I’ve been in one of those moods today where I need cosy blankets, cuddles and comfort food. As I’m desperately trying to eat a little cleaner, I decided to cook my mums chicken casserole recipe rather than reach for the nearest bag of biscuits and call that dinner. I’m pretty sure most chicken casseroles are the same but I only ever ate my mumma’s and she always made it me when I had a cold or needed that little cuddle on the inside.
Can we just point out that this recipe is for around three to four people, just add or adjust depending on how many people you’re cooking for. Or if like me, make enough for fifty then freeze and defrost when you’re in need of a quick, hearty, home cooked meal.
The amount I’m putting in the recipe for this post is for two to three people depending on how much you eat.
2 chicken breasts
2 small/medium carrots
1 small butternut squash
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 can of butter beans
1 can of chicken soup (baxters is best)
1 packet of chicken casserole powder mix
1 packet of dumpling mix
- Heat olive oil in a pan on medium heat and add chicken breasts cut into chunks. Then chop parsnips, carrots, squash and leeks into large bite sized chunks and add to the pan once the chicken has sealed (gone white). Add salt and pepper.
- In a casserole dish, mix the chicken casserole powder mix with water (the amount should be on the packet) and place on heat. Add the chicken and veg and some more water if needed, let it simmer on a medium heat until the veggies have softened.
- In a separate bowl, mix the dumpling mix with some water and roll around six equal sized balls and leave to one side.
- Drain butter beans and add to the casserole dish along with one tin of chicken soup.
- Turn the heat right down and add the dumplings on top of the casserole giving each one plenty of space to grow
- Make sure the lid of the dish is on fully to let the steam cook them and “make them grow into soft fluffy balls”. Let them cook for twenty minutes.
- After the twenty minutes is up, lift lid and smell the deliciousness, serve and feel 100% more cosy and warm.
I understand that the pictures may not be great and that this may not look very appealing because it’s kinda grey brown colour. BUT GUYS… seriously you need to try this. It’s such a heartwarming autumnal dish and is great for when you need a bit of a boost. You could even add in more veggies like potatoes and peas – even pumpkin!
I went straight to Tesco from work today to get the ingredients for this because I was dying for something so yum. I even spent a ridiculous amount on this new cast iron casserole dish, that’s how much I needed this meal!
Do you have a favourite comfort food? Or even any autumn recipes to try?
Let me know if you give this a go!