Chicken Casserole With English Ale and Stilton and Walnut Dumpli

“For a hearty and flavourful meal try this slow-cooked chicken casserole served with blue cheese dumplings”
2hrs 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Season the flour generously with salt and freshly ground pepper. Dust the chicken portions with the seasoned flour and sage.
  3. Heat the butter in a large casserole dish. Add in the chicken and brown on all sides. Remove the chicken and put to one side.
  4. Add the chopped bacon to the casserole dish and fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Add in the leeks, carrot, celery, onion and garlic and fry gently, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped thyme, sugar, ale, malt vinegar and the Dijon mustard and bring to the boil.
  7. Pour the chicken broth into the dish, then add the browned chicken, bay leaf, rutebaga and parsnips.
  8. Cover and bake in the preheated oven for ten minutes, then reduce the heat to 275F and bake in the oven for a further 1 hour 30 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, make the dumplings. Place the stilton, walnuts, flour, suet, egg yolks in a bowl. Add in the salt, freshly grated nutmeg and freshly ground pepper, mixing well.
  10. Combine the stilton mixture into a dough and shape into small, even-sized balls.
  11. Half an hour before the casserole has completed baking, scatter the dumplings over the casserole the top and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

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