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Chicken casserole

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
From A Taste of My Life
An easy chicken casserole recipe should be in every cook's little black book - add your favourite vegetables, herbs or a splash of wine.


  1. Place the chicken breasts, roughly chopped onion, carrot, celery, peppercorns and bay leaf into a large pan and add enough water to cover the ingredients.

  2. Bring the mixture slowly to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is completely cooked through.

  3. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Keep warm. Strain the cooking liquid and reserve 450ml/16fl oz of it. Set aside.

  4. Heat half of the butter in a large separate pan and add the flour. Stir over a low heat until the mixture forms a smooth paste that leaves the sides and base of the pan cleanly. Gradually add the reserved cooking liquid, stirring well after each addition, to make a sauce. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  5. Add the broccoli and water chestnuts to the sauce.

  6. In a bowl, mix the egg yolk with the cream and slowly add this mixture to the sauce. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and stir to combine.

  7. Cut the cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces and return to the sauce. Stir well.

  8. In a separate pan, heat the remaining butter and fry the remaining thinly sliced onion until soft and golden-brown.

  9. To serve, sprinkle the onion over the casserole, garnish with parsley and serve with the boiled baby carrots.


For the casserole

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 onions, 1 roughly chopped, 1 thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • water, to cover
  • 55g/2oz butter
  • 30g/1oz plain flour
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small head broccoli, cut into florets and blanched
  • 1 x 225g/8oz tin water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 free-range egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 2-3 tbsp double cream
  • squeeze lemon juice

To serve

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, to serve
  • boiled baby carrots, to serve

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