Chicken Casserole Recipe

Healthy Main Meals for Toddlers and Kids

A chicken casserole can be assembled quickly, popped into the oven, then forgotten while you do something else. It is easily adapted for babies.

4-6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken quarters or breasts
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 leeks, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3-4 turnips, cut into 2.5 cm (1 inch) chunks
  • 2 tablespoons small red lentils
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mixed herbs such as parsley, oregano and thyme
  • 1 liter (1 3/4 pints) homemade chicken stock or water
  • black pepper
  • 75 ml (3 fl oz) single cream or creme fraiche (optional)

How to Prepare Chicken Casserole for Toddlers?

  1. Toss the chicken pieces in the flour to coat evenly, shaking off the excess.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy-based casserole, add the leeks and carrots, and cook gently for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Add the chicken pieces and garlic to the casserole and cook for 8-10 minutes, turn the chicken occasionally to brown on all sides.
  4. Add the turnips, lentils, herbs and pepper, then return the sauteed vegetables to the casserole. Pour in the chicken stock or water and bring to the boil.
  5. Cover the casserole and cook in a preheated oven at 180C (350F), Gas Mark 4 for 1 1/4 hours. Remove from the oven and stir in the cream or creme fraiche, if using.
  6. Serve accompanied by boiled rice (preferably brown), or steamed or baked sweet potatoes, and peas.

Tips for Making Healthy Main Meals:

  • This dish freezes well, so you could make double and freeze half for another occasion.

Recipe Adaptation for Babies Under-Ones

  • 6-12 Months

Remove any bones. If not using homemade stock, use salt-free stock. Blend the vegetables and chicken.

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