Chicken fricassée with new potatoes & asparagus

Chicken fricassée with new potatoes & asparagus

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Cook: 40 mins Ready in 40 minutes

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Serves 6
Delicious dairy-free casserole with a creamy cider sauce

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal378
  • fat13g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein42g
  • salt1.11g


  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 4 lean smoked back bacon rashers, chopped and rind removed
  • 6 skinless chicken breast fillets
  • 700g new potato, thickly sliced
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

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    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 250g asparagus spear, trimmed and diagonally sliced (keep tips whole)
  • 225ml dry fruity cider (or ½ a can)



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

  • 1 tbsp cornflour, blended with a little water
  • 250ml carton Soya Dream
  • 2 tbsp chopped flatleaf parsley


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then fry the bacon for 5 mins on a medium heat until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the chicken to the pan, then lightly fry for 4-5 mins to brown on both sides (you may need to brown the chicken in two batches if your pan is not large enough).

  2. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in a pan of salted boiling water for 10 mins or until tender. Cook the asparagus in a steamer over the potatoes for 6-8 mins or microwave in a covered dish with 2 tbsp water for 4-5 mins.

  3. Pour the cider over the chicken, bring to the boil then reduce heat. Put the bacon back in the pan and simmer for 10-15 mins until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the cornflour paste until lightly thickened, then add the Soya Dream and season. Stir in the drained vegetables and sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

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29th Aug, 2019
I used to cook dairy free for my daughter when she was really little and am doing so again now. So i was browsing through all the recipes and struggling to find meal ideas that aren't spicy. This is wonderful to have and I think it could be adapted for pork medallions as well. You could also serve with rice rather than having the potatoes in it, which I will be doing mostly. Would love more recipes like this please - that aren't spicy for those who have sensitive tummy's!
29th Mar, 2015
Adapted this a bit because I didn't have any asparagus. Used leeks and red onion instead which were sweet and delicious with the chicken and bacon. Used soya milk instead of soya cream but had reduced the cider right down so it was still a rich, tasty sauce.
13th Jun, 2012
yes good idea to use just the one pan. asparagus can be substituted with very fine frozen whole beans near the end of cooking time, especially if cost is important. This is a lovely light fresh and very easy meal, will be falling back on this as a regular.
3rd Feb, 2012
Delicious! I used creme fraiche & am going to try the mustard & peas next time just for variety but all plates were cleared :-)
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21st Nov, 2011
Delicious! I used a small packet of pancetta half fat fromage frais and 100ml White wine following the recipe. I had all these ingredients which needed using up and it worked a treat.
16th May, 2011
I did the same as Belkey, and used the same pan all the way through the cooking process. I added some sliced broccoli and used creme fraiche. I served garlic bread with it. I will be cooking it again, judging by the empty plates!
7th Sep, 2010
Very successfully halved the recipe to serve 2 (minus the meat - this recipe is easily adapted for veggies). I use 3 or 4 Quorn fillets and 4 slices of Quorn 'facon' - first grilling the latter whole gently, chopping and reserving to add in later, brushing the fillets with a little oil and griddling instead of frying. We don't have dairy issues, so I've used creme fraiche instead of soya and it worked well.
25th May, 2010
Both my husband and I enjoyed this as a midweek meal. I used single cream as neither of us has dairy issues, and although I scaled the recipe down for just the 2 of us, still found that I needed the full amount of liquid as per the recipe (not a huge quantity anyway), fast boiling to reduce the cider a bit during the 10-15 minute boil and simmer time. Served with carrots (as both potatoes and green veg already included in recipe).
4th May, 2010
added single cream rather than soya and bacon to make it more special. wonderful. original recipe is very good though.
18th Aug, 2009
I made this recipe using dairy as I don't need to follow a special diet. I put my sliced potatoes in the pan after I browned the chicken as opposed to using an alternative pan and cooked them in the cider (adding a little more than stated so there was enough liquid). I also added a teaspoon of mustard, some tarragon and peas. I stirred through low fat creme fraiche at the end - it was very popular served with salad and fresh bread.


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