Hearty Chicken Casserole

This is a rich, and flavoursome casserole that really does warm body and soul on a cold winter's night. Especially when it is served up with a creamy mash to soak up all the delicious gravy.

Hearty Chicken Casserole

By adding the vegetables into the mix it cuts down on the dishes and ups the nutrient value of the meal. You could even swap out one of the carrots for a parsnip, or add in frozen peas and/or corn instead of the shredded leafy greens. It’s best to work with what you like and what you’ve got.

I do not own a slow-cooker, but for those of you that do, I am sure that you can figure out how to make this recipe work in one.

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1kg chicken drumsticks

2 rashers bacon, roughly chopped (optional)

1 onion, peeled and diced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

3 carrots, peeled and sliced

150g mushrooms, roughly chopped

400g tin diced tomatoes

1 cup chicken or vegetable stock

2 cups shredded silverbeet, kale or cabbage

Salt & pepper

1 Tablespoon cornflour plus 1 Tablespoon water

2 Tablespoon parsley, chopped, to garnish (optional)

Method

Heat oil in a large, lidded frying pan (or large pot) place the chicken into pan and brown pieces on all sides. Remove chicken from pan and add bacon, onion, garlic, carrots and mushrooms; sauté for 2 – 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, stock, salt and pepper, and bring to the boil. Return the chicken to the pan, cover, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes, or until juices run clear when chicken is tested. Add the shredded silverbeet, kale or cabbage to the pan and cook for 5 minutes; before mixing together the 1 Tbsp cornflour and 1 Tbsp water to a smooth paste and stirring in to thicken the sauce.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve the chicken drizzled with the thickened sauce and garnished with parsley.