A delicious chicken casserole cooked with sweet dessert apples in a flavoursome, cider and chicken stock sauce
Prep time: 25 mins
Cooking time: 55 mins
Total time: 1 hr 20 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
- 45g (1½oz) butter
- 1.5kg (3lb) chicken, cut into portions, skin removed
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 shallots, peeled
- 3 sticks celery, chopped
- 300ml (½ pint) dry cider
- 300ml (½ pint) chicken stock
- 2 eating apples, quartered, cored and cut into wedges
- 2tsp cornflour
- 5tbs crème fraîche
- 2tbs Dijon mustard
- 2tbs dried tarragon
- Set the oven to gas mark 5 or 190°C.
- Heat 30g (1oz) butter in a large, flameproof casserole dish and add the chicken. Cook over a high heat for 10 mins, until browned all over, turning as needed. Season well.
- Add the shallots and celery, and cook for a few mins. Pour in the cider and chicken stock. Bring to the boil, then cover and cook in the oven for 40 mins. Test the chicken by inserting a sharp knife; it is ready when the juices run clear.
- Meanwhile, heat the rest of the butter in a non-stick frying pan and add the apple wedges. Fry on both sides until lightly browned. Set aside and keep warm.
- Mix the cornflour with 2tbs crème fraîche, to make a smooth paste. Lift out the chicken and keep warm. Add the cornflour mixture, the remaining crème fraîche, mustard and tarragon to the casserole liquid. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 3 mins, until thickened and smooth.
- Serve the chicken topped with the sauce, shallots, celery and pan-fried apple wedges. Serve with crusty bread, if you like. Pack the cooled casserole into a container and freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost before reheating.
Nutritional information per portion
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.