Fresh Herb Chicken Casserole

Fresh Herb Chicken Casserole Recipe

The word ‘casserole’ is synonymous with cold, winter nights; a comforting dish for when you need it the most. But that needn’t be the case, as my recipe for Fresh Herb Chicken Casserole proves. Comforting meals are necessary all year round. Don’t confine them to only a few months.

When I think of chicken casserole, vague recollections of offensive shop-bought creamy white wine sauces come to mind. A terror from my youth. Slathering tender chicken thighs in cream seems a bad idea; it is a cut with so much flavour.

Instead, think of a simple chicken casserole suitable for spring and flavoured temptingly with olive oil, rosemary and generous quantities of fresh herbs, straight from the garden. This is a casserole perfect for the warmer months, inspired by Mediterranean flavours.

Simple Chicken Casserole Recipe

The best thing about this dish, however, is the rich gravy sitting underneath the chicken. Flavoured with olive oil, chicken juices, lemon juice and white wine, and infused with the flavours of four fresh herbs, dipping your bread will be the first thing on your mind.

And you’ll want a jolly good hunk of bread. Nothing too heavy, of course; think Italian or Spanish, not French. A well-leavened bread, with plenty of air bubbles and very little moisture is a must. The more space for soaking up those delicious juices the better.

To make the dinner stretch a little further you could pull the meat from the bone and serve it alongside a seasonal salad or two; Roasted Red Onion Salad and Radish, Watercress & Potato Salad…

Fresh Herb Chicken Casserole

Serves 3-4


  • 4 chicken thighs, skin on
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, mashed
  • 200ml white wine
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • a little fresh rosemary
  • a handful each of parsley, coriander & basil, finely chopped
  • 4 large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • a twist of black pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 200C/180C(fan). Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large, heavy-based pan and brown the chicken, skin-side down.
  2. Remove the chicken once golden brown and set aside. Tip the onion and garlic into the pot and simmer until soft.
  3. Tip the wine and lemon juice into the pan and cook for a further 2 minutes, before arranging the thighs in the pot.
  4. Mix 1 tbsp of olive oil with half the herbs and baste the chicken. Pop the pot in the oven – lid off – and bake for 30 minutes, basting the meat every 5-10 minutes.
  5. Mix together any remaining herbs and olive oil with the finely chopped tomatoes and season. Serve immediately with the tomato salsa and plenty of crusty white bread.

How To Make Chicken Casserole Spring Chicken Casserole Recipe

Cost: Chicken thighs aren’t particularly expensive; certainly nothing compared to the prizes breast. And because the recipe features only a small selection of ingredients – albeit good quality – it isn’t especially expensive. You can make the whole dish for only £6, and quite possibly less!

22 comments on “Fresh Herb Chicken Casserole

  1. Wings of Harmony
    April 21, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    That looks extremely delish! And not too difficult either! 😀 Beautiful image.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 27, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you so much – yes, very simple indeed!

  2. tinywhitecottage
    April 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Your photo of the pot of chicken in all it’s goodness underneath is mouth-watering! I can almost smell it. I really love this recipe and we always buy chicken thighs. We prefer them over breast meat.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 27, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      The goodness underneath was the best part with a hefty chunk of bread :). The thighs have way more flavour.

  3. laurenkahan
    April 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Looks delicious!!!

  4. jamiebrittany
    April 21, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    This looks so delicious!


    • frugalfeeding
      April 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Thank you, Jamie! It was really nice, especially with a generous hunk of bread.

  5. cookinginsens
    April 21, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    That looks wonderfully delicious Frugal! Good plate too 🙂

  6. pauldelancey
    April 22, 2015 at 2:10 am


  7. rathodpurvi
    April 22, 2015 at 7:07 am

    looks delicious !!!

  8. Teresa Blackburn
    April 22, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Beautiful shot of the chicken in the red pan! I love the herbs and juices surrounding your no doubt wonderful chicken. It looks so tender. Love it.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 27, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      I love that red pan, shame it my mother’s and not mine (I was visiting). Thank you!

  9. Chica Andaluza
    April 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Beautiful – I agree that casseroles are not just for the winter!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 27, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Chicken casseroles especially are very good for the warmer months.

  10. magdalena
    May 1, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    This recipe is truly good, my family was very happy when I prepared the tasty meal.

  11. Ella
    May 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Can you put a print function on this? I am trying to print the recipe and when I ask for the first two pages, it does not print correctly.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 10, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Unfortunately, this isn’t something I’m looking into as I’d not be able to apply across all recipes easily. Additionally, printing recipes isn’t something I’m looking to encourage. Sorry!

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