Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chicken and Vegetable Casserole

This is a wonderful springtime casserole as it's not as heavy as a winter stew.  Saying this it is still full of flavour and very filling.

I must admit I love using fresh thyme which complemented the chicken, the vegetables and the delicate sauce.  The recipe itself is a little fiddly in the beginning with frying ingredients individually but well worth the effort.  Once all combined and simmering the aroma filled the house with everyone complimenting the smell.  Served with pototaes it was definitely another keeper for a mid week dinner.

Chicken and Vegetable Casserole
(recipe adapted from WW Magazine August 2011)

Serves: 4
ProPoints per serve: 10

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 onions, peeled and quartered
60 grams reduced fat bacon, chopped
4 chicken thigh fillets chops, fat trimmed
2 tablespoon plain flour
2 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups chicken stock
6 fresh thyme sprigs
2 small carrots, cut into 6 lengthways
2 small parsnips, cut into 6 lengthways
150 grams green beans

Heat oil in a large, wide saucepan over medium heat.  Add onons and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove from pan and set aside. 

Add bacon to pan and cook, stirring for 3 minutesd or until browned.  Remove from pan and add to onions.

Add chicken to the pan and cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until browned all over.  Remove chicken from pan and add to onions and bacon.

Sprinkle flour into pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.  Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, for a further 30 seconds.

Remove pan from heat.  Add stock a little at a time, stirring out the floury lumps between each addition.  Bring pan to the boil, stirring, over medium heat.  Return cooked onion, bacon and chicken to pan.  Add thyme.  Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.

Add carrot and parsnip slices, then cover pan and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add beans and cook for a further 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked through.  Serve.

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