VIDEO - Chicken and tarragon “hotpot”
Another very cold day and another lovely winter dish. Archie was in a gorgeous and non-destructive mood in the kitchen – although perhaps disappointed at the relative lack of havoc he could wreak when making a casserole. After all, this didn’t involve any cake mix, nor did it involve pressing any buttons on food mixers!
We let Archie eat from casseroles like this virtually from the day we started weaning him. The chicken in this “throw–in-the-pan” type stew comes out perfectly soft and tender, there are loads of vegetables and cooking the potatoes on top like this, in true hotpot style, leaves them deliciously full of flavour. It really is an ideal meal for all the family, with the added bonus that it is very easy to prepare and there is always some left over to freeze for eat later in the week.
Chicken and tarragon hotpot
Preparation time 15 minutes, cooking time 2 hours
This served three of us with plenty left over for a few lunches
4 chicken drumsticks and 4 chicken thighs
Chop up the following:
2 garlic cloves
2 medium carrots
3 celery sticks
1 25g bunch of fresh taragon
You will also need:
A good handful of dried barley
4 medium potatoes, sliced into 2mm thick slices
700ml of good quality chicken stock
A tsp of plain flour
Preheat the oven to around 180°C/350°F
- In an oven-proof casserole dish (with a lid), fry the onion and garlic in some olive oil.
- When they are nicely soft, add in the other vegetables and cook them for a few minutes while they soften a little.
- Add the barley, tarragon and flour and mix well together.
- Add the chicken and mix again.
- Layer the potatoes over the chicken, overlapping the slices and covering the chicken fully.
- Put the lid on and cook in the oven for approximately 90 minutes (you can relax about timings!).
- Remove the lid for the last 30 minutes to brown the potatoes a little. When you take the lid off, if you press down gently on the potatoes and see no liquid at all, feel free to add a little water.
- Serve immediately when the potatoes have browned up nicely.