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Braised lamb shanks with chickpeas

Total Time
2 hr 30 min
15 min
2 hr 15 min
Your family will say "shanks" when you serve up this tantalisingly tender slow-cooked lamb dish!


Plain flour

35 g

Lamb shank meat, off the bone, raw

600 g, fat trimmed (Buy 4x 220g)

Olive oil

1 tbs

Brown onion

1 medium, finely chopped


1 large, coarsely chopped


2 stick(s), thinly sliced


2 clove(s), crushed

Salted anchovies in oil, drained

4 medium, finely chopped

Canned diced tomatoes

400 g

Canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 400g can, (400g can)

Fresh flat-leaf parsley

¼ cup(s)


  1. Place flour in a plastic bag. Add lamb shanks and toss to coat. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook lamb, turning, in batches, for 5 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Lightly spray same pan with oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and anchovies and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  3. Return lamb to pan with tomatoes and 2 cups (500ml) water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1½ hours. Add chickpeas and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until sauce has slightly thickened. Serve sprinkled with parsley.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Steamed broccoli, sugar snap peas and yellow patty pan squash, plus creamy polenta. Bring 3 cups (750ml) reduced-salt chicken stock and 1 cup (250ml) skim milk to the boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat and gradually stir in 1 cup (170g) yellow polenta. Cook, stirring, for 6–8 minutes or until thickened. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. TIP: Suitable to freeze (without parsley) for up to 3 months.