Silvana Franco's pot roast chicken with mushrooms and marsala recipe

Serve this with a bowl of chunky fries and you have the ultimate brunchtime special

Ingredients (Serves 4)


  • 1.6kg/31⁄2lb free-range chicken
  • 8 shallots, peeled and halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, plus extra to garnish
  • 500ml/18fl oz hot chicken stock
  • 150ml/1⁄4pt Marsala, or medium-sweet wine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 x 250g pack baby button chestnut mushrooms, wiped
  • 1 tbsp cornflour mixed to a paste with water
  • Fluffy mashed potatoes or buttery risotto to serve


Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas 4.

Put the chicken, breast side up, in an ovenproof casserole dish or small roasting tin. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme, stock and Marsala, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then cover with a lid or foil and roast in the preheated oven for 1 hour.

Remove the lid or foil and stir in the mushrooms, then return to the oven and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until the chicken has browned and is completely cooked through.

Transfer the chicken to a warm serving dish and leave to rest for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the casserole or roasting tin on the heat, stir in the cornflour paste and bring to the boil, stirring until the gravy thickens. Serve with creamy mash or buttery risotto.


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