Farmhouse chicken braise recipe

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This tender farmhouse chicken braise recipe is delicious, succulent and tender too. Tossed with roasted vegetables this chicken is perfect for Sunday dinner

Farmhouse chicken braise
  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories477 Kcal24%
Sugar6.3 g7%
Fat37.4 g53%
Saturated Fat14.3 g72%
Salt0.1 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein28.6 g57%
Carbohydrates6.7 g3%
Salt0.1 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This simple chicken and vegetable tray bake makes a lovely and simple alternative to a classic Sunday roast.

This farmhouse chicken braise really ticks all the boxes. When it comes to making family meals, its difficult to achieve the triple hit of cheap, easy and tasty. But this dish is all three. You only need a quarter of an hour or less to prep the tray for baking, then it cooks in just 40 minutes. We've used chicken thighs here - partly because they're a really good price, but also because they taste better than breast meat.

This recipe is part of our cheap family meals collection – under £1 a head.


  • 12 skin on chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g small Chantenay carrots
  • 2 large leeks, thickly sliced
  • Sprigs of thyme and parsley
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 150ml double cream or crème fraiche
  • 2 tsp each coarse-grain mustard and English mustard




  1. Set the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Heat a large frying pan and add the chicken thighs, in 1 or 2 batches, skin-side down. Cook until the skin browns well, then turn them over and cook for another couple of mins. Take them out and set aside.
  2. Drain off all the fat from the pan. Add the oil and when hot, add the carrots and leeks and cook for about 5 mins. Spread the veg out in a large baking dish or roasting tin. Add the sprigs of thyme and parsley. Season well. Put the chicken thighs on top. Season again and pour in 600ml boiling water - enough to almost cover the meat. Cover with foil or a lid. Cook for 30 mins, take off the foil and cook for a further 20 mins.
  3. Pour the stock into a jug. Cover the chicken with foil to keep it warm. Bring 300ml of the stock to the boil in a small pan and reduce it by half. Stir in the cream or crème fraiche, whisk well and simmer for a few minutes. Add the mustards and seasoning. Serve the sauce with the chicken, along with potatoes, beans and peas, if you like.

Top tip for making farmhouse chicken braise

If you want to make this dish lower in calories and fat, swap the double cream for low-fat creme fraiche instead. Use skinless chicken thighs too as the skin has a higher fat content.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies