Farmhouse Chicken – Le Creuset Cast Iron Challenge

le creuset - chicken recipeLe Creuset kitchenware is very high up on my WANT list and these beautiful pieces of kitchen equipment are so adaptable and easy to use. You can use a pot to stew, braise, simmer or bake.

I have been sent a 20 cm round casserole pot by McArthurGlen Designer Outlets The centres stock a variety of luxury, designer and premium brands, but reduced by up to 70%. For cookware this includes: Le Creuset, ONEIDA, Viners, ProCook and Amefa to name a few.

McArthurGlen have challenged me to a recipe fight off against another 4 bloggers and my recipe will be judged by a Le Creuset chef who will score each recipe out of 20 and award points (out of 5) to the following categories:

– Presentation
– Creativity and innovation
– Cooking expertise
– Social votes

Le Creuset

After much pondering on a winning recipe – I can’t wait to try baking bread in my pot – I have gone for a simple everyday recipe to help busy girls out there put a nutritious meal on the table that will suit all of the family, can be done in half an hour and is an economical meal to produce and I’m calling it – very ingeniously Farmhouse Chicken. My prize, should I be so lucky to win, will be a £250 Le Creuset voucher

What’s in it for you?

Everyone who votes my recipe via Twitter will also be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Le Creuset voucher – so there’s also a good reason for you to get involved too. @LeCreusetUK click on the link and get voting now!

Farmhouse chicken

farmhouse chickenIngredients

 4 chicken quarters
1 onion
2 carrots
1 celery stick
2 cloves of garlic
1 glass of red wine
1 tin of tomatoes 400g
chopped fresh tomatoes
salt and pepper


Brown the chicken pieces on both sides in a frying pan with the skin on for about 10 minutes until golden coloured. Place in your casserole dish

chicken quarters browned

In the same frying pan prepare your soffritto – onion, carrots, celery and garlic finely chopped – sweat them until they are soft for about 5 minutes and then add to your casserole dish.


Add the chopped fresh tomatoes

chopped tomatoes

Add the glass of wine and the tin of tomatoes, the salt and pepper, rosemary and parsley, stir well, cover and cook for at least 30 minutes

Serve with new potatoes or chunks of fresh bread – maybe made in another pot, but that’s another post ;)

Now please please spread the word and ask everyone to vote for my recipe :)


  1. AnnieMammasaurus
    May 9, 2013 / 12:49 PM

    Ooo I love my Le Creuset bits – off to vote for you, I’ll try your recipe too – my kids would love it. I have a ruddy brilliant Catalan Fish Stew recipe that I make in mine that I’m off to add to my shopping list now – you have poked me (so to speak!)

  2. Helen Sims The good life mum
    May 9, 2013 / 2:09 PM

    Oh this looks really lovely wish i could have been there to eat some

  3. May 9, 2013 / 5:36 PM

    That looks really REALLY scrumptious! Off to vote… :)

    • May 9, 2013 / 6:01 PM

      PS Have just updated my weekend Ocado order with these ingredients on it–Friday night will be Mari’s Farmhouse Chicken! x

      • Mari
        May 10, 2013 / 10:23 AM

        Marvellous! It’s dead simple and very quick too, I may be tempted to add a bit of spice next time when not offering to the girls ;)

  4. @KarenBurnsBooth
    May 9, 2013 / 5:43 PM

    This looks amazing and I LOVE your step-by-step photos too! I will happily vote for you as I need to vote for one of us in the cast iron challenge, and it can’t be me!! Karen

    • Mari
      May 10, 2013 / 10:22 AM

      Then let’s do a swap vote and we will start off at the same point ;)

      • @KarenBurnsBooth
        May 13, 2013 / 8:42 PM

        Good idea Mari! XX

  5. Liz Burton
    May 14, 2013 / 10:41 AM

    Looks amazing Mari! I voted for you, good luck x

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