Chicken Casserole with Winter Vegetables


Chicken Casserole with Winter Vegetables

Prep Time ~ 25 minutes Cooking Time ~ 70 minutes
Approx Cost ~ £8 Difficulty ~ Easy
Freeze ~ Yes Serves ~ 4

Tips ~ Use dried Puy lentils for this dish as they do not require pre-soaking and have a lovely fresh peppery taste.

Ingredients

350g / 12oz shallots, peeled

350g / 12oz leeks, washed and thickly sliced

225g / 8oz carrots, peeled and sliced

450g / 1lb swede, peeled and cut into chunks

30ml / 2tbsp olive oil

4 chicken portions, about 900g / 2lb total weight

115g / 4oz green lentils

475g / 16floz chicken stock

300ml / ½ pint apple juice

10ml / 1 tbsp cornflour

45ml / 3 tbsp crème fraiche

10ml / 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard

30ml / 2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon

Salt and pepper

Fresh tarragon sprigs to garnish

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