Slow cooker chicken casserole

Treat the family to this wholesome chicken casserole that delivers comfort while being low-fat. And you can let a slow cooker do most of the work

Ingredients

  • knob of butter
  • ½ tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp flour
  • 650g boneless, skinless chicken thigh fillets
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g baby new potatoes, halved
  • 2 sticks celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 250g mushrooms, quartered
  • 15g dried porcini mushroom, soaked in 50ml boiling water
  • 500ml stock made with 2 very low salt chicken stock cubes (we used Kallo)
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard, plus extra to serve
  • 2 bay leaves

Method

  1. Heat a knob of butter and ½ tbsp rapeseed or olive oil in a large frying pan, cook 1 finely chopped large onion for 8-10 mins until softened and starting to caramelise.
  2. Meanwhile, put 1 ½ tbsp flour and a little salt and pepper in a bowl and toss 650g boneless, skinless chicken thigh fillets in it.
  3. Add 3 crushed garlic cloves and the chicken to the pan and cook for 4-5 mins more until the chicken is starting to brown.
  4. Transfer to your slow cooker, along with 400g halved baby new potatoes, 2 diced celery sticks, 2 diced carrots, 250g quartered mushrooms, 15g dried and soaked porcini mushrooms with the 50ml soaking liquid, 500ml chicken stock, 2 tsp Dijon mustard and 2 bay leaves.
  5. Give it a good stir. Cook on Low for 7 hours or High for 4 hours.
  6. Remove the bay leaves and serve with a little Dijon mustard on the side.

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