Brits have faced several rounds of miserable weather this winter, but Mary Berry’s easy-to-make chicken casserole is the perfect dish to keep the entire family warm without spending hours in the kitchen
Stay warm during this wicked winter weather with a hearty casserole that comes together in no time.
The nation’s favourite – Mary Berry – has shared the perfect recipe to feed the whole family and doesn’t require hours slaving away in the kitchen. The celebrity cook says the ‘simple but tasty’ chicken casserole is one you will ‘come back to again and again’ – and it’s easy to see why.
Plus, if you opt for chicken breast instead of thigh – it will knock off 20 minutes from the cooking time. Of course, there is booze in this recipe but don’t worry – the alcohol will burn off during cooking…
Mary Berry’s warming chicken casserole
Ingredients (Serves 4-6)
- Button mushrooms, sliced (400g)
- Chopped tomatoes (400g)
- Plain flour (25g)
- White wine (300ml)
- 8 Chicken thighs on the bone (skin removed)
- 6 smoked streaky bacon rashers, thinly sliced
- 2 onions, thinly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1 tbsp muscovado sugar
- 1 tbsp chopped thyme leaves
- Salt and pepper to season
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- Preheat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius (140C Fan/ Gas Mark 3) then heat one tablespoon of oil in a large casserole dish.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper then add to pan. Brown over high heat for two to three minutes on each side (until golden) and then cover with foil and set aside.
- To the pan, add the bacon and onions and fry until the meat is crispy (should take around three to four minutes). Add the garlic and fry for a further 30 seconds.
- In a bowl, add the flour then pour in the wine little by little and whisk into a paste. Add the mixture to the pan with the tomatoes and sugar – making sure to stir well. Bring to the boil then add the chicken back in and cover with the lid.
- Cook in the oven for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in the pan and fry the mushrooms for 3-4 minutes. When the casserole is done, add the mushrooms and stir in the thyme.
Et voila! A classic winter warmer that you can whip up in less than an hour. This dish goes great with a generous serving of mashed potato and some green veg. The casserole can also be made up to two days ahead and reheated when ready to serve.
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