Chicken, pancetta and mushroom casserole

Chicken, pancetta and mushroom casserole

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Serves
4-6
Prep
20 mins
Cooking time
50 mins
Photographer
Gorta Yuuki

Chicken casseroles are the quickest of all, with thigh fillets only taking 30 minutes or so to become deliciously tender.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
oil, for cooking
1 onion, diced
pancetta, diced
600g skinless chicken thigh fillets, diced
2 tablespoons plain flour
250g field mushrooms, sliced
2 carrots, cut into chunks
125ml white wine
250ml tomato puree
500-700ml chicken stock
2-3 sprigs thyme
2-3 bay leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Method

  1. Heat a large heavy-based saucepan over medium–high heat. Add a splash of oil and the onion and cook for 3–4 minutes, or until soft.
  2. Add the pancetta and cook for 3–4 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden brown, stirring often. Add the chicken and cook for 4–5 minutes, or until golden brown. Reduce the heat and add the flour. Cook for 2–3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the mushroom, carrot, wine, tomato purée and enough stock to just cover. Add the thyme and bay leaves, season with the salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover the pan and cook for 30–35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Check the chicken is cooked, and taste for seasoning. Add the parsley and serve with soft polenta or mashed potato.

Variations

  • Chicken, pancetta and mushroom pie

    Any casserole can be turned into a simple pie by cooking the casserole as described and then transferring it into an ovenproof pie dish. Place a sheet of butter puff pastry over the top, brush with egg wash, sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds if you like and bake in a preheated 180°C oven for 20–30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and cooked through.
Tags:
simple
easy
dinner
quick
fast
weeknight
midweek
mid-week
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