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Chicken casserole with smashed potatoes

Serves   4
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 35 mins

Warming and comforting, this easy chicken casserole is great to warm yourself on cooler weeknights. Loaded with vegetables, serve this hot with a side of creamy smashed potatoes.

Casserole

Ingredients

Method

Ingredients

Chicken casserole

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced 
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or 1 ½ teaspoons crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 400g mushrooms*, sliced or quartered 
  • 500g skinless chicken breast*, cut into 3cm chunks 
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 broccoli, florets and stalks chopped 
  • ¼ cabbage*, chopped 
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ bunch parsley*, leaves and stalks roughly chopped

Smashed potatoes

  • 800g agria potatoes, cut into 2cm chunks
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • ¼ cup milk (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

* These ingredients are shared with other recipes from the weekly meal planner.

Method

  1. Heat oil in a casserole pan, large pot or deep skillet on the stove over medium high heat. Add onion and sauté until softened. Add garlic and paprika, stir fry until fragrant.  
  2. Add carrots, mushrooms, chicken, and chopped tomatoes. Fill each can with ¾ cup water, swirl around to get the remaining sauce and add to the pot and stir. Cover with a lid, bring to a simmer while stirring occasionally. 
  3. Boil potatoes in another pot as the casserole simmers to start making the smash. Boil for around 10 minutes or until a fork or knife can easily pierce through the potato. 
  4. When the carrots are tender and the chicken is cooked, add broccoli, cabbage, salt if you are using it, and pepper. Stir through and bring to a simmer. Test taste, season with more pepper if desired. Top with chopped parsley.
  5. Drain the water from the potatoes, add butter, milk (if using), salt, and pepper. Smash until it is the consistency you like, adding more milk if needed. Serve casserole with smashed potatoes. 
Skill level: Easy as
Cooking tips

- Some broccoli stalks can have a woody outer layer, peel off this tough outer layer as you prepare the broccoli.
- If preferred, the broccoli stalks can also be grated. 
- For additional flavour add dried spices and herbs such as bay leaf, cinnamon quills, dried mixed herbs, chilli powder, or any of your favourites. 

Adapt it

- Skinless chicken thighs can be used if preferred or you can make with red meat or a plant-based meat substitute such a Quorn. Pulses can also be used like chickpeas, butter beans or mix beans.
- This dish can also be served with rice if preferred. 

Leftover tips

- Can be eaten for lunch the next day. Or freeze the casserole in portions and eat another day. Any leftover over smash can be made into scones or buns, check out lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz/recipes for inspiration.