Chicken casserole

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  • Serves: 6

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  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • 5 a day portion1
  • Child friendly
  • Freezable
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Chicken casserole recipe is a hearty, family meal made with all the joints of chicken and plenty of vegetables. Its comfort food packed with veg like mushrooms, carrot, onion and celery, so it can really help you and your family up your 5-a-day intake. This chicken casserole is also a great way to get your kids eating more veg as they're mixed in with the chicken and make a tasty dinner! This easy chicken casserole only takes 1hr and 15 mins to cook and will serve up to 6 people. This casserole recipe would be perfect served with boiled or jacket potatoes, or rice. You can use all different cuts of chicken in this recipe try chicken breast meat, thighs or drumsticks. If you have any leftovers, make sure you store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Use within 2 days and thoroughly reheat in the microwave or oven before serving again. It will taste just as delicious so this a great dish to make on a Sunday evening and keep for your lunches during the week it will save you so much time and money! This chicken casserole is also a filling and nutritious meal that can fit in your diet. A portion of this delicious casserole works out at only 390 calories per serving and 13g of fat perfect if youre trying to she pounds in a healthy way!

If you're cooking your chicken casserole with wine, try to use the same wine as the one you're drinking.


  • 1 large 2kg (4 lb) chicken, jointed into 8 pieces
  • 100g (4oz) streaky bacon, chopped
  • 25g (1oz) soft butter, plus extra for the sauce
  • 200g (8oz) small onions or shallots, whole and peeled
  • 150g (5oz) button mushrooms
  • 2 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 stick celery, cut into chunks
  • Bouquet garni (bay leaf, thyme, parsley stalks, black peppercorns)
  • 500ml (18fl oz) chicken stock
  • 300ml ( pt) white wine
  • 25g (1oz) plain flour
  • 2tbsp double cream

Chicken casserole recipe garnish

  • Chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large cast-iron casserole or frying pan, heat a little oil and brown the chicken pieces all over, then transfer to a plate (you may need to do this in batches). Brown the bacon and put on the plate with the chicken. Add a knob of butter to the oil in the casserole and gently brown the onions and mushrooms, before adding the chicken and bacon back into the casserole.
  2. Add the carrot, celery, bouquet garni, chicken stock and wine to the chicken and season well. Cover and transfer to a preheated oven at 170C (325F, gas mark 3) for 30-40 mins.
  3. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken and vegetables to a large dish and keep warm. Mix the flour and butter together to form a paste (called a beurre manie).
  4. Bring the sauce in the casserole to the boil and add a small amount of the beurre manie to it, whisking continuously until dissolved. The mixture should begin to thicken. Add the rest of the beurre manie a little at a time until you have reached the desired thickness (you may not need all of it).
  5. Stir in the double cream, then pour over the chicken and sprinkle with some chopped parsley.

Nutritional information per portion

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  • Calories 390(kcal)
  • Fat 13.0g
  • Saturates 6.0g
  • Sugars 4.5g
  • Salt 1.4g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Chas Dart

O. K. Just stop being a pedant for a minute, and cut the chicken into 8 pieces. FYI, I tried 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs, 2 wings 2 breasts and 4 “other bits” for stock. Hope this helps.


Funnily enough, leaving out an ingredient can make a big change to the taste! It would help if people who have experience of a recipe, and, perhaps, of changing a recipe, could add HELPFUL hints, rather than being sarcastic!


Wow!! I'll just bet you're a fun person to know!! Abuse to someone you've never met, and probably never will!!


Did you read the comment, within the recipe, about 'leftovers'?

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Because there are people in the world that HATE garlic - Especially when you smell it coming out of someone's skin, armpits, crotch and breath! It's offensive - So go shove your garlic where the sun don't shine - Either hole!

June Howley

I would have given this a five start but it stopped at two! really nice, I didn't have cream and didn't think it needed it to be honest. Lovely casserole.


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I made this with Chicken thighs (Skin on and bone in) instead of jointing a chicken. Really really good! It made 6 portions - as it is just me and my wife we had it one night and then a couple of days later reheated from the fridge (I had put double portions into foil containers - chilled one container and have frozen the other one). I reheated for 30 minutes at 220 and it was fine, piping hot all the way through. If anything the sauce had an even better flavour after reheating. I haven't tried the frozen one yet but I will defrost overnight and then reheat in the same way. A quick point to those that don't like the advertising - a number of options, turn off the sound or perhaps immediatly click on "print recipe" - then read the recipe from that. Totally recommend this!!! John

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I have just joined in, and have seen some recipes, too early to say any thing, I will try first.

Kim White

Made it and everyone lover it . My partner is a french chef and ge devoured it

Jacqui Carter

Agree wholeheartedly. I won't be back!

John Kirk

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Can the leftovers be frozen?


Anyone know if I cook it today can I reheat tomorrow? Thank you


How did you manage to joint a chicken into 8 pieces when there is only 6 joints on a chichen?


Because cream is nice in the recipe and surely people who are lactose intolerant are more than capable of leaving it out and substituting with something else.

Kirsty April Holman

This was a gorgeous recipe I made it with pheasant instead of chicken it went down very well with the family


This was pretty tasty... The casserole gravy/sauce was wonderful with the white wine flavours. I was worried it would be a little thin even with the beurre manie but it worked well and there is even some left over to make a creamy soup (adding shredded chicken breast and some more mushrooms) or for a chicken and rice style dinner acting as a gravy... would definitely recommend this.


This is a really easy dish to make. I find leaving the lid off for the last 30 mins, leaves the chicken nice and crispy

Jolene goodtoknow Editor

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Hi jayprime, Feel free to adapt this recipe and add in a clove of crushed garlic when you're browning the onions and mushrooms. The juices from the chicken make this quite a creamy recipe already so you only need a very small amount of double cream. Dairy-free will do just as well. And hi to John! We have some slow-cooked meal ideas here: but if you want to try out this chicken casserole in your slow cooker, it would work very well. At stage two add everything to your slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until the chicken is tender. Then continue with the recipe as before. Good luck!


What! No garlic? And what is the point of two tablespoons of double cream? For those of us unable to deal with dairy products, might as well forget the double cream and use some soya milk or goats milk instead. And maybe use some dairy free Pure instead of butter.

john sexton

Please are there any recipes for slow cooker use thank you

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