Chicken chasseur for a crowd

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
30 mins to 1 hour

Serves 40

From Hairy Bikers' Meals on Wheels


  • 125g/4½oz plain flour
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 7.5kg /9lb 13oz chicken thighs, skinned and bone removed and cut into 3cm pieces
  • 150ml/5fl oz sunflower oil
  • 875g/1lb 15oz button mushrooms
  • 5 onions, sliced
  • 2.8 litres/5 pints chicken stock
  • 150ml/5fl oz tomato purée
  • 25g/1oz fresh tarragon, half left as sprigs, half finely chopped
  • 5 x 400g/14oz tins chopped tomatoes
  • small bunch curly parsley, finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Place the flour into a bowl and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off any excess.

  3. Heat a large, deep frying pan and add the oil. Fry the chicken pieces skin-side down for 1-2 minutes until golden-brown, turn over and brown on the other side. Remove the chicken from the pans and set aside.

  4. Add a little more oil if the pans are dry then add the mushrooms and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the onion and cook for a further five minutes.

  5. Place the chicken back in the pans and add the stock, tomato purée, whole tarragon sprigs and tomatoes. Bring to the boil and transfer the chicken to ovenproof dishes. Cover with aluminium foil and place in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

  6. Adjust the seasoning if necessary then add the parsley and the chopped tarragon.