This hearty chicken bake is designed to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 20g butter
  • 1.2kg chicken thigh fillets, trimmed, cut into 4cm pieces
  • 2 leeks, trimmed, halved, washed, sliced
  • 200g middle bacon rashers, trimmed, chopped
  • 250g cup mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 3/4 cup Massel chicken style liquid stock
  • 3/4 cup pure cream
  • 80g baby spinach


  • 1.6kg desiree potatoes, peeled, chopped
  • 100g butter, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk

Step 1
Make Mashed-potato topping Place potato in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil. Simmer over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return to pan. Add butter and milk. Mash until smooth.
Step 2
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Heat oil and butter in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, in batches, for 2 to 3 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a 6cm-deep, 3.8 litre-capacity baking dish.
Step 3
Add leek and bacon to pan. Cook, stirring, for 8 minutes, or until leek has softened. Add mushrooms. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add wine. Bring to the boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Add flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually stir in stock and cream. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper. Place spinach over chicken in dish. Carefully pour cream mixture over spinach. Stir to combine. Top evenly with mashed potato. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and chicken is cooked through. Stand for 10 minutes. Serve.

To Freeze:
Cool. Cover with plastic wrap, then foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. To Reheat: Thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Remove and discard plastic wrap. Cover with foil. Reheat in a 180C/160C fan-forced oven for 1 hour. Remove foil. Bake for a further 40 minutes or until hot.

RECIPE BY:  Author: Claire Brookman Image credit: Andrew Young Publication: Super Food Ideas / Taste.com