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French Chicken Casserole

French Chicken Casserole - The coziest, most wholesome meal. With golden brown chicken, tender potatoes, white wine, fresh rosemary + thyme.

The coziest, most wholesome meal. With golden brown chicken, tender potatoes, white wine, fresh rosemary + thyme.

French Chicken Casserole - The coziest, most wholesome meal. With golden brown chicken, tender potatoes, white wine, fresh rosemary + thyme.

Say hello to the coziest meal of 2020.

Perfectly-seared golden brown chicken thighs, tender baby golden potatoes, juicy mushrooms, and an herb-wine sauce that you can basically guzzle down.

It’s perfection on a crisp, 55 degree Fall day – or let’s be honest, any day of the week.

Serve with the leftover white wine for a complete meal.

French Chicken Casserole - The coziest, most wholesome meal. With golden brown chicken, tender potatoes, white wine, fresh rosemary + thyme.

Substitution notes

  • If you prefer white meat, breasts can be substituted.
  • Mushrooms can be omitted completely if it’s not your thing. No judgment here.
  • No thyme or rosemary? Dried herbs or other seasonings like oregano and/or Italian seasoning would also be great in this.

French Chicken Casserole

The coziest, most wholesome meal. With golden brown chicken, tender potatoes, white wine, fresh rosemary + thyme.

20 minutes55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 3 large shallots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound baby gold potatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Season chicken thighs with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.
  4. Add mushrooms, shallots and celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender and browned, about 5-7 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  6. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  7. Stir in wine, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Stir in chicken stock, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf and potatoes. Return chicken to the skillet.
  8. Place into oven and bake until potatoes are tender and chicken has completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 175 degrees F, about 40-45 minutes.
  9. Stir in heavy cream; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  10. Serve immediately.

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35 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was bar none the best sauce ever. Great dinner on a Monday no less. Thanks for sharing. Wish I could post a pic. It was so pretty.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    The flavors are delicious but I did have some issues with my results and wonder if I messed up somewhere. I used four large bone in thighs so that is the only difference I made. Everything else I followed as written. As a casserole I expected the sauce to be thicker. I ended up with broth.

    Even though the instructions don’t specify, I left it uncovered. The potatoes didn’t cook all the way through and that may be my fault because I figured cutting the potatoes into quarters would have been the better size. And my potatoes may have been larger than what is in the picture.
    Still, really good flavor. Maybe serving over mashed potatoes could work? Definitely worth trying again.

  3. I love the recipe, its not hard to cook and I usually have all the ingredients. I always serve it with crusty bread and beans. Its perfect just the way it is.

  4. This was extremely delicious. The only thing I did differently was swapped out fresh herbs for dry. The sauce is sooo good. Worth it to get the wine. I believe it really did elevate the flavor. Oh and I used boneless skinless thighs since that is what I had.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is my new dinner party recipe. My repertoire needed a boost and this “casserole” is a great addition. When I think of casserole I think of meat, starch and probably a canned soup gravy. This dish tastes much more complicated than that. The bone-in skin-on chicken thighs make for tasty chicken. The sauce is rich but easy to digest. The herbs and celery add depth of flavor.With the addition of potatoes and mushrooms, you have a one dish meal. I served mine with steamed asparagus and crusty french bread. Well worth the time required to chop and dice. Yum. 

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow, this will be my go to chicken recipe. So much flavor and since I grow my own thyme and rosemary no need to run off to the market to pick up those ingredients. So quick and easy for making a delicious meal.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Per usual – this recipe did not disappoint! The chicken was moist, the potatoes were perfect, and the sauce was just the right kind of rich! I made a few “convenient” adjustments: I used dried thyme, i didn’t have rosemary, we don’t like celery, and I thickened the sauce after baking with a cornstarch slurry. I made it all up in a skillet but transferred to a baking dish. The removed the chicken, transferred the sauce back to the skillet and added the cream and then thickened. Thanks for another great meal!!! Posted pics on insta! 

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow, amazing, Chungah.
    This look amazing, i am going to make it next weekend. One question please, if i dont have black pepper, is it ok to use green pepper?

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a very nice dish. It had a delicious flavor and was fun to make. I need to sear the chicken a little longer next time. I used half and half instead of heavy cream but I don’t think it hurt anything. Very good dish!

  10. Hi, this dish looks delicious. I don’t have an oven at home, however, and was wondering is this could just be done on stove-up? Thank you!

    Tiffany
    Phlanx’s Marketing Specialist

    • I think that you could parboil the potatoes and cover the skillet and finish it on the stovetop. I’ve done similar dishes that way

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just made this- WOW !!!
    This is so tasty! I took advice from another reviewer and made homemade mashed potatoes instead of using the small potatoes in the dish… and rather than put the skillet in the oven I allowed it to continue to cook on the stovetop covered since I didn’t add in the potatoes. Thank you so much for sharing this marvelous recipe!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious! Reminds me of thanksgiving almost! I boiled my potatoes a bit in the sauce before sticking it in the oven. I didn’t add the cream at the end, and I don’t think you’ll miss it honestly!

    Next time I’m going to keep the garlic whole in smashed cloves instead of minced. And I might add more wine because I love a strong wine flavor in my gravy. Perhaps a fresh squeeze of lemon on the chicken to add some brightness and acid. 

    This is 100% going into my monthly rotation. 

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    This looks amazing and am planning to make this weekend! Quick question, are we supposed to cover the pan once it’s in the oven?

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made a few substitutions with what I had on hand. Boneless thighs dried oregano pinch of thyme, onions cut fine browned in butter, mushroom soup and left out cream, whole potatoes cut up. Added carrots julienned. The wine makes the gravy very special. Made in Dutch oven,, lowered the temp,, and baked covered longer.. Making again for neighbor. Wanted to try 1st, there is none left. Shared recipe with other family members.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious and filling!!

    I used these subs bc I didn’t want to go shopping for things I already had, and it worked perfectly fine:

    4 breasts + 5 drums
    3 large russet potatoes, quartered
    Regular white mushrooms, halved
    1 large yellow

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious!!!  I saved every little bit of the sauce and put it over rice and broccoli the next day for lunch!!!  

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious. Mushrooms, potatoes, and sauce were so addicting

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this for my boyfriend and we both loved it!!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made the French Chicken Casserole this past weekend and it was wonderful. The flavors in this dish were so amazing and with a crusty loaf of bread, this was the perfect dish for a dreary fall day here in Indiana.
    Always enjoy your recipes and this was a 5-star winner. Thank you!

  20. Rated 4 out of 5

    The sauce is delicious and flavorful. If I make it again, I think I would skip the baby potatoes and either make mashed potatoes or rice for the yummy sauce to soak into. 

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is so delicious that I know I would make it for company. H sauce is addicting. It’s not difficult to make and you can customize it to your likes and dislikes. I’ve sent this recipe to friends and family. 

  22. So you mean to say we will put the heavy cream after the chicken is done frm baking?
    Thanks 

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    All your meals are delicious!! Thank you for sharing!!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was “damn delicious” and I even forgot to buy the mushrooms! The sauce is so delicious. My only issue was the potatoes didn’t cook all the way through. Next time I’ll microwave them for a couple of minutes before adding to the dish and putting in the oven. My husband and I just about licked our plates 🙂

  25. so I was not sure about it being covered or not, I used a dutch oven since that’s what it looks like was used on the photo even though it said skillet? and I covered it to be sure but that was a mistake because it didn’t reduce 🙁 I also had to cook it a bit longer to get the potatoes and carrots cooked, perhaps because it was a dutch oven?

    Mine wasn’t creamy and more soupy even after leaving it lid off in the oven at 356 for another 30 minutes. :/

    It was really good though, did take me a little longer to prep but that’s the case with every new recipe.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made it last night with boneless chicken thighs in a 5 quart dutch oven–excellent!  Substituted half and half for cream.  Potatoes cooked perfectly.  I will make this again.  Just reading the ingredients and you know you can’t go wrong!  Thank you!!!

  27. Making this tomorrow night with some simple sauteed French green beans! (see a theme here???)

  28. Looks yummy! Is there a white wine you recommend?

  29. My family loved it! It was a hit. It was a little time consuming for a week night dinner but everyone loved it. 

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    I haven’t made this yet but it looks delicious. I just wanted you to know how much I love your site. I always check your site first when looking for a new recipe or for instant pot hints. Thank you so much!!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    I tried the recipe,and I loved it!!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Definitely on my weekend dinner menu. Thanks..