Even if you do not like figs, this chicken is melt in your mouth and delicious. Cooking the chicken slow makes it so succulent and juicy - well worth the time.
By the time they are cooked 1½ hours, they no longer taste like figs anyway, but this dish has the most delicious flavour, and with plenty of gravy, making it ideal to serve with boiled potatoes to lap up this gravy. You could also take out some of the gravy and cook some rice in it as there is a lot of gravy.
Thanks! Yes, soak the dried ones overnight before you use them, then drain and use them - will be OK.
Yes they are so expensive, I actually found all these growing wild in a spot where there are perhaps 30 trees!