Cider-braised chicken stew

4 servings Prep: 20 mins, Cooking: 1 hr
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A hearty chicken, veg and barley stew cooked in cider – perfect for snuggling up with during the cooler weather.

By Food24 May 30 2019
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Ingredients (15)

200 g bacon — streaky, chopped
8 drumsticks — seasoned
60 ml flour — cake
1 onion — medium, chopped
30 ml wholegrain mustard
15 ml sugar
3 garlic — cloves, finely chopped
10 baby potatoes — halved
12 baby carrots
125 ml pearl barley
500 ml stock — chicken
500 ml cider
45 ml basil — finely chopped plus extra to serve
salt and freshly ground black pepper
125 ml sour cream
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For the stew, heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and fry, 5 minutes.

Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon.Dip the drumsticks in the flour and shake off the excess.

Add the chicken to the pot with the fat left over from frying the bacon and fry, 5 minutes per side.

Add the onions and fry, 2 minutes.

Add the mustard, sugar, garlic, baby potatoes, baby carrots, barley, stock and cider and simmer, 30 minutes.

Stir in the basil and season it to taste.Serve each portion topped with a dollop of sour cream.


The drumsticks can easily be replaced with chicken thighs, if dark meat is preferred.

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