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One Pan Creamy Basil Chicken With Bacon & Corn And Cauli-Mash

One Pan Creamy Basil Chicken With Bacon & Corn And Cauli-Mash

One Pan Creamy Basil Chicken With Bacon and Corn what can I say about you. You are super easy quick to make, you're fuss-free and only require a handful of ingredients. Can make you in one pan so fewer dishes for this tired mum to wash up and oh let's not forget how utterly delicious you are. I mean who can't pass up bacon in a dish. Uh, not me. I am a bacon fiend. It's a weakness that I find it hard to resist anything with bacon in it. Tell me you are the same? I feel like these days my cooking style has changed from loving to cook and experimenting in the kitchen to survival mode and feeling like anything that requires more than a couple of steps is far too hard for me to cook on a weeknight. I mean I feel like by the end of the day I've fed enough humans every couple of hours why the heck do they need to eat dinner too. Can't they just eat cereal and be happy about it?

One Pan Creamy Basil Chicken With Bacon & Corn And Cauli-Mash | The Whimsical Wife

The act of cooking dinner for the family each night is a process which I feel like a fight against a lot. Around morning tea time I consult the menu plan as to what we are having for dinner (menu plan is a survival mode mum's lifesaver) and pull out what meat I need to cook for said dinner. Now if I had my head screwed on I would cook what I can for dinner when the kid's go down for a nap in the afternoon but I am just so jolly tired that I glance at the food on the bench and go "meh" and go and have a nap or read a book instead. Sometimes you just gotta switch off from the world. When 3.30pm rolls around and chaos reigns with all the kids whining at my feet for snacks, they're tired, want to watch cartoons, or trying to juggle helping out with homework I then think dammit I should have cooked dinner earlier. Still haven't learnt my lesson though. Ha. 

One Pan Creamy Basil Chicken With Bacon & Corn And Cauli-Mash | The Whimsical Wife
One Pan Creamy Basil Chicken With Bacon & Corn And Cauli-Mash | The Whimsical Wife

This One Pan Creamy Basil Chicken With Bacon & Corn is a sister recipe to my Creamy Chicken Thighs With Mushrooms & Herbs. Except this one has a different flavour profile and it's got BACON. Need I say more. Since I had my lazy pants on I went with serving the chicken with a simple but oh so delicious Cauli-mash that is my go-to comfort food with a dish like this. This dish is perfect in the deep of winter, early autumn or in my case the tendrils of spring reaching into the cold depths of winter tantalising us with how close it is. Whatever the weather is at your place make sure you add this dish to your menu plan and I promise you if you have your lazy pants on like I did it will be the perfect dinner for your family. 

One Pan Creamy Basil Chicken With Bacon & Corn And Cauli-Mash | The Whimsical Wife

P.s This dish would make a great slow cooker meal. I mean just fry off the bacon before adding to the crockpot or slow cooker and add the rest of the ingredients. Cook it for 4-6 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Add the cornflour about 30 minutes before serving to thicken the gravy. 

One Pan Creamy Basil Chicken With Bacon & Corn And Cauli-Mash

Prep Time: 15-20 min

Cook Time: 35-45 min

Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 4 rashers shortcut bacon, sliced thinly
  • 900g chicken thighs
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 400g can corn
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely sliced
  • 400ml cup coconut cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 4 tbsp water
  • Garnish - 1 tbsp fresh basil finely sliced
Cauli-Mash
  • 700g cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

Place a large fry pan over medium heat and add the strips of bacon to the pan. Fry the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon and place onto paper towel to drain.

In the same pan add the chicken thighs and cook for 5-6 minutes each side until the golden brown and caramelised. Remove from the pan to a tray.

Again in the same pan add the olive oil, onion, garlic and saute until translucent. Add corn to the pan along with the white wine, chicken stock and coconut cream. Add the chicken thighs back to the pan and top with fresh basil and bacon strips. Season with salt and pepper and simmer on low for 35-45 minutes or until the chicken is tender and falling apart.

Stir the cornflour into the water and add to the pan and stir until the sauce thickens. Top with fresh basil and serve with Cauli-mash.

Cauli-Mash

Add the chopped cauliflower, chicken stock and coconut oil to a large saucepan. Place a lid on and bring to the boil. Turn down and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender. Using a stick blender, blend the cauliflower until smooth and creamy.

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