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Sunday 25 February 2024

Chicken and Herb Casserole : So Tasty : A Mary Berry Recipe

Chicken has so many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it can be cooked - make it one of the most popular meats around. It has a high level of good quality protein, as well as B vitamins, iron, copper and selenium.

Today I am sharing an all-in-one chicken dish to cook and serve, which comes from Mary Berry, one of the best-known and respected cookery writers and broadcasters in the UK. She describes her cooking style as 'family' - practical, healthy recipes that incorporate lots of fresh ingredients. 

Have a look at this chicken and herb casserole recipe, and see what you think.

Serves Four
1 pinch each salt and black pepper
250 g dry cured bacon, snipped into small pieces
2 large onions, chopped
8 skinless chicken thighs, bone in
2 tbsp sunflower oil
30 g plain (all-purpose) flour
150 ml hot chicken stock
150 ml dry white wine
2 large sprigs of thyme
1 small bunch of sage, 6 leaves removed for garnish
2 bay leaves
200 g small chestnut mushrooms, quartered
100 g full-fat crème fraîche
1 knob of butter
1 small bunch of parsley, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/315°F/gas mark 3.
2. Place the bacon in a large non-stick ovenproof frying pan or flameproof casserole and fry over a medium heat for a few minutes to render out the fat. Add the onions and continue to fry until the bacon is brown at the edges. Transfer the bacon and onions to a plate using a slotted spoon and set aside.
3. Lightly season the chicken. Place the oil in the unwashed dish, add the chicken and brown over a high heat, turning once. Transfer to the plate with the bacon and onions.
4. Scatter the flour into the dish (adding a little more oil, if needed) and stir to combine. Gradually incorporate the hot stock, whisking, and allow to thicken.
5. Pour in the wine and return the bacon, onions and chicken to the pan. Stir well, add the thyme sprigs, sage sprigs and bay leaves. The sauce will be quite thick at this stage.
6. Bring to the boil, season well with salt and black pepper and cover. Transfer to the oven for 30 minutes.
7. Remove the dish from the oven and add the mushrooms and crème fraîche. Stir well and return to the oven for a further 15–20 minutes, until the chicken is tender.
8. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a small pan over a medium heat. Add the whole sage leaves and fry until crisp.
9. Remove the bay leaves, thyme and sage sprigs from the casserole and discard (some leaves will have fallen off to flavour the casserole). Stir in the parsley and serve with the crisp sage leaves on top.

i) Can be made up to a day ahead. Add the crème fraîche and mushrooms when reheating.
ii) Freezes well.
From an idea seen here

For readers who may prefer a Vegetarian Casserole
Greengrocers Veggie Hotpot - see here

~ enjoy your day ~

You will find a variety of recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e., use your meter. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan


My name is Erika. said...

I think this looks yummy. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Erika

Christine said...

Mary Berry's recipes are so good -Christine

Tom said...

...looks great!

mxtodis123 said...

Yum. I'm a great fan of chicken and can eat it every day although I was told I can only have it twice a week. This is a great recipe. Thanks.

Mari said...

Oooh, this looks really good. I really like Mary Berry.

Angie's Recipes said...

wow that looks so good!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

A new chicken recipe to try out. It looks good.

Lorrie said...

This looks like such a delicious casserole, and I have all of the ingredients on hand to make it! Thank you.

Jules said...

This sounds delicious. Another one to try, seeing as I've started eating chicken again. X

Giorgio said...

I like chicken cooked with fresh ingredients. I know a recipe like that. As you mentioned, it includes also white wine.

Have a nice Sunday ☀️

Stefania said...

Deliziosa questa ricetta

roentare said...

That looks so good to try

Margaret D said...

That looks delicious.

jabblog said...

Very tasty.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Jan,
What a wonderful meal. That looks so great.
It's always a surprise to see what you have made now again.
It looks so tasty and good how you have photograph it. Well done!!

Many greetings,

Donna said...

Printed this out and will be trying it! Thanks! I love Mary Berry!

Valerie-Jael said...

This sounds VERY good! Have a nice Sunday, Valerie

eileeninmd said...

This chicken recipe looks and sounds delicious!
Take care, have a wonderful day and happy new week.

Caroline said...

It's looking delicious. Have a nice day.

kathyinozarks said...

Sounds delicious. We eat allot of chicken here too as well as pork very little beef any more-perhas once a month.
Happy new week

Jeanie said...

This looks terrific. Mary Berry is so great, isn't she?

carol l mckenna said...

You always have great recipes and info ~ thanks,

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

CJ Kennedy said...

The chicken casserole looks wonderful. I'm roasting a whole chicken for Sunday dinner. Nothing special, we just needed room in the freezer. 😺

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

This dish looks delicious. I love chicken.
I only eat chicken and pork.
Hugs and greetings.

Mor Düşler Kitaplığı said...

It looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Have a good week :)

happyone said...

Oh that does look GOOD!!

Louca por porcelana said...

Looks great. Best wishes.

Jenn Jilks said...

That is a hoot! I made something like this yesterday. Such a coincidence. I wish I could have added butter, but hubby...
Well done!

Jenn Jilks said...

P. S. I should have added basil! Silly me...

Creations By Cindy said...

This looks delicious!!!! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Joyful said...

It looks very tasty.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Jan:=)

This looks really scrumptious as all Mary Berry recipes are. Thank you for sharing.

Snowbird said...

Oh, loving the veggie version! Thanks, I'll try

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Mary Berry’s chicken casserole sounds wonderful, Jan. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Have a great week.

Conniecrafter said...

I have watched a few of her specials on PBS over here :)
She always shares interesting stuff!

Debbie said...

yum!! what an awesome chicken recipe. those flowers aren't bad either!!!

Back2OurSmallCorner said...

Mary Berry's recipes are very good and this is no exception. We do enjoy chicken in this house so this recipe will be well used. Thank you for sharing.