy sauce, maple syrup, mustard, garlic, star anise, cinnamon and bay leaves together in a large bowl. Set aside for 30 mins to marinate.

  2. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Scatter the thyme over the base of a large, deep roasting tin. Add the plums and chicken stock. Spoon over the marinated chicken mixture, then stir gently to ensure the chicken thighs are skin side up.

  3. Roast for 35-45 mins until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear when the thickest part of the meat is pierced with a sharp knife. Scatter with the parsley and serve with rice or mashed potato, if you like.

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