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20th October 2020 by

Posted in Activities, Autumn, Family, Food

Warm and Spicy Pumpkin and Chicken Stew

The nights are drawing in and getting cooler and cosier. This spicy pumpkin and chicken stew is ideal for warming up the chilly autumnal evenings, best enjoyed in a hearty portion in a large bowl!

Serves: 3-4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes


  • 6 chicken thighs and 2 chicken breasts (skinless)
  • A small pumpkin, peeled and deseeded
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 tin of plum or chopped tomatoes
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp hot paprika
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • Small bunch of coriander
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • Vegetable oil or butter
  • Optional: salted butter


Step 1: Cut the pumpkin into quarters, core out the seeds with a spoon, and peel the skin using a vegetable peeler.

Cut the pumpkin into inch sized cubes and cut the chicken into pieces roughly the same size as the pumpkin.

Step 2: Dice the onion and mince the garlic.

Step 3: Heat oil or butter in a large pot (or cauldron!) and sweat the onion and garlic until soft before turning the heat to medium and adding all of the spices. Cook for approximately 1 minute.

Step 4: Add and seal the chicken.

Step 5: Once the chicken is sealed, add the pumpkin to the pot and stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 6: Add the entire tin of tomatoes and use as much chicken stock as needed until all ingredients are covered (you may have chicken stock left over).

Step 7: Bring the pot to a gentle simmer over a low heat and cover with a lid, leaving a small gap for steam to escape. Leave it to hubble and bubble quietly away for 30 minutes.

When cooked the pumpkin should be soft, but not mushy.

Step 8: At this point you can add some knobs of butter to enrich the sauce, or leave it on the lighter side and forego the butter.

Step 9: Once cooked add some roughly chopped coriander and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Enjoy with your carbohydrate of choice; fluffy white rice or rustic chunky bread smeared in oodles of Welsh butter works best!