Family meals: Chicken & veg casserole

Family meals: Chicken & veg casserole

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

Serves a family of 3-4

A Spanish-style one-pot stew flavoured with paprika and cumin that'll be a hit with children and adults alike

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal320
  • fat17.3g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars14.8g
  • fibre6g
  • protein24g
  • salt1.2g
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Ingredients

  • knob of butter
    Butter

    Butter

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

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

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

  • 2 medium sticks celery, finely chopped
    Celery

    Celery

    sell-er-ee

    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 500g approx chicken thigh
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried thyme

    Thyme

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

  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 red or orange pepper, diced
    Peppers

    Pepper

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    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained (optional)

Method

  1. Heat the butter in a large heavy-based pan. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook gently until softened.

  2. Add the chicken thighs, garlic, spices and thyme. Cook stirring until the chicken is opaque.

  3. Pour in the tomatoes, plus one extra can of water or enough to cover the chicken and vegetables. Add the stock and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 50 mins.

  4. If using, add the chickpeas and cook for a further five mins. Serve with rice. For young children, break the chicken into smaller pieces and serve.

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Cinny
24th Mar, 2016
3.8
Very nice, easy recipe. Added half chilli paprika, half sweet paprika plus a dash of white wine.
chezwellington
15th May, 2015
3.8
Really yummy. I used 4 boned chicken legs (skin removed) and used an extra tin of tomatoes instead of adding water. I added a finely chopped courgette and omitted the chick peas. The carrots were a bit al dente so needed to be sliced more thinly. I simmered with a lid on for the first 50 mins then took the lid off and turned up the heat a bit to reduce the sauce down for the last 10. Very tasty and i'll definitely make again, but with a bit extra spices next time.
chloehodges44
29th Jan, 2014
This was very tasty, omitted chickpeas and added some red lentils, sweet corn and courgette, also put in a bit extra of the spices. Served mixed into rice, both kids (1&4) loved it!
buddy55
17th Sep, 2014
I'm going to make this dish on the weekend and would like to use red lentils instead if chickpeas. Can you tell me how much red lentils you used please?
poppyhrichards
10th Nov, 2013
I loved this. Even better next day. I used green lentils instead of chickpeas just for a change and it worked really well as they helped thicken the tomato juice sauce.
piglet-caroline
27th May, 2013
I used a bit less water as others had recommended this but our whole family enjoyed this. I took some out to blend for our 8 month old (he ate it all up) and then added more spices for the rest of us
obliviruss
14th Mar, 2013
5.05
Really good for a family meal young child enjoyed it and very simple to make.
obliviruss
14th Mar, 2013
5.05
Really good for a family meal young child enjoyed it and very simple to make.
lollybridgeida
17th Feb, 2013
1.05
A little bland but the little man (3yrs) liked it. I've added salt and pepper and a little Worcester sauce into what is left, maybe grated cheese will help too. We'll see tomorrow night.
william127
7th Feb, 2013
5.05
Absolutely gorgeous! I added more chicken and an extra stock cube. I served it over jacket potato with grated cheese on top! Beautiful ! Will definitely make again. Yummy !!

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Janine_swift
4th Aug, 2014
Please can you tell me how to freeze and reheat this recipe?
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