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Summery chicken and pancetta stew recipe

Summery chicken and pancetta stew recipe

37 ratings

Cooked in a zesty yogurt and tarragon sauce, this succulent chicken casserole is bursting with fresh veggies and smoky pancetta, perfect for a long al fresco evening. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 35 mins to cook
  • 502 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 x 750g pack Willow Farms chicken drumsticks
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 celery stick, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 65g smoked pancetta cubes
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 100g frozen peas
  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • ½ x 30g pack mint, finely chopped
  • ½ x 30g pack fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • crusty bread, to serve (optional)
If you don't have these beans, you can use any tinned bean in water

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    34g 49%
  • Saturates

    11g 56%
  • Sugars

    5g 6%
  • Salt

    2g 33%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 16.6g Protein 32.2g Fibre 6.2g


  1. Heat half the oil in a casserole or large lidded pan set over a medium-high heat. Season the chicken and add to the casserole or pan. Sear for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden. Remove and set aside until needed.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the casserole or pan. Add the onion and celery with a pinch of salt. Cook for 5 minutes, or until softened.
  3. Stir in the garlic and pancetta and cook for a further 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  4. Return the chicken to the casserole or pan and pour over the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, loosely cover and leave to simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the peas and beans and cook for a further 3 minutes. Add the yogurt, lemon zest and juice, and herbs, and stir until everything is heated through. Serve with crusty bread for mopping up the juices, if you like.

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 1-3 months. 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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