I want you to know that I found the most amazing French recipe, that is so easy you can make it at home anytime you want that wonderful taste of French food with this classic Normandy Chicken Casserole Recipe.
I have found a secret to making this recipe gluten-free and the best food anyone has put into their mouth yet. Go ahead have a seat, and grab a beverage and let’s talk about this wonderful recipe that will make you think you are eating at an expensive French restaurant.
What is Normandy Chicken Casserole?
This wonderful Normandy chicken casserole dish is filled with loads of vegetables and spices. It also has apples and cream to give it an amazing flavor. This dish comes from an area that specializes in apples and cream dishes.
Normandy is known for the many apple orchards that grow there and most everything is cooked in a creamy sauce. It does also have carrots, celery, onion, and mushrooms, so if you were thinking this would be a sweet dish you are mistaken.
The casserole has lots of herbs too such as garlic, thyme, rosemary, and a bay leaf, all of which go wonderful with chicken and the type of vegetables in this dish.
The granny smith apples and coconut cream, ( you may use heavy cream if you can tolerate lactose) are the two ingredients that make this dish over the top with flavor.
The Secret Ingredient
I love the way this dish tastes but I found the secret to making this dish special was the apples, and the apple brandy. However, the controversy of using alcohol and if it is gluten-free or not has made me decide to use a substitute and it made this dish absolutely wonderful.
I use the tarter tasting Granny Smith apples as to not overpower this dish with sweetness. They give this dish a flavor that can only be described as decadent.
I add honey, apple juice, and apple cider vinegar together and it makes a wonderful substitute for brandy (I am not sure it would taste as good just for drinking though) but in the cooking recipe it is beautiful.
Because of the use of this “brandy”, it gives the apple flavor a sweet yet not overpowering sweet taste. The flavor really pairs well with the chicken and vegetables.
Why Use Arrowroot Powder
The decision to use arrowroot powder in this recipe was mainly due to the fact that tapioca doesn’t do well in things that are boiled. Because the cream sauce would make the tapioca starch transform into tapioca pearls, and even though I love that effect in pudding it would not be a good texture for this dish.
Arrowroot powder is smoother and better in cream dishes with these ingredients. It makes a gluten-free cream sauce that is slightly thick and makes this dish shine. A slurry of arrowroot powder and the cream of your choice makes the base for this dish.
How to make Normandy Chicken Casserole
Normandy Chicken Casserole is so simple to make it will amaze you. The casserole has ingredients that are easy to use and easy to purchase at your local supermarket.
We start by preheating your oven to 350°, while the oven is preheating in a versa pot, brown chicken till golden, then remove chicken and add the vegetables and herbs and cook until onions are translucent.
In a glass measuring cup stir together honey and apple juice, add to the pan with vegetables to deglaze the pot.
Make a slurry out of arrowroot powder and water or chicken broth, add the slurry to pot-stirring continuously. Add apple cider vinegar to the pot while stirring slowly.
Add the chicken back to the pot and cook over medium heat with a lid on the pot, for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a separate pan, fry the apples in butter, over medium heat watching closely, until just brown. When apples are brown set the pan aside until the chicken mixture has cooked for 30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes stir in the coconut milk, and apples put the lid on the versa pot and place in the oven for 5 more minutes.
Remove bay leaf and serve.
Normandy Chicken Casserole
This chicken recipe is everything you would expect from a French meal, full of flavor and creamy with a hint of sweet, I believe the word is decadent. I have again replaced the flour, brandy, and cream in this recipe to make it gluten-free. I am amazed at the level of flavor the apples give this recipe. It tastes so good you will want this every night.
- 1 Tbs Olive Oil (Organic)
- 2 Lbs Chicken legs and thighs (Skin on, free range )
- 1 Med Onion (Peeled and Chopped)
- 1 Stalk Celery (Chopped)
- 2 Carrots (Peeled and chopped)
- 5 Mushrooms (Sliced)
- 2 Granny Smith Apples (Cored and sliced into wedges)
- 2 Cloves Garlic (Fresh, Peeled and chopped)
- ½ tsp Thyme (Chopped)
- ½ tsp Rosemary (Chopped)
- 1 Bayleaf (Organic)
- 1 Tbs Honey (Organic from a farm near you)
- 1 Cup Apple Juice (Organic, No sugar)
- ½ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic)
- ½ Cup Coconut Milk (Organic, Full Fat)
- 3 Tbs Warm Water (Purified)
- 2 Tbs Butter (Made from grass-fed Cows)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Pat chicken dry and salt all over. Brown chicken in skillet in oil till golden
Remove chicken and add onion, celery and herbs saute till softened, add garlic and mushrooms cook 30 seconds longer add apple juice and honey to deglaze pan
Stir arrowroot powder into warm water to make a slurry. Add slurry to pan slowly stirring continuously
Add apple cider vinegar stirring slowly.
Add chicken and put the pan in the oven with lid for 30 minutes.
Put butter in a separate pan add apple; fry over medium heat watching closely. When apples are brown turn pan off and set aside
After 30 minutes stir coconut milk, and apples into chicken cook 5 more minutes without the lid in the oven
Remove Bay leaf and serve
Made Gluten-free by using arrowroot powder.
You can use heavy cream if you are not lactose intolerant
Take it for a spin
I have shown you how to create this great dish but you can change it up to suit you. Making good food is all about creating something you and your family love. Everyone has their own favorite spices, vegetables, and likes, and dislikes feel free to add and take away ingredients as you like. Feel free to add or change the herbs, or vegetables as you like. Be creative and add your own flair.
However, I will caution you that the apples and “brandy” is necessary for setting this dish apart from all the other chicken casserole dishes. I do suggest you try it at least once with these ingredients.
You may also use heavy cream in place of the coconut milk if you wish. It is all a matter of taste.
I hope you enjoy this Normandy chicken casserole as much as I do. Let me know in the comments if you tried the dish and what you did to make it your own.