Chicken & Tarragon Casserole

Summary: 
Serves 4 • Preparation time: 20 minutes • Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Ingredients: 

6–8 chicken thighs, depending on their size

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 stick of celery, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 clove of garlic, crushed

750ml chicken stock

1 bay leaf

1 small bunch of fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon

1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into squares

1 small cabbage, trimmed and cut into quarters through the root

1 tablespoon crème fraîche

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cost per portion: 
£1.76
Preparation: 
  1. First heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4
  2. With the help of a parent, carefully trim any excess fat off the chicken thighs using a knife. In a heavy-based casserole, heat the olive oil on a medium heat.  Brown the chicken thighs in batches on both sides, then remove and set aside
  3. Now turn down the heat and cook the onion, celery and carrot until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes before adding a dash of the stock. As it bubbles up, make sure you scrape up any sticky cooking residues off the bottom of the casserole
  4. Return the chicken to the pan, along with the herbs, red pepper and cabbage. Pour in enough stock to cover the chicken, season with salt and pepper, then put the lid on the casserole and bake in the oven for about an hour
  5. Take the casserole out of the oven and place it on the hob. Remove the chicken, the cabbage and the red peppers to a plate and reduce the cooking liquid by half, boiling hard for about 3–4 minutes. Then turn down the heat and stir in the crème fraîche and the mustard
  6. Finally, whizz the sauce with an immersion blender for an extra silky finish. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Return the chicken, cabbage and peppers to the pan to coat them with the sauce and then plate up immediately

TIP:

  • Why not serve this with new potatoes or some wide flat noodles
Age range: 
Ages 9 to 12
Chicken & Tarragon Casserole