Make Honey & Co.'s chicken in plums and spice

Winner winner, chicken (and plum) dinner. Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich's one-pot dish is a sure-fire winner for a seasonal mid-week meal

Honey & Co.'s chicken in plums and spice

Serves 3

Preparation time 10 mins

Cooking time 40 mins

"You can cook this dish as often as you like between mid-August and the end of October with a different variety of plums every time," say Sarit and Itamar. "Greengages are lovely in it, as are sweet mirabelles and spicy damsons… The results will be slightly different but always delicious." What's more, the recipe is an easy mix-and-bake number, and makes for great leftovers.


  • 6–8 skin-on chicken thighs

For the marinade

  • 2 plums, quartered and stones removed
  • 1 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp whole fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the roasting tray

  • 2–3 celery sticks, cut into 5cm pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 6-8 plums, quartered and stones removed
  • 1 tbsp demerara sugar
  • A few sprigs of tarragon, to garnish
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Make the marinade by blitzing everything together in a food processor until you have a super-smooth purée.
  2. Pour the marinade over the chicken thighs and mix well to make sure they are evenly coated. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate: a couple of hours will do the trick but try to leave it for up to 24 hours.
  3. Heat your oven to 220°C/200°C fan. Place the celery, onion, garlic and half the plum quarters in a large roasting tray.
  4. Top with the chicken thighs, skin-side up, and pour any remaining marinade over the chicken. Season with some salt and pepper.
  5. Roast for 20 minutes, then remove the tray and baste everything well with the juices that have formed at the bottom.
  6. Reduce the temperature to 200°C/180°C fan and return the chicken to the oven for a further 10 minutes.
  7. Add the remaining plum quarters to the tray. Sprinkle with the sugar and roast for a final 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, baste again and garnish with the tarragon.

From At Home: Middle Eastern Recipes from our Kitchen by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich; photograph by Patricia Niven. Published by Pavilion Books.