Garlic Chicken and Cauliflower Bake

Garlic Chicken and Cauliflower Bake

Recipe by Riverford Farm tried and tasted by AnnabelCourse: Main MealsDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 cauliflower – if large, use ⅔ or if small use it all

  • 1 onion

  • 20g butter

  • 250g diced chicken breast

  • 1 bunch of parsley – 30g approx

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • 25g grated cheese

  • 30g breadcrumbs

  • 50ml white wine

  • 50g double cream

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • 1 bag baby spinach – 150g approx

  • Salt & pepper

  • olive oil


  • Preheat your oven to 200℃/Gas 6 and have all your ingredients washed and ready to use.
  • Remove any tough outer leaves from the cauliflower. Reserve nice-looking inner leaves. Cut the cauliflower into equal-sized florets; you want them to be quite small, so they cook in time.
  • Peel, halve and finely slice half the onion, this is all you will need (unless it’s a very small one, then use it all).
  • Transfer the cauliflower and the onion to a baking tray and spread out into an even layer. Drizzle over a little oil to coat and season well. Bake for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the butter on low heat. Set aside off the heat.
  • After 5 minutes, toss the chicken into the baking tray along with any reserved cauliflower leaves (halve any larger leaves, through the centre of the rib). Bake for a further 5 minutes, adding a little more oil, if necessary.
  • Finely chop the parsley, stalks and all. Peel and finely chop or grate the garlic.
  • In the saucepan, mix the melted butter with the parsley, garlic, cheese and breadcrumbs. Season with pepper.
  • Once the cauliflower and chicken have baked for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and gently fold through the wine, the cream and the mustard.
  • Add the spinach – mix it in a little. It will fill the tray, but there is no need to stir it until it completely wilts, it will wilt down in the oven. Scatter over the garlicky crumbs.
  • Return it to the oven for a further approx. 8-10 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender, the spinach wilted and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Check the seasoning and serve.