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meat and fish | perfect pot chicken

Serves 3-4

By this time, you'll have realised I like nothing better than preparing a delicious meal in one go, then disappearing off to do something completely unrelated, then returning to the applause and accolades as the perfectly balanced and tasty dish is served. This recipe is no exception.

Wheat free, dairy free, nut free version...



  1. Rinse the basmati rice a few times before cooking - this will remove any surface starch and result in lighter, fluffier rice!
  2. Boil the rice in lightly salted water until cooked through (generally around 20 minutes, but check while cooking as times vary).
  3. Drain and stir in the oil, raisins and celery.
  4. Allow to cool.
  5. While you are waiting, pour boiling water over the tomatoes and leave to soak for a few minutes.
  6. Carefully pour away the water and skin the tomatoes - the skins should come off easily.
  7. Loosely spoon the rice into the body cavity of the washed chicken, then place in a large lidded oven pot/ casserole dish.
  8. Arrange the tomatoes, carrots, leeks and onions around the chicken and pour over the wine.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped sage and add a little salt and pepper.
  10. Cover with the pot/casserole lid and cook at 180ºC for 2-3 hours, until cooked through (check after 2 ½ hours)
  11. Serve the chicken with a serving of the rice and the vegetables and ladle over the juices as a sauce.

Maybe serve with...

Its a meal in itself, so needs no accompanyment

For those able to eat dairy ...

The stew could be served with slices of toasted cheese covered bagette slices.

For those able to eat wheat...

Serve with roughly ripped chunks of bread. This is not a dish to serve with delicate slices of bread and butter - you need something more substantial to mop up the juices!

If you have carrot, tomatoes and celery leftover, see Scarlett's secret sauce, pepper paprikash, pork paprikash. If you have carrots and leeks leftover, see the minestrobe soup or sizzling stir-fried beef. If you have mushrooms and tomatoes leftover, see the mushroom and herb provençal and inside out canneloni. If you have leeks leftover, see the leek and potato soup or Tom's fantastic risotto. If you have mushroom, celery, carrots and tomatoes leftover, see the cottage pie. If you have carrots and onion, see the Moroccan-style tagine, Italian beef stew, flat roof cottage pie, mini spicy bean burgers and nude skewers.

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