Al’s lemon and celery chicken

What you need
4 organic chicken drumsticks with skin removed.
2 lemons.
2 packs of baby celery.
Large handful of fine beans.
1 sliced leek.
2 cloves crushed garlic.
8 baby plum tomatoes.
Olive oil.
Sea salt and ground black pepper.

What to do

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat the olive oil in a large pan or skillet and add the garlic.
Brown the chicken.
Aff the sliced leeks and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
Squeeze the juice of 1 and a half lemons over the chicken and leek mixture.
Add all four halfs of lemon to the pan.
Chop the tomatoes in half and add them.
Chop the celery and add to the micture.
Cover and cook for 35 mins on a low heat.
The mixture should note require any more liquid but if it does dry out add a small amount of water, wine or stock.
Five minutes before the end, add the beans to boiling water for three minutes, drain and then add to the mixture.

My verdict

The celery and lemon really enhances the chicken flavour and it is surprisingly moist even though the only liquid is created from the vegetables. Perfect with brown rice – or oven chips! (The picture really doesn’t do the dish justice – give it a try).


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