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creamy garlic parmesan chicken

Creamy garlic, Parmesan chicken


Time:30 minutes


6 chicken thighs
3 cloves garlic, crushed
An onion
200g bacon chopped, or bacon lardons
400g mushrooms
1 cup cream OR milk (or half and half)
½ cup (120ml) chicken stock
½ cup Parmesan, grated
Chopped parsley, to garnish
Fresh shaved or grated parmesan, to garnish

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It’s easy to get stuck in a rut making the same dinners again and again so I’ve been trying to mix things up a little bit lately. Anyone with young children will know that this is a risky business so I tend to stick to safe ingredients like chicken and pasta. I found this recipe for creamy garlic parmesan chicken from Cafe Delights on Pinterest (my go to place for inspiration) and it was truly delicious. It’s always a bonus when you find something as tasty as this that the kids will eat too!


Preheat your oven to 200C / 180F / 400F
Cook the chicken

Heat a tbsp of oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Brown the chicken on both sides ( a few minutes on each side).

Transfer the chicken to an oven proof dish and pop into the oven to roast until completely cooked through, about 25-30 minutes (or while you make the sauce).

Prepare the ingredients for the sauce

Prepare the garlic, dice the onion and chop the mushrooms.

Make the sauce

Fry the onion and garlic over a medium heat until they are soft and fragrant, stirring frequently. This should take a minute or so.
Add the bacon and fry until it is starting to go crisp.

Add the mushrooms and cook them for a few minutes until they begin to soften.

Pour in the cream (or milk – I used half a cup of each), the chicken stock, and parmesan. Simmer in the pan until the sauce thickens slightly.

Add the chicken

Remove the chicken from the oven and add it back into the sauce. Cook for a another few minutes. Garnish with parsley and or grated parmesan (optional).

creamy garlic parmesan chicken

Serve with rice or pasta or vegetables.

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slow cooker beef ragu

Slow cooker beef ragu

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes plus 4 hours+ cooking

Serves: 8


1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
500g beef mince
2 carrots, sliced
1 pepper, chopped
2 400g tins chopped tomatoes
1 beef stock cube
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 splash Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Italian herbs
1 tbsp oregano
100ml red wine (or water)

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We use our slow cooker a lot, especially in the winter. Beef ragu is one of our favourites because it’s so simple and can make a quick mid week meal served with pasta, or be turned into something a bit more special like lasagne, or cannelloni. Using the slow cooker is convenient, but also makes the sauce really rich and flavoursome. If you don’t have a slow cooker simply follow the steps below but cook everything together in one pan for 30 minutes+. This recipe normally leaves us with leftovers which we freeze for dinner another day.


Heat some oil in a large non stick frying pan and fry the onion over a medium heat for a few minutes until it has softened. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute or two.

Add the mince and cook for 5 minutes or so until it has browned.

Transfer to the slow cooker and stir in the carrots, peppers and tinned tomatoes.

Add the stock cube, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce and herbs and 100ml of water (or red wine) and mix everything together one last time.

Cover with the lid and cook on low for 4+ hours.

slow cooker beef ragu
Serve with pasta or use the ragu to make a lasagne or cannelloni.




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bacon mac n cheese

Bacon mac & cheese

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4


For the bacon sauce
1 medium onion
6+ rashers of bacon
2 tomatoes
1/2 tbsp BBQ seasoning
400g pasta

For the cheese sauce
40g (2 tbsp) butter
40g (2 tbsp) plain flour
500ml (2 cups) Milk
1 tsp Mustard powder
150g Cheese (grated)

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This is our favourite family dinner which i’ll always make if I fancy a no-fuss, quick meal. I used to have macaroni cheese as I child and this is based on that but this bacon mac & cheese adds some bacon and other flavours to make it more interesting and substantial.


Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.

Prepare the bacon sauce

Chop the bacon, onion and tomatoes.

Fry the onions in a little oil until for a few minutes until they have softened. Add the bacon and fry for a further 5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and BBQ seasoning and continue cooking on a low heat, stirring occasionally.

Make the cheese sauce

Melt the butter in a small pan. Add the flour and stir into the butter until it is well combined. Cook for a minute.

Add the milk a little at a time stirring continuously as it thickens. I normally start with a tiny bit at first and only add the next bit when that’s fully combined as I find it stops it going lumpy.
Add the mustard powder if you have any as it will bring out the flavour of the cheese more.

Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese.
Combine everything together in one pot, stir, serve your bacon mac & cheese and enjoy!

bacon mac & cheese

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