Pot-braised chicken and barley

Pot-braised chicken and barley
  • Serves icon Serves 4-6
  • Time icon Hands-on time 20 min, oven time 2 1/2 hours, plus resting

Save washing-up with this basic, hearty one-pot chicken recipe.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
560kcals
Fat
15g (5.5 saturated)
Protein
59.5g
Carbohydrates
35.6g (7.9g sugars)
Fibre
4.5g
Salt
0.4g
Calories
560kcals
Fat
15g (5.5 saturated)
Protein
59.5g
Carbohydrates
35.6g (7.9g sugars)
Fibre
4.5g
Salt
0.4g

Ingredients

  • Olive oil for frying
  • 6 banana shallots, quartered
  • 4 medium carrots, thickly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4-5 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 4-5 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 200g pearl barley
  • 300ml dry white wine
  • 1 litre fresh chicken stock
  • 2kg British free-range chicken
  • 200g spinach
  • 80g full-fat crème fraîche
  • Bunch fresh flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • Lemon juice to taste

You’ll also need…

  • A lidded casserole big enough to hold a chicken

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 150°C/130°C fan/gas 2. Heat a glug of oil in a large casserole with a lid and add the shallots and carrots. Fry over a medium heat for 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Season with salt and pepper, then add the garlic, thyme and rosemary. Fry for 2-3 more minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add the barley, wine and stock, then sit the chicken on top. Cover with the lid (if it doesn’t fit, cover with foil). Put the casserole in the oven for 2 hours 15 minutes, then turn up the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7 and remove the lid/foil. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the chicken is golden.
  3. Remove the chicken and leave to rest for 10-15 minutes. Joint the bird if you wish. Stir through the spinach, cover and leave for 3-4 minutes until the spinach has wilted. Remove the lid and add the crème fraîche, parsley and lemon juice to taste. Serve the barley with the chicken.

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