Sautéed Chicken with Cider and Lovage

The early autumn flavours in this easy chicken casserole can be enjoyed with a generous serving of hot mash and seasonal vegetables.

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 50 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes 60 minutes 10 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 500ml bottle Leckford Farm Cox’s Apple Vintage Cider
  • 8 skinless Chicken Thigh Fillets
  • 2 tsp Schwartz Ground Allspice
  • 40g butter
  • 2 Cox’s apples, cored and cut into wedges
  • 250g pack mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • ½ x 25g pack fresh lovage, finely shredded (see Cook’s tips)
  • 4 tbsp double cream


  1. Place the cider in a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer until reduced by half.
  2. Rub the chicken thighs on both sides with the allspice and a little salt.
  3. Melt half the butter in a large, deep-sided frying pan or sauté pan with lid, and fry the apple wedges and mushrooms until golden. Drain with a slotted spoon and place on a plate. Keep warm.
  4. Melt the remaining butter in the pan and fry the chicken pieces, in batches if necessary, until lightly browned. Stir in the reduced cider and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook gently covered for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Return the apples and mushrooms to the pan with the lovage and cream. Season to taste and heat gently for 5 minutes, before serving with piping hot mashed potato.