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Chicken And Hearty Vegetable Casserole Recipe

Chicken and vegetable casserole in bowl with spoon
Chicken and vegetable casserole in bowl with spoon - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Get ready to warm your soul and fill your kitchen with the inviting aroma of our chicken and hearty vegetable casserole. This comforting dish is brought to us by recipe developer Catherine Brookes and combines succulent chicken thighs with an array of wholesome vegetables and aromatic herbs.

While chicken thighs simmer to tender perfection, they infuse this casserole with rich, savory goodness. Onion, potatoes, carrot, mushrooms, and celery add plenty of nutrients while also creating a medley of textures to complement the chicken. The addition of peas rounds things out with a burst of color and freshness.

A delicious blend of herbs, lemon, and white wine are the final touch to transform this casserole into a wonderfully rich and flavorful dinner. This recipe is a great one for both casual family meals and special occasions, requiring just one pot and far less effort than you'd think! Get your casserole dish at the ready and prepare to delight in the home-cooked flavors of this heartwarming chicken dish.

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Gather The Ingredients For This Chicken And Hearty Vegetable Casserole Recipe

Chicken and vegetable casserole ingredients
Chicken and vegetable casserole ingredients - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

This hearty casserole is packed with wholesome ingredients. You'll first need to heat some olive oil in a pan and brown the bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. Next, the onion and garlic are sauteed before they're combined with flour, carrots, and celery. The remaining ingredients are then added before it's time to slow-bake everything in the oven — those are cremini mushrooms, baby potatoes, peas (frozen or canned will do), chicken broth, lemon juice, dried thyme, dried rosemary, bay leaves, white wine, and some salt and pepper to taste.

Step 1: Heat Some Oil

Oil heating in casserole pot
Oil heating in casserole pot - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Add olive oil to a large oven-safe pot and place over high heat.

Step 2: Brown The Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs browning in casserole pot
Chicken thighs browning in casserole pot - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Add chicken thighs and brown well on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken, leaving any fat and juices in the pot, and set aside.

Step 3: Preheat The Oven

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Hand turning dial on oven - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Step 4: Saute Some Onion And Garlic

Onion and garlic sauteing in casserole pot
Onion and garlic sauteing in casserole pot - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Add onion and garlic to the pot and saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Step 5: Add Carrot And Celery

Veg sauteing in casserole pot
Veg sauteing in casserole pot - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Add carrot and celery and stir well.

Step 6: Add The Flour

Veg and flour sauteing in casserole pot
Veg and flour sauteing in casserole pot - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Sprinkle over the flour and stir through, cooking for another minute.

Step 7: Add The Remaining Ingredients

mushroom potato carrot vegetable casserole in pot
mushroom potato carrot vegetable casserole in pot - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Add mushrooms, potatoes, peas, chicken broth, lemon juice, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, and white wine. Stir well.

Step 8: Add The Browned Chicken

Chicken and vegetable casserole in pot
Chicken and vegetable casserole in pot - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Return the chicken thighs to the pot.

Step 9: Bake

Chicken and vegetable casserole in pot
Chicken and vegetable casserole in pot - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Cover pot with a lid and bake for 1 hour.

Step 10: Garnish And Serve

Chicken and vegetable casserole in pot with parsley
Chicken and vegetable casserole in pot with parsley - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired, before serving.

Can You Switch Up The Ingredients In This Chicken And Hearty Vegetable Casserole?

Chicken and vegetable casserole served in bowl
Chicken and vegetable casserole served in bowl - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

This chicken and vegetable casserole is a super versatile recipe, allowing you to customize the ingredients to suit your tastes and preferences. Feel free to experiment with different vegetables to add your personal touch to this comforting dish. Swap out the mushrooms for bell peppers, or include leeks for an extra layer of sweet and savory flavor. You can also play with the herbs, introducing sage, marjoram, or oregano to the mix.

For a heartier casserole, consider incorporating sweet potatoes or butternut squash, bringing a touch of natural sweetness to the dish. If you're looking to enhance the umami factor, add a splash of soy or Worcestershire sauce. Whether you're catering to different dietary preferences or simply indulging in culinary creativity, this casserole is easy to make uniquely yours. So, grab your favorite ingredients and don't hesitate to get creative!

Can I Make This Chicken And Hearty Vegetable Casserole In A Slow Cooker?

Chicken and vegetable casserole in pot with parsley
Chicken and vegetable casserole in pot with parsley - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

This casserole can be prepared in the slow cooker instead of the oven, making it a convenient and time-saving option for busy days. To adapt this recipe, begin by browning the chicken thighs and sauteing the onions and garlic in a pan as per the original instructions. Stir in the flour, cook for a minute, then transfer everything (including all the remaining ingredients) into the slow cooker. Allow it to work its magic on a low setting for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, ensuring the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

Slow cooking enhances the flavors of this casserole, allowing them to meld and intensify over time. The result is a succulent and comforting dish with minimal effort — the perfect solution for those seeking the convenience of a one-pot meal with the added luxury of a slow-cooked taste.

Chicken And Hearty Vegetable Casserole Recipe

Chicken and vegetable casserole in pot
Chicken and vegetable casserole in pot - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Prep Time: 10mCook Time: 1h 20mYield: 6 servingsIngredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 pounds skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 5 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 pound baby potatoes, halved

  • ¾ cup (frozen or canned) peas

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • Juice of ½ lemon

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 2 bay leaves

  • ½ cup white wine

  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Optional Ingredients

  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

  1. Add olive oil to a large oven-safe pot and place over high heat.

  2. Add chicken thighs and brown well on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken, leaving any fat and juices in the pot, and set aside.

  3. Preheat oven to 325 F.

  4. Add onion and garlic to the pot and saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

  5. Add carrot and celery and stir well.

  6. Sprinkle over the flour and stir through, cooking for another minute.

  7. Add mushrooms, potatoes, peas, chicken broth, lemon juice, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, and white wine. Stir well.

  8. Return the chicken thighs to the pot.

  9. Cover pot with a lid and bake for 1 hour.

  10. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired, before serving.

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