Chicken and Spring Vegetable Casserole – Time for some Spring Fresh Cooking

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Many of us try our best to use only fresh, seasonal ingredients, but the latter part of winter can leave even the best of us tired and tested by the limited availability of fresh ingredients and limited seasonal vegetables. Seasonal food shouldn’t include chicken nuggets, but by the end of the darker colder months, sometimes my enthusiasm does wane a little.

But it’s Spring! 

At last, my enthusiasm, just like the sap, is rising once again.  I’m fairly certain this is because there is a lot more to seasonal produce at this time of year, than the turnips and potatoes of the last couple of months.  Here is one of my favorite meal ideas at this time of year and one that is designed to tempt small, hungry little terrors away from the chicken nuggets that accidentally found their way on to my shopping list.

Chicken and Spring Vegetable Casserole - Time for some Spring Fresh Cooking with this easy to make one pot meal

Chicken and Spring Vegetable Casserole

I often put my casserole pot away at this time of year.  Stews and casseroles are a great “one meal in a pot” option that can be prepared in advance and/or frozen – probably why I like them so much.  Sometimes summer cooking seems more “faffy” and time consuming but there are some casseroles that are light and they are ideal for spring or summer eating.  These also tend to suit quicker cooking times so can be prepared and eaten on the day – but still have the benefit of the “one pot meal” approach, and you can still freeze them if necessary.

Chicken and Spring Vegetable Casserole - Time for some Spring Fresh Cooking with this easy to make one pot meal

 For this one you’ll need the following:

  • A medium to large chopped Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Lb – 1 Lb of skinless boneless chicken thighs 
  • 2/3 Lb of new potatoes.
  • 1 Broccoli Bunch
  • Spring Greens
  • 1 Bunch of Spring Onions. 
  • 2 Cups of vegetable stock

Chicken and Spring Vegetable Casserole - Time for some Spring Fresh Cooking with this easy to make one pot meal

The Preparation

In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil and cook the onions. Once the onions have softened, add the chicken and continue to fry until it is browned. 

Next in go the potatoes, the stock and salt and pepper to taste. 

Allow the ingredients to boil, then cover and simmer for around thirty minutes to thoroughly cook the chicken. 

Add the broccoli, greens and spring onions and cook, covered, for around ten minutes. Additional ingredients that go well in this dish include a dash of pesto or frozen peas.  These can all be added at the same time as the broccoli.

Chicken and Spring Vegetable Casserole - Time for some Spring Fresh Cooking with this easy to make one pot meal

 

As mentioned above, this a quick, easy recipe to prepare.  Casseroles suit adaptation to your own tastes well, and a little grilled bacon, chorizo, cauliflower and other vegetables can be easily substituted depending on personal tastes.  The basic idea is that this is a light meal, relatively low in fat, that will provide a good spring or early summer meal to tempt the whole family.  It’s quick to cook with fresh ingredients, but it can be made in bulk and frozen to save time on week nights.

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Ingredients

  • A medium to large chopped Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Lb - 1 Lb of skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 2/3 Lb of new potatoes.
  • 1 Broccoli Bunch
  • Spring Greens
  • 1 Bunch of Spring Onions.
  • 2 Cups of vegetable stock

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil and cook the onions. Once the onions have softened, add the chicken and continue to fry until it is browned.
  2. Next in go the potatoes, the stock and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Allow the ingredients to boil, then cover and simmer for around thirty minutes to thoroughly cook the chicken.
  4. Add the broccoli, greens and spring onions and cook, covered, for around ten minutes. Additional ingredients that go well in this dish include a dash of pesto or frozen peas. These can all be added at the same time as the broccoli.
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  • August 4, 2012 at 10:44 am
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    what an awesome alternative! we don't eat prepackaged chicken nuggets, but it is his fast food of choice and i know he'd love it if we could make them at home! Reply
  • July 31, 2012 at 11:14 am
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    I love casseroles and this one sounds great. Anything with chicken is my favorite Reply
  • July 31, 2012 at 8:17 am
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    I am not a fan of nuggets any time of the year. I personally don't buy them or make them for my kids but they do get them when with the grandparents. I just wish they ate more vegetables! Reply
  • July 26, 2012 at 9:57 am
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    yum, I am going to try this too. Thanks :) Reply
    • July 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm
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      Let us know how it turns out!! I would love to hear how it was for you Reply
  • July 26, 2012 at 7:48 am
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    I would love to get my son away from chicken nuggets - however it is all he will currently eat - gotta love 3-year-olds! But that recipe looks tasty - I will be making it - for me if no one else :) Reply
    • July 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm
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      I hear ya Natasha!! My 4 year old has a 4 course diet and most of the time chicken nuggets is at the top of his list. Reply

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