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Chicken and Mushroom Casserole with Cider

Once Autumn starts rolling in with it’s chilly weather I instantly start craving hearty, comfort food. This really flavourful casserole fulfils those needs (plus provides the opportunity to drink some extra cider!)

Chicken and Mushroom Casserole with Cider
chicken, mushrooms and thyme
(Adapted from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s “River Cottage Everyday” )
1 chicken, divided into pieces (approximately 1.5kg)
2-3 tablespoons of plain flour
salt and pepper to taste
3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
350 ml dry cider
pat of butter
400 g of mushrooms (any kind you like) cut into large chunks or slices
1 bay leaf
1 large spring of thyme
5 tablespoons of double cream
2 teaspoons of English mustard
1 tablespoon of chopped parsley

Coat the chicken in a dredge of flour, salt and pepper and then shake off the excess. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken in the hot oil and then transfer it to a large casserole dish.

add your cider to the frying pan in order to deglaze it, letting it bubble for a minute or two as you scrap up the bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour it over the chicken and add more cider, if necessary. (The cider should come about halfway up the chicken.)

Heat the butter in another pan and add the mushrooms and gently start to saute them until their juices lightly run. Add them and all the buttery juice from the pan to the chicken.  Add in the bay leaf and the thyme to the chicken, mushrooms and cider and bring them to a gentle simmer. Cook uncovered over low heat for about 1 1/2 hours or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.

Then remove the bay leaf and the thyme. Pour the juices off into a pan, leaving the chicken and the mushrooms in the casserole dish. Whisk the cream and the mustard into the juices and bring that to a simmer. Season if salt and pepper, if needed. Then pout that all back over the chicken and mushroom casserole, bring it back to a simmer. Once it’s simmering again, top it with chopped parsley and it’s ready to serve.

I served it over a bed of creamy mash! Alongside some spinach.
cooking in cream thyme close updished up
Are you ready for some hearty winter warmers yet? 

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  • I am now craving this at 7:51 in the morning. This looks amazing! Fall weather months, count me in.

  • I bet that smells (and tastes) amazing!! Love fall foods!!

    • Fall foods are the best! Although I never really stop eating comfort foods, let’s be honest! x

  • This has my name all over it! I’ll have to give it a try when the hubby is away (can’t get him to eat mushrooms *sad face*)

  • Whenever I plate food it never looks so nice haha. I’m not a mushroom fan but the bf loves them so might have to give this a go (and pick out the mushrooms in mine)

    • Thanks so much Danielle! If you don’t like mushrooms, maybe if you chop them up really small then they won’t bother you as much? x

  • Chicken & mushroom is probably my favourite combination EVER!

  • Major yummms here!

  • Yummy this looks so good! Ty and I would love this so I really want to make it! Can I ask if you use chicken breast or thigh? (It looks like breast in the pictures but just want to check – I have both in the freezer!)

    • I used both breasts and thighs! (I like breasts and Sam like thighs) In the originally recipe, they use any and all bits of the chicken so I think it’s up to your personal preference! If you make it, let me know what you think! x

  • That looks delicious. And I love all your photos. πŸ™‚

  • Yum! I’m so ready for hearty winter food!

  • Yummm!! This is definitely the sort of comfort food I’m craving at the moment. Perfect for when it gets a little chilly πŸ™‚ x

    • It really doesn’t bode well for the winter that I’m craving all these comfort foods already! I haven’t succumbed to the draw of turning on our radiators… yet! x

      • Haha I’m the same at the moment – desperately trying to resist the urge to eat warm comfort foods and turning on the radiators! I’ve been successful so far but I don’t think that’ll be the case much longer! πŸ™‚ x

        • Maybe we spoke too soon! The weather was so lovely today…I’m sure it’s just a trick to lure me into a false sense of warmth-security…. x

          • Haha I was thinking exactly the same thing yesterday and then bam! Wake up this morning and it’s cold and raining again. Typical English weather, I suppose πŸ™‚ x

  • Olivia

    This looks wonderful! What is double cream? What we call heavy cream in the US?

  • Holy hell that looks delicious! It’s already gotten quite grey and chilly here in Berlin – I would love to have this casserole right now πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I wish I could somehow magically share it! Luckily the weather perked up this weekend and was really nice, especially today, but I’m not holding up hope that it will last! x

  • Tasty-looking recipe! The cold outside and a warm home & belly are a lovely combination πŸ™‚

  • Kim

    Oh that looks so good! My mouth is watering over here!
    Love comfort food after a chilly day <3

  • YUMMMM! Can you come live over here and just take over all of the cooking everyday? I promise to pay you in Harry Potter books and trips to the local theatre!! (I know, I know–a super tempting offer!)

    • Luckily for you, I think Harry Potter and theatre trips are not only acceptable forms of payment, but the best forms of payment! How about instead you come over here though? πŸ˜‰ xx

      • Oh my gosh, if I could figure out a way to live in London, I’d be on the next plane over! Until then, I’ll have to live vicariously through your blog!!

  • this sounds so good! I’ve had success subbing in GF flour and almond milk in recipes like this, but I love that it uses cider instead of beer or wine! I doubt I can find fresh thyme… might have to try it with the dried stuff.

    • It must be so hard for you to find recipes that are dietarily appropriate and with ingredients that are readily available! I certainly don’t envy you that task! xx

  • That just looks ridiculous. Now.. what kind of dry cider do you use? I’ve been needing a good Amanda-recipe for awhile now. This looks like it just could be the one….!

    • An alcoholic dry cider – but you could definitely use something like Strongbow in a pinch! (I don’t know what the alcoholic cider selection is like in Canada. Good? Bad? It’s definitely not great in America!) x

  • yum! that looks and sounds so good! Will definitely have to give it a go this winter!

  • Oh my God, this looks divine. I love chicken, mushrooms and cider so I’ll definitely be trying this!

    • Thank you so much! If you do, let me know how it turns out and if there’s anything you’d improve/change! xx

  • That looks absolutely stunning – I LOVE mushrooms.

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  • Em

    Oooh – great share; I’m into mushrooms right now and this looks just perfect!

    • Excellent! I used button mushrooms in this, but you could literally just throw in any combination of your favourites! x

  • Usually your recipes are too complicated for my lazy cooking, but I can totally make this! Pinning for later. Thanks!

    • Hehe, hurray! Well I don’t know what the alcoholic cider selection is like at your local grocery store, but you can definitely use Strongbow! x

  • This looks so yummy! I love mushrooms but my boyfriends hates them which is really annoying! xx

  • Oh gosh, that looks so damn tasty. I think it’s DEFINITELY time for some hearty autumn/winter stews and soups! I can’t wait to crack out the crockpot!

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    • Thank you so much! I really want a crockpot! I’ll be living vicariously through your crockpot recipes! x

  • The traditional foods that one makes in Autumn are my faaaaavourite! Can’t wait to read all your delicious recipes for this season. Also, I’m a very happy professional taste tester as you well know xx

    • Whoop whoop! I wish I could be a professional taste tester as my non acting job… just going around and trying food…hmm- how do I apply for this? x

  • oh YUM! we’re hosting a dinner party on Friday night – this might have to be the star of the table πŸ™‚

    • It is really yummy, my only problem with it was all the brown/cream/grey colous. I needed more vibrancy to help me feel better about it. Not even the mound of spinach I served it with really offset the colour. But that’s just me being a perfectionist. Also I used the Sainsbury’s Own brand of cider, so I didn’t break the bank it terms of cooking alcohol and therefore think you could easily use Strongbow. x