Casserole with chicken, mushrooms, chestnuts and saffron

Casserole with chicken, mushrooms, chestnuts and saffron


  1. Heat half the oil in a casserole dish.
  2. Season the chicken and brown all over in the pan. Set aside. Add the remaining oil to the pan and gently fry the shallots for 5 minutes until starting to soften.
  3. Add the garlic and mushrooms and increase the heat. Fry until the mushrooms are golden all over.
  4. Return the chicken to the pan and add the wine, bubble for a minute or two then add the saffron and allow it to soften in the juices.
  5. Pour over the stock and add the chestnuts.
  6. Season and simmer for about 20 minutes to reduce the sauce till lovely and glossy. Add the cream and parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice, stir together and serve.

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Make this when you need some comfort food to keep you going, serve with some crusty bread or a pile of mash


4 tbsp olive oil
6-8 chicken thigh fillets (about 500-600g), cut into pieces
2 banana shallots, finely sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
150g baby chestnut mushrooms, halved
large glass white wine
pinch saffron threads
250ml chicken stock
200g cooked chestnuts, quartered
75ml double cream
handful flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
lemon juice to taste


Time: 15 mins
Serves: 4
Nutrition: n/a