Make Ahead With Trace: Easy Chicken Casserole

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by Tracey Lynch

 

This dish and variations of this dish are on high rotation in our slow cooker! There’s nothing more satisfying to this busy mum than being able to prep a nutritious and tasty meal in under 20 minutes. This is my easy peasy chicken casserole, loved by all the family and an ailing neighbour or two! 
 
Ingredients:
  • 2kg chicken breast – diced
  • 300g streaky bacon – diced
  • 500ml white wine
  • 4 large onions – diced
  • 8 stalks celery – diced
  • 1kg carrots – diced
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons Vegeta Gourmet Stock
  • 1 small tub tomato purĂ©e 
  • Salt Pepper
  • Olive oil
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Method:
  1. Fry bacon until golden. 
  2. Coat chicken in plain flour, then fry in batches until brown all over.
  3. Add both to the slow cooker.
  4. Sauté onion, celery & carrots until just soft and add to the slow cooker.
  5. Deglaze pan with wine, tomato paste & Vegeta. 
  6. Add to the slow cooker and set to low for 6 hours.
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Storage:
Once cooled, separate into portion-sized containers and freeze.
 
This will keep frozen for around 3 months, though never lasts that long in our house!
 
The joy of having a meal like this tucked away in my freezer means I can have this healthy, hearty and guilt-free dinner on the table around 10 minutes after walking through the door after work – way quicker than finding the take out menu! 
 
To reheat, zap in the microwave or reheat gently on the stove.  Serve with steamed rice & brocollini. 
 
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