Sunday, 13 April 2008

Chicken Casserole and Malteser Traybake

Today I have cooked a Chicken Casserole for our Sunday meal. My hubby has been requesting this for some time, so being a good wifey his wish was granted and voila Chicken Casserole for dinner. This is another easy to create dish and perfect for a lazy rainy Sunday like today. I will be serving this with creamy mash potato.

Chicken Casserole

4tbsp olive oil
4 leeks, cut into 1cm (½in) thick slices
6 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
500g (1lb) baby or Chantenay carrots, scrubbed
8 large chicken thighs
4 chicken breasts, halved
3 fresh bay leaves
4 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
1 litre (32fl oz) chicken stock
Fresh thyme (optional)

1. Heat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4). Heat the olive oil over a medium heat in a large frying pan or a large flameproof casserole dish or saucepan. Sauté the leeks, bacon, and celery for 5-6 minutes, or until they have softened (without browning too much). Add the carrots, chicken pieces, bay leaves, garlic cloves and stock. If you do have some fresh thyme, add a few sprigs of it to the mixture.
2. Bring to the boil, cover with a tight-fitting lid and transfer to the oven. Cook for 1 hour. Remove the lid and cook for a further 30 minutes, or until the chicken is nicely coloured.
3. Set the casserole aside to cool and then divide it into individual portions. Freeze in airtight containers and keep for up to 3 months. Defrost the casserole before reheating in a covered saucepan over a gentle heat.

Malteser Traybake

I present to you this weekend's second installment of traybake but today I have used Maltesers. I have lost count of the times I have made this traybake using Maltesers and it is by far the best no bake treat I've ever made. My son and hubby are addicted to this, infact anyone I know that's tried this has become addicted within seconds of the first bite! I tend to make it every once in a while as a treat (this stuff should come with a health warning, yes its seriously good), I don't want to add to the number of obese cases already hitting the nation, so a little of something naughty every once in a while does us all good. After all what would life be without a little traybake now and then!


RecipeGirl said...

Looks like some good comfort food for a rainy day. It's in the 90's here in San Diego today so I'll be looking to make some sort of salad with grilled meat for dinner!

Anonymous said...

Maria, this casserole looks divine! Thank you so much for the recipe...I have never cooked with leeks before, so now I have to get some of those and give this a'll be perfect for all the people in our house these days!! Plus, it's still wintery here in upstate NY, so it'll be a perfect main dish.

Anna said...

That traybake looks so good that it took me several attempts to formulate a full sentence about it. I was about to rave about the aero one but I think using maltesers is even better!

And that casserole looks so comforting and good ^__^. I can tell my brother would love that.

Vicky said...

Gorgeous Maria. Those tray bakes are fantastic. Can't wait to make your cake!

Vicky xxx

Vicky said...

Gorgeous Maria! I love the look of the tray bakes especially. I can't wait to make your rich butter cake!

Vicky xxx

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness Maria, that looks like a perfect cool weather Sunday meal to me.

Do stop tormenting me with that traybake though I'm drooling now LOL.

George xx

Rhyleysgranny said...

That casserole looks lovely. The malteser tray bake........... what can I say. Yum Yum. The pic is great. Well done getting it on TasteSpotting

Kelly-Jane said...

Lovely casserole, and of course I know how good the tray bake is! We tend to have it just now and again as well, as it's just so popable :)

Maria♥ said...

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments!


Ruth Strong said...

I love chicken casserole, it's been on my "must make" list for a long time now. It's such a comforting dish.

As for the malteser traybake..... anything with maltesers is a winner in my book!

Rosie said...

Gorgeous Maria, nothing beats a comforting casserole and this one looks divine!! Oooooh and just look at that scrummy tray bake too :)

Rosie x

Finla said...

I love the Malteser tray bake.
Love the casserol too.

Maria♥ said...

Ruth you must give this one a try, my hubby kept saying how good it was during the meal.

Rosie thanks sweetie ;o)

Happy Cook thanks!


Gigi said...

The traybakes look delicious! If it wasn't in the high 90's I would be making the casserole for dinner tonight.

Maria♥ said...

Thanks Gigi ;o)


Swati said...

The tray bake looks so tempting Maria..No wonder your family is a big fan of this..I love it!!

Maria♥ said...

Thanks Swati and lovely to see you here again!


Abitofafoodie said...

I was trying to decide which was more tempting - the delicious-sounding casserole or the chocolately malteaser tray bake. And then I came to my senses - the latter involves chocolate. And malteasers. I would just love a slice right now.
Then again, I'd love a big bowlful of that casserole too - so comforting!

Anna's kitchen table said...

WOW! Maria, it all looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Maria, is this "traybake" with malteasers (I think we call those Malt Balls in the US) the same recipe as the Mint Aero traybake, except you substituted whole malt balls instead of the mint candy? I'd love to try it.

Maria♥ said...

Hi Kate

Yes I used Maltesers in this traybake, I beleive in America they are called Whoppers (Malt Balls).