Chicken casserole with herby dumplings

Chicken casserole with herby dumplings

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins


Serves 6
Bypass the suet and make lighter dumplings for this family-friendly one-pot stew

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze without dumplings

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal744
  • fat38.3g
  • saturates17.3g
  • carbs43.9g
  • sugars6.6g
  • fibre4.3g
  • protein34.9g
  • salt3g
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  • 12 skinless chicken pieces - a mixture of thighs and drumsticks on the bone, and halved chicken breasts



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 2 onion, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 carrot, diced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 200g bacon lardon, smoked or unsmoked, or streaky rashers, snipped
  • 3 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • bottle of cheap red wine
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 chicken stock cube

For the herby dumplings

  • 140g cold butter, diced



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp chopped mixed herb - try parsley, thyme and sage or chives


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Toss the chicken pieces with the flour and some salt and pepper, to coat them – it’s easy to do this in a plastic food bag.

  2. Heat the oil in a casserole with a lid. Brown the chicken pieces well on all sides – you’ll need to do this in batches. Remove all the pieces to a plate, and tip the onions, carrot, lardons, bay and thyme into the pan. Cook gently for 10 mins until the onion is softened.

  3. Return the chicken pieces, with any juices that have collected on the plate. Then pour in the red wine and tomato paste and crumble in the stock cube. Add a splash of water if you need, until the chicken is almost covered. Bring to the boil, then cover with a lid and bake in the oven for 20 mins. Remove the lid and bake for another 10 mins while you make the dumplings.

  4. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until it feels like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the herbs with ½ tsp salt and some pepper. Drizzle over 150ml water, and stir in quickly with a cutlery knife to form a light dough. Use floured hands to shape into ping pong sized balls.

  5. Place the dumplings on top of the stew and bake for 20 mins more until the dumplings are cooked through.

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Comments (29)

chrisnation's picture

Yes. I have a beefy version of this in the oven Instead of wine or water, I use a honeyed ale, then cut the sweetness back a bit with a tbsp of Dijon mustard. Tried a piece of beef just now - fab, really tender, as you'd expect from 3 1/2 hrs @ 150ºC. I chuck in button mushrooms, stalks out, 10 mins before dishing up. They soak up gravy nicely. Altogether a winner.

suebri53's picture

What a lovely dish tasty, easy and real comfort food.

jdwillow26's picture

Really enjoyed this, was my first attempt at dumplings and I loved them. Will be making this again.

heatherlamb1's picture

Always trying to find easy chicken dishes to make for the whole family. This one was really easy and pleased everyone (including two fussy teenagers). Planning to do this as a dinner dish for guests it was so foolproof. Delicious.

shonar0612's picture

Thanks- i did indeed use the whole bottle and must say I was a bit dubious about how it would turn out but it was very very nice!

alisondavey's picture

Shonar0612 - You use the whole bottle!! Mmmmmmm.....

shonareyno's picture

Anyone know how much wine?

jennisalkeld's picture

Very tasty!

petherick's picture

Easy and delicious - my husband and I loved it and I'll certainly make it again for us and when we have friends round - yum!


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