James Strawbridge’s Creamy Chicken Bake

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Not only is this recipe easy to prepare and quick to cook, but it tastes amazing and feels a bit like a cheat’s Sunday roast! James makes the most of seasonal vegetables including salad potatoes, mixed British mushrooms and more.

Serves 2


To serve


  1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C. Start by sliding a clove of garlic under the skin of each piece of chicken thigh along with a sprig of thyme. Then drizzle with a little oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook your shallots, bay leaves and mushrooms for 4-5 mins in a knob of melted butter until they start to caramelise. Then nestle the chicken thigh in the pan to start cooking.
  3. Deglaze the pan and pour in a can of cider followed by chicken stock. Reduce the cider and stock for 10-12 mins by simmering and then pour in your cream.
  4. Stir in the fresh tarragon and chives, then place the dish in the oven to finish cooking for 10-15 mins or until the chicken skin is golden and crispy.
  5. Meanwhile boil some new potatoes and wilt some kale to accompany. Season the chicken bake with salt and cracked black pepper.
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