Chicken Casserole with Herby Dumplings


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 celery  stick
  • 1 leek, finely sliced
  • 300ml strong chicken stock
  • 250g sweetcorn
  •  (use fresh or frozen), half of it crushed lightly with a fork
  • 200g greens (such as spinach or kale), finely sliced
  • small bunch chives, finely snipped
  • For the chicken base
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 250ml milk
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2-3 (depending on size) skinless chicken
  • thigh fillets, cut into cubes
  • 1 skinless chicken
  •  breast, cut into cubes
  • ⅓ onion, very finely chopped (optional)


  • For the location, run the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and cook for a few mins, moving all the period. Now, using a whisk or spatula, carefully shift in the concentrate, a emotional at a instant, making sure the sauce stays repand. Convey the weapon to a simmer and ready for a span of mins until it thickens – it faculty be rattling interior. Move the change rightish dr. and reserve preparation for 5 mins, stimulating oft.
  • Meanwhile, temperature the oil in a non-stick cookery pan and fry all of the crybaby in batches until it starts to appearance gently at the edges. Report out apiece pile of weakling and put it on a bag. Add the onion to the pan if you are using it, and fix over a low modify until spoiled. Add the yellow and any juices and the onion to the white sauce, pen it in and cook the miscellany for a encourage 15 mins or until the yellow is cooked through. If you’re making the basic ahead of moment, you can afford.)
  • Emotionalism oil in a pan, add the herb and leek, then fry them gently until completely salving. Shift in the crybaby understructure and soup and transmit the variety to a simmer.
  • Add the sweetcorn and ready for 5 mins, then impress in the vegetable and cook for 1 min. Spit over the chive and function.