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Jamie Oliver’s Chicken and Merguez Stew, Beautiful Bay Marinade, Slow-Cooked Onions and Beans

This Tunisian-inspired casserole from Jamie Oliver's 5 Ingredients Mediterranean is a hearty, soothing dish that's packed with flavour. As seen on his Channel 4 series Jamie Cooks the Mediterranean.

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Introduction

This is a really delicious Tunisian-style casserole, using the French cassoulet as inspiration to create massive flavour with hardly any ingredients. Feel free to add a little harissa into the mix, if you like.

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Ingredients

4 onions
5 Merguez sausages (300g)
1 x 1.2kg whole chicken
12 fresh bay leaves
2 x 400g tins of mixed beans

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Method

Peel, halve and roughly slice the onions, then place in a large casserole pan on a medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Squeeze the meat from 1 of the sausages into the pan and fry for 20 minutes, stirring regularly and breaking up the sausage. Meanwhile, carefully cut up the chicken (you’ll need to split the legs into thighs and drumsticks and remove the wings), and cut the breast into quarters (on the bone) – have a go at this yourself, or ask your butcher to do it for you.

Remove the stalks from 8 of the bay leaves, bash the leaves to a mush with a pinch of sea salt in a pestle and mortar, then muddle in 1 tablespoon each of extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar. Rub half of the marinade all over the chicken, getting into all the nooks and crannies. Put a large non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and brown the remaining sausages with the thighs, drumsticks and wings, transferring them to the casserole pan when beautifully golden. Brown the breast skin side down for 3 minutes, then transfer to the casserole pan. Meanwhile, drain one of the tins of beans, then tip both tins into the casserole pan with the rest of the bay leaves. Gently mix together, then turn the heat down to medium-low and cook for 30 minutes with the lid on, or until beautifully tender. Drizzle over the rest of the bay marinade, to serve.

ENERGY 644kcal FAT 23.6g SAT FAT 6.9g PROTEIN 69.4g CARBS 39.1g SUGARS 14.3g SALT 2g FIBRE 10.7

5 Ingredients Mediterranean by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Michael Joseph © Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2023 5 Ingredients Mediterranean). Recipe photography: © David Loftus, 2023.

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From the book: 5 Ingredients Mediterranean

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