This is such a healthy, fresh one-pot dinner that’s packed full of veg – and if you don’t want to use chicken, you could use any other type of meat, or even fish. And feel free to use whichever veg you like too – It’s entirely up to you.
1 large stick of lemon grass (bang with the back of a knife to bruise and release the flavours)
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic (peeled and bashed, then added whole)
2 pints of vegetable or chicken stock
2 carrots, chopped in to chunks (no need to peel)
2 large leeks, chopped in to chunky pieces
3 courgetttes, chopped in to large chunks
A good handful of green beans, cut in half
1 whole medium chicken
2 cups of frozen peas
Lots of freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste
– serves 4 very large portions, or 6 average –
1. Take a very large, deep casserole pot and throw in the ginger, garlic, lemongrass and all of your chopped veg (minus the peas)
2. Skin the chicken and then carve it so that you’re left with 2 breasts, 2 thighs and 2 drum sticks (you could use the carcass and wings to boil with some water and make up your chicken stock – then pick the bits of meat off for adding to a risotto the next day!)
3. Chop the chicken breasts into big chunky pieces and then add all of the chicken pieces to the pot.
4. Pour over the stock (it will speed things up a little if this goes in hot) and add the black pepper
5. Give everything a good stir, then add the lid to the casserole pot and pop it in the oven, gas mark 6 for 2 hours – giving a little stir every so often.
6. Five minutes before serving, remove the pot from the oven. add the peas and return for the final 5 minutes
7. Remove from the oven, ensure all chicken is cooked through and serve in nice soup bowls
Top tip! Serve with some warm crusty bread to soak up all of the lovely broth at the end