Tuesday 22 November 2016

Chicken and bacon casserole

This recipe is totally the result of a fridge, freezer and cupboard dive. I'd bought a pack of 4 chicken drumsticks at a reduced price but I kept putting them back in the freezer as 4 chicken drumsticks doesn't make much of a meal for 4 people. Without any other chicken to go with it I decided to pair it with something else I found in the freezer – half a pack of smoked cooking bacon. After a look in the fridge I find some cream cheese that needed using up and a selection of veg. Before you know it you've got the base for the perfect one-pot.

Serves 4

Equipment: Ovenproof dish with a lid


1 tbsp (15ml) Oil
4 Chicken drumsticks
12-14oz (350-400g) Smoked bacon
4 Carrots, sliced
1 Large onion, chopped
2 tbsp (30ml) Plain flour
1 tbsp (15ml) Tomato purée
5 tbsp (75ml) White wine vinegar
1¾ pint (1 litre) Chicken stock
2 Bay leaves
4 tbsp (60ml) Cream cheese
Black pepper
4 New potatoes, sliced
2oz (55g) Frozen peas
Fresh parsley and chives (optional)


1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4.
2. On the hob heat the oil in the ovenproof dish and brown the chicken pieces all over. Take out of the dish and put to one side.
3. Cook the bacon for a few minutes in the dish and then add the carrots and onion.
4. Fry until the onion starts to soften.
5. Add the flour and tomato purée and stir in. The add the vinegar.
6. Pour over the stock and bring to the boil.
7. Reduce to a simmer and then add the bay leaves, cream cheese and black pepper.
8. Put the chicken back into the dish along with the potatoes. Stir in so everything is covered by the sauce.
9. Put the lid on the dish and then transfer to the oven.
10. Cook for 30 minutes then give it a stir before cooking for another 20 minutes.
11. Turn off the oven, stir in the peas and put back in the oven for another 3 minutes.
12. Garnish if required with the parsley and chives before serving.

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