Easy Chicken Casserole Recipe

A true winter warmer recipe – a beautiful chicken casserole with mushrooms, thyme and sage. Everyone will smile.

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: Approx. 1 hour Serves: 5-6

Ingredients

  • 6-8 chicken pieces (we love Waitoa free range)
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olivado Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 250g bacon, sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced thickly
  • 1 garlic bulb, sliced in half through the middle
  • 250g Meadows Mushrooms, portobello, sliced thickly
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 ½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (we love Superb Herb)
  • 200g Crème Fraiche
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Canola Oil
  • Small bunch sage
  • Mashed potato to serve

Cooking instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180° degrees Celcius
  2. Dust chicken with seasoned flour.
  3. Heat oil and butter in a large, oven-proof, heavy based pan and cook chicken, turning it as it cooks, until golden (approx. 20 minutes). Set aside.
  4. Add bacon, leek, garlic and mushrooms and sauté, being careful to keep the garlic bulbs intact. Remove the garlic and set aside with the chicken.
  5. Add wine and reduce by half. Add stock and thyme and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes then remove from the heat.
  6. Add crème fraiche and mustard and stir to combine. Nestle chicken and garlic back into to the pan.
  7. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken cooked through.
  8. Heat oil in a small fry pan and fry sage leaves for a minute or until bright and crispy. Drain on a paper towel.
  9. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes and garnish with crispy sage leaves.
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