Sunday, 20 November 2011

sunday roast chicken stew with chicken livers

... you must all know by now how much of a lazy cook I am... but you know what its like... you finally get home after a long day at work and all you want is that warm comforting feeling of something lovely on the table... a nice juicy roast chicken perhaps, with all the trimmings and a nice rich gravy... is that too much to ask?

... i've had one of those Sunday's... the morning at work meeting with a lovely couple who plan to get married at Gunby in 2013, followed by planning the next few months, including starting to think about Valentines dinner parties at Gunby Hall... I know, it's not even Christmas and I'm planning Valentines Day!

... we also have thick thick fog over much of the UK today (well, it seems that way from what I read on twitter...) and its the kind of fog that lingers in cold patches over the hills, all at once mystical and eerie together... sometimes the sun breaks through to reveal the folding landscape in front of the cottage or at other times it rolls in in thick layers, back-lit by the sky as if on a theatrical stage set...

... so when I got home, in from the cold, I had a desperate pang for roast chicken... but alas I had missed the supermarket... I did of course have a pack of my trusty chicken thighs in the oven and quite a few of the trimmings to make up a traditional Sunday roast... in a stew... I also had a packet of chicken livers, which I bought frozen and should have gone into the freezer but I totally messed up and miss-placed them... ever done that?... so I have added them in right at the end to create a really rich and luxurious element to the stew... heavenly!

Sunday Roast Stew

4 chicken thighs - on the bone, skin on
1 medium onion - roughly chopped
1 medium celery - roughly chopped
1 carrot - chopped into batons
1 parsnip - chopped into batons
5 chestnut mushrooms - quartered
1 glug or two of white wine
salt and pepper
fresh rosemary and thyme
1 pkt chicken livers - optional

- pre-heat the oven to 180c

- throw all the veg, herbs, olive oil and seasoning into a roasting pan, place the chicken thighs on top, add the wine and a cup of veg stock and roast slowly in the oven for 1 and 1/2 hours, turning the chicken every half hour.

- the veg should sweat and soften at first but will eventually begin to roast and crisp up.Keep another cup of stock handy just in case it's looking dry.

- in the last 10 mins add the chicken livers, they will cook really quickly and you want them to stay a little pink.

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. Perfectly delicious and comforting, on this horrible, foggy day.

  2. It was a beautiful day in Newcastle Dom! Blue sky all the way. Not usual for the grim north, I know. We shallow fried chicken livers last night a la Homesick Texan after trawling round every butcher in town trying to find some. Clearly a popular ingredient this weekend. Your stew is making me hungry, and dinner was only an hour ago!

  3. Don't you find that you often come up with the best recipes when you have to work with what you have? This certainly looks like a lovely stew, just the thing when you are busy and tired.

  4. Seriously warming dish I reckon. It may be foggy but we can always rely on Dom to have a chicken thigh or two handy. Nice thought about adding the chicken livers.

  5. Oh - those chicken livers at the end sound just scrumptious!

  6. I love that you added chicken livers! I'm sure some of myf riends will crigne at the sound of liver, but I love the flavour they add. great warming food for the shitty weather.

  7. A great meal for a cold foggy day, I must try the chicken livers in a stew, never thought of doing that before.

  8. Woke up this morning (in London) - it's still foggy. Read your post. Have chicken thighs . . . check. Frozen chicken livers . . . check . . . winter veg . . . check. Thank you, Dom. That's supper taken care of!

  9. This is a very comforting dish Dom and much quicker than roasting a whole chicken.

  10. This is JUST my kind of meal Dom ~ easy, comforting, warm, quick and innovative, perfect for a rather glum day here! LOVELY photo too......

  11. Sunday roast in a stew? Love it! Never thought of this before. Always have some trusty free-range chicken thighs in the fridge too x

  12. Beautiful Sunday roast Dom. Love chicken thighs, you know me.. and I adore chicken livers too. Delicious!

  13. You are so goos at putting dishes together with all the flavours I happen to love . A real inspiration, thanks for this recipe!

  14. I love love this dish....I'm definitely going to try out this recipe!!!!! well done Dom!!!!

  15. Right. That's it. I'm homeless at the moment, so you had better prepare your guest room as I've decided I'm moving in with you. That looks stun. ning.


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