Tana Ramsay's lemon chicken stew recipe

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  • healthy
Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time1 hours 10 mins

Once the chopping's done, it's ready in an hour. Great for a informal, stress-free Saturday lunch to serve with brown rice and crunchy salad.


  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced to same size as the onion
  • 2 sticks of celery, diced to same size as the onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 400ml/14fl oz chicken stock
  • 1 red chilli, left whole
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 400g tin of cannellini beans, drained through a sieve and then rinsed
  • 20g pack each of fresh flat-leaf parsley and coriander, leaves roughly chopped
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • Salt and black pepper




  1. Warm the oil in a large enamel casserole dish with a tight-fitting lid on a medium heat and gently brown the chicken pieces on all sides, skin side first. When they are a rich golden colour, remove and put to one side.
  2. Add the onion, carrots and celery and fry in the oil until just beginning to soften. Add the garlic and stir for a further minute, then return the chicken pieces to the casserole.
  3. Pour in the tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil. Pop the whole chilli and bay leaves into the casserole and, using a spoon, push them under the surface of the liquid. Season with salt and pepper. Put on the lid, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 mins. Stir in the cannellini beans, replace the lid and cook for a further 20 mins.
  4. When the cooking time is up, stir in the chopped parsley and coriander, the lemon zest and lemon juice. Serve immediately in warm flat bowls.
Top Tip for making Tana Ramsay's lemon chicken stew

This recipe is for four people, but you can easily double up the ingredients to make in bulk.

Tana Ramsay is married to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, but he isn’t the only successful cook in the family – Tana also has her own range of best-selling cookery books.   Tana, whose first name is Cayetany, was born in Croydon, and started life as a Montessori trained teacher.   She married Gordon in 1996, when she was just 21 years old, and the pair now have five children; Megan, Matilda, twins Jack and Holly, and Oscar.   Her cookbooks include Tana Ramsay’s Family Kitchen, Tana Ramsay’s Real Family food, Homemade and Tana Ramsay’s Kitchen Secrets.   Alongside being a mum, wife, TV personality and author, Tana also owns her own Battersea based beauty salon offering beauty, hair and alternative therapy treatments.   Tana is involved in a huge amount of charity work mainly with The Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation who work in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital to raise vital funds for sick and seriously ill children.   In 2010, Tana starred in season five of ITV’s Dancing on Ice and was partnered with professional skater Stuart Widdall, making it through until the fourth week of the competition.   If you’re looking for lots of quick and easy family recipes, take a look at our Tana Ramsay recipe collection. (opens in new tab)