One-pot chicken chasseur

One-pot chicken chasseur

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


Serves 4
This French bistro classic is easy to make at home and fabulous with creamy mash or crusty bread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal439
  • fat28g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein35g
  • salt1.11g
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  • 1 tsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 25g butter



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

  • 4 chicken leg
  • 1 onion, chopped



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

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 200g pack small button or chestnut mushroom



    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • 225ml red wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 thyme sprigs


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

  • 500ml chicken stock

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  1. Heat the oil and half the butter in a large lidded casserole. Season the chicken, then fry for about 5 mins on each side until golden brown. Remove and set aside.

  2. Melt the rest of the butter in the pan. Add the onion, then fry for about 5 mins until soft. Add garlic, cook for about 1 min, add the mushrooms, cook for 2 mins, then add the wine. Stir in the tomato purée, let the liquid bubble and reduce for about 5 mins, then stir in the thyme and pour over the stock. Slip the chicken back into the pan, then cover and simmer on a low heat for about 1 hr until the chicken is very tender.

  3. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep warm. Rapidly boil down the sauce for 10 mins or so until it is syrupy and the flavour has concentrated. Put the chicken legs back into the sauce and serve.

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Comments (392)

Míse Kate's picture

Nice :)

HV1's picture

Absolutely wonderful dish, thank you James. The olive oil and the quantity of butter is just right, authentic, the French would never use anything else or change the quantities. So simple and easy to make, great to make the night before to infuse the flavours. Served with creamy, buttery mash and French green beans.

bluematrix's picture

Oh wow love this recipe, chicken fell of the bone, I used chicken breast on the bone, the recipe was easy to follow, whole family loved it

special_k's picture

Husband made this tonight, what a treat after a tiring shift at work. It was so tasty, apparently it thickened up lovely so he didn't need to add any thickening agents i.e. Cornflour. The sauce element I reckon would be great used with steak & veg so we are going to do this again & have steak instead of chicken in this pot.

Shirley Valentine's picture

Made this exactly as stated (unusual for me as I generally tweak a recipe slightly without deviating too much from the original) and it was absolutely delicious. I did however, cook it in the oven rather than on the hob as I made it in a wide, shallow cast iron pot (which I felt would cook more evenly in the oven), before reducing the sauce on the stove. The sauce was rich and very flavoursome while the chicken fell off the bone it was so tender. Served with mash and seasonal veg. A hit all round with the family and I will definitely be making it again soon. Highly recommend this recipe.

Nessa79's picture

Delicious. I stuck to the recipe and it went down very well. Tastes expensive!

Kiran6's picture

Absolutely fabulous dish! Easy to make and more importantly tasted delicious. I added carrots with the mushrooms and flour, like another user, to thicken the sauce quicker. Will be making again!

crumblymelons's picture

An easy dish to cook and so delicious! I served it with potato mash and lightly steamed green beans. I was very impressed and will certainly be making it again!

eniolah's picture

Really good recipe, followed it except I cooked it for about 45 minutes and then reduced for 10 minutes. Tasted amazing! Will definitely be making this again!

donnadrew's picture

I made this for my bosses, and it was such a hit, I was asked to make double the quantity for their friends two days later! The only changes I made was to add a sliced carrot per person at the start with the onions, and stirred in a couple of teaspoons of flour just after the mushrooms, before the liquid, to help thicken the sauce. Once finished, pop it in the oven on low, until you are ready to eat. Definately one to have up your sleeve for easy entertaining.

nanapatsy's picture

Thank you, lovely recipe, really delicious :)
I used chicken thighs, but only because I had them in, will definitely try with legs next time, x

abbyrees's picture

Really tasty, followed the recipe, but used 'light' red wine to reduce calories and still tasted great. Chicken stayed moist, however, I only cooked for 45mins then reduced sauce for 10mins - perferct.

ninalor's picture

Loved this recipe!

grannytracey's picture

i "kind of" followed this ! i used 4 x large chicken breasts each cut into 3. browned onions/lardons then added m'rooms til golden. browned chicken then all back in the wok with red wine/stock. used 1 x bay leaf and a sprinkle of oregano ... and it's smelling lovely ! and the 1st "taste" is pretty good too ... thanks Good Food Mag !!!

cheungy's picture

This was nice, although I didn't really follow the recipe too closely due to what they had in stock. I used 5 branches of Rosemary instead of Thyme, forgot to get mushrooms, so just used some canellini and butter beans instead, and used 4 tablespoons of tomato puree rather than 2. Also used about 10 chicken breasts and drumsticks since no legs in supermarket!

katrina4081's picture

Just lovely. I forgot to get thyme so used one of those Bouquet Garni tea-bags. Nice.

wellonheels's picture

I made this exactly as the recipe said and it was fabulous. Normally I have to tweak things after making them once, but this recipe is perfectly spot-on. My husband loved it, my in-laws loved it, and I loved it! I'm making it again later this week. The recipe is definitely a keeper, exactly as posted.

bryandeg's picture

First class, 'does exactly what is says on the tin"

webster1963's picture

The sauce was passable but the chicken awfully dry. I teaspoon of oil just isn't enough and I had to keep adding more. The chicken kept sticking to the bottom because it was so dry. I can't believe all the high marks. I notice some people changing things, maybe that's the only way to get high marks. I thought these recipes were supposed to be tested.

ninalor's picture

Did you forget the butter?


Questions (6)

Shirley Valentine's picture

Is it possible to cook this up until the end of step 2 then refrigerate overnight before finishing off the next day, or will the chicken dry out too much once reheated?

wendygal's picture

Do you leave skin on chicken?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi wendygal, thanks for your question. Yes for this recipe please do leave the skin on the chicken legs as it will provide lots of great flavour to the dish. Do let us know how you get on. 

wendygal's picture

thanks ... still haven't tried it, but i will in the coming weeks :)

steveinthecity's picture

If you are going to eat chicken skin, it should be crisp and tasty (in my opinion), like when you cook traditionally roasted legs or thighs. In this recipe the skin just goes limp (even with careful browning), has no flavour and takes on a horrid colour. This is a favourite recipe of mine, and I have tried it both ways. I think skin off is far better.

HV1's picture

This recipe definitely needs the chicken skin on, as recommended. You can always take it off afterwards, if you do not wish to digest it. It adds to the required authentic flavour, the French would always have the skin on.

Tips (3)

special_k's picture

Make sure to have some crusty fresh bread near by as you won't resist mopping up the leftover sauce out the pan!

adamhancock's picture

i made this tonight, I followed the recipe apart for one thing, I purchased honey and mustard sausages and pork and leek sausages from the butchers. I cooked them first and then i sliced them up and put them in the casserole dish just before i covered it and let it cook for an hour. It was sensational, the sausages really soaked up the red wine sauce, would highly recommend to anybody.

HV1's picture

It is not really chicken chasseur then is it. LOL more like sausage casserole. :-)

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