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Slow-cooker Persian chicken stew recipe

Slow-cooker Persian chicken stew recipe

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Fragrantly spiced with cinnamon and ground ginger, and cooked with dates for a lovely sweet taste, this simple slow-cooker chicken recipe is excellent served up at a dinner party. Why not try swapping the chicken thighs for lamb shanks? Just prepare the recipe in the same way and cook for 3-4 hours longer, until the meat is falling off the bone. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 8 mins to prepare and 5 hrs to cook
  • 523 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 750g chicken thighs on the bone
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced into rings
  • 25g walnut halves
  • 550g new potatoes, halved if large
  • 100g dried dates
  • 150ml chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 150g natural yogurt
  • steamed greens, to serve
If you haven't got any new potatoes, try dicing a large white potato instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    30g 43%
  • Saturates

    9g 47%
  • Sugars

    15g 17%
  • Salt

    0.8g 14%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 36.8g Protein 28.1g Fibre 3.3g


  1. Put the chicken thighs in a bowl and add the spices. Toss well to coat.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion for 2 mins and then add the walnuts. Cook for another minute.
  3. Put the potatoes in a slow-cooker. Add the chicken and then spoon in the sautéed onions and walnuts. Sprinkle over the dates and pour in the stock.
  4. Cook for 4½-5 hrs on a low heat, until the chicken is cooked through (with no pink meat showing).
  5. Meanwhile, stir the Harissa paste into the yogurt.
  6. Serve the chicken on a bed of steamed greens such as kale with the spiced yogurt on the side.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Cook as instructed and allow to cool completely. Then transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating. To reheat and serve, place on medium heat, stirring occasionally until the dish is heated through.

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