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Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
Here's a healthy stew that you can make in one pot. For a vegetarian version just leave out the chicken and add another can of chickpeas instead. Quorn pieces are another good alternative, if you can get them.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
- 2 tablespoons harissa
- 25 g plain flour
- 1 liter hot vegetable stock
- 4 tomatoes
- 3 lbs butternut squash, peeled,deseeded and chopped
- 1 (400 g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 250 g spinach leaves
- 1 lime, juiced
- Heat the oil in a large pan.
- Add the chicken and cook over a medium heat until browned all over.
- Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for another few minutes until softened.
- Add the harissa and flour and cook for a couple minutes, then add the stock.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, peel and seed the tomatoes into a sieve, resting on a bowl to catch any juice.
- Roughly chop the tomato flesh.
- Add to the bowl with the juice and set aside.
- When the stew has simmered for 45 minutes, add the squash, chickpeas and tomatoes and their juice to the pot.
- Cover and bring to a boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally for another 20 minutes or until the squash is tender.
- Remove and large stalks from the spinach and tear the larger leaves in half.
- Add to the pan with the lime juice and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Season well with salt and pepper.
- Serve with a nice, crusty bread to mop up the juices.
Oh, this was so wonderful. The combination of ingredients produced a well seasoned and spicy delicious stew. Perfect for fall. The smell was as good as the taste. Thanks, SG. Will take the left-overs for lunch.
The stew turned out great but the prep time was way longer then I expected. Not a good dish to prepare on a week night (I thought I could throw it all together and let it simmer but it was more involved than that), but for a Saturday or Sunday meal when you have more time it is great! Perfect blend of spices and healthy veggies, and tons of leftovers that get better as they marinate in the fridge. Thanks, I will be making this again!