Chicken Casserole

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 200g mushrooms
  • 4 small chicken breasts or thighs (skin removed) - palm size portion for children
  • 500g swede, peeled and cut into chunky dice
  • 500ml chicken or beef stock (can use gravy granules - add 4 teaspoons, 20g)
  • Green vegetables to serve (e.g. broccoli)

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole dish over a medium-high heat. Fry the onions and diced carrots for 5-10 mins until softened. Add the crushed garlic.
  2. Add the chicken to the pan and cook for 5-10 mins. At this point you can choose to safely drain away some of the cooking juices reducing the fat content of the dish. Please be careful when doing so.
  3. Fill a jug with 500ml of boiled water and add the stock or 4 teaspoons of gravy granules and then stir.
  4. Add the stock to the dish and toss in the swede and / or potatoes. Season with black pepper and bring to the boil. Add more gravy granules for a thicker sauce.
  5. Reduce the heat, add the mushrooms, cover with a lid and leave to simmer for 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked. If you want to reduce the liquid a little, remove the lid, turn up the heat, and cook for a further 10-15 mins or until the sauce has thickened.
  6. Serve on plates or in bowls with green vegetables like broccoli, peas, or green beans.

TOP TIPS

  • Make the day before or use a slow cooker to make life easier
  • Make the dish more plant based by halving the meat content and adding more veg.
  • Create a mash topping instead sing celeriac, potato, or swede.
  • If you have any fresh thyme or bay leaves add this to the dish while it is cooking for extra flavour.

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This recipe gives you 2 of your 5-a-day vegetables.

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