Chicken & cider fricassée with parsley croûtes

Chicken & cider fricassée with parsley croûtes

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 20 mins

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Serves 8

Chicken cooked with tarragon and cider makes a quintessentially British, crowd-pleasing casserole

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal836
  • fat52g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre4g
  • protein56g
  • salt2.9g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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

  • 2 whole chickens (1½ kg-2kg each), each jointed into 8 pieces, or 16 bone-in chicken pieces)
  • 300g smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 2 onions, finely chopped



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

  • 2 carrots, finely chopped



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

  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped



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

  • 500g pack chestnut mushroom, quartered
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml bottle dry cider



    Cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. Apple orchards were…

  • 1½ l chicken stock
  • 5 sprigs thyme


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

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 150ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp English mustard
  • small pack tarragon leaves, chopped



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

For the croûtes

  • large pack curly parsley, leaves very finely chopped, stalks reserved for the chicken
  • 100ml olive oil
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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 baguette, sliced into rounds


  1. Heat the oil in your largest flameproof casserole or deep pan. Season the chicken and brown in batches. Transfer to a plate. Reduce the heat and add the bacon to the pan. Fry until golden and crisp, then set aside with the chicken. Add the onions, carrots, and celery to the pan, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Fry over a low heat until soft and starting to brown.

  2. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook for a further 4-5 mins. Stir in the flour until it disappears, then stir in the cider and stock and bring to the boil, scraping any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. At this stage, if you haven’t got enough room to add back all the chicken and bacon, split the sauce between two pans.

  3. Tie the thyme, parsley stalks (from amount used for croûtes) and bay leaves together with kitchen string (in two bunches if you’ve had to split the sauce) and add to the casserole along with the chicken and bacon. Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 1 hr 15 mins until the chicken is tender and coming away from the bone.

  4. Carefully lift out the cooked chicken and cover with foil to keep warm. Discard the herbs. Turn up the heat and simmer the remaining liquid until reduced by about half.

  5. Meanwhile, make the croûtes. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. In a small bowl, mix together the parsley leaves, oil and plenty of salt and pepper. Dip one side of each baguette slice into the mixture to coat, then place, herb-side up, on a baking tray and bake until golden, about 15-20 mins.

  6. Add the cream, mustard and tarragon to the sauce and season to taste. Return the chicken to the casserole and warm through. Serve with the croûtes and your favourite seasonal vegetables.

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koolk_2009's picture
7th Jan, 2016
This was lovely even though I forgot to add cream and tarragon! Will certainly make it again
15th Feb, 2015
This dish was ok,maybe a little on the bland side. Served it with roasted,garlic new potatoes, broccoli and spinach. Would make again, but not in a hurry.
10th Jan, 2015
Make this on a regular basis - change from tomato based sauces. Everyone loves it
30th Mar, 2014
Didn't choose to do the croutons. The rest was delicious and there was none left! Great Mother's Day meal.
29th Mar, 2014
Absolutely lovely....didn't change a thing, didn't need to! Apart from keeping a closer eye on the croutons, they were seriously crispy, but luckily just the right side of burnt!!!
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