Red Wine and Orange Christmas One Pot Chicken
Christmas is stressful when it comes to cooking so I’ve come up with a really simple one pot chicken recipe which keeps the Christmas flavours.
AD This recipe is in partnership with Le Creuset. Recipe and opinions are my own.
I love a roast chicken and normally that involves far too much washing up. So I’ve been trying new ways of cooking a one pot recipe that cooks the chicken really well, has a great flavour and of course involves less washing up. The Christmas One Pot Chicken is now my go to recipe. Simply enough you pop a chicken in a pot, surround by chopped up onions, carrots, celery and orange slices. Then pop a whole bottle of red wine over the chicken. Pop on the hob and leave for a few hours. If you want to make it look extra gold on top, pop it in the oven for the last 30 minutes with the lid off.
For this recipe I used the Le Creuset 26cm Casserole dish. These cast iron casseroles are a heritage piece. They will last for years. My parents had their classic orange Le Creuset casserole for 35 years before it eventually gave up. That is a lot of Sunday roasts and dinners. I love my red casserole. It holds a large chicken easily as you can see but I’ve also used it for little dishes for one – beef stew always in the winter. I’ve also used it to poach pears in wine for puddings and used it as a frying pan for fajitas.
Christmas One Pot Chicken
- 1 chicken
- 2 onions
- 1 carrot
- 2 celery sticks
- 2 oranges
- 1 bottle red wine
- 3 star anise
- 5 whole cloves
- Chop up the onion into chunky quarters, chop the celery in half and chunkily chop the carrot too. Add half of the veg to the large casserole.
- Add the chicken on top and surround by the remaining vegetables.
- Slice up 2 oranges and add them to the casserole.
- Pour over the red wine.
- Add the star anise and cloves.
- Pop the lid on and put the casserole on the hob on a medium tempterature. Bring the mix up to a simmer and then reduce the temperature and allow the chicken to cook for 3 hours.
- Cut a slice into the breast to see if it is cooked.
- You can serve straight away or If you want to brown off the chicken pop into the oven at 180 for 30 minutes with the lid off.
- Save the juice. Remove the vegetables, fruit and spices and pop it back on the hob with a little plain four to thicken up and give a great gravy.
Before and after chicken. The chicken will shrink a little but not a lot. The juice left over is wonderful if you want to turn it into a gravy. Just remove the vegetables, fruits and spices. Add a little plain flour and whisk it while on the heat to turn it in to a thicker gravy. A beautiful chicken and red wine stock.
How to make Christmas One Pot Chicken
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