Easter is one of the most celebrated holidays in South Africa and the perfect time to try this healthy SAMFA Dairy Free Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Casserole that is designed to please everyone in your family. This healthy recipe is also handy to make in large batches and keep in the fridge for lunches and snacks throughout the week.
4 free-range chicken breasts
250g portabellini mushrooms, sliced
1 white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp ground almonds / almond flour
4 Tbsp nut butter, e.g. cashew or almond
175ml almond or oat milk, warm
375ml chicken stock, just boiled
1 tsp dried herbs
1 bunch Tuscan kale / cavolo nero
100g sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Olive oil, for cooking
Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large buffet casserole / saucepan.
Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and then sear until golden brown all over.
Remove from the pan and set aside.
Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook until golden brown.
Remove and set aside.
Add the onion to the pan with a pinch of salt and cook until soft.
While the onion is cooking – combine the nut butter, almond milk and chicken stock in a large jug. Whisk until well combined and smooth.
Add the garlic to the onion and cook until fragrant.
Sprinkle over the almond flour and mix well.
Pour in the nut butter and stock mixture.
Sprinkle in the dried herbs.
Bring to a gentle simmer and add the kale.
Simmer until thickened.
Return the chicken to the pan to cook through.
When the chicken is almost done add the mushrooms back into the mix and stir to heat through. Finish with the sun-dried tomatoes for a pop of colour and acidity.
Serve the saucy creamy casserole with a fresh green salad on the side and enjoy!