This Chicken and Mushroom Casserole should suit most reflux* sufferers, but you may need to make some substitutions to suit your own circumstances (see below)
Ingredients (for 8 portions – I like making lots and then having spare meals for my daughter to take to school and for my lunches)
- 12 skinless boneless chicken thighs, all visible fat trimmed off
- 250g chestnut mushrooms, wiped and quartered
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped (Avoid garlic if you’re doing the 2-week induction reflux diet, or if you have found that garlic triggers your reflux. If so, you can substitute with some dried thyme)
- 250ml chicken stock (I make this with Knorr Chicken stockpot – one stockpot for 500ml boiling water)
- 10g butter (Avoid this if you’re doing the2-week induction reflux diet. You can substitute this with 1/2 tbsp of olive oil)
- 8 heaped tbsp firm Silken Tofu, previously blitzed to a whipped consistency. I do this in my Nutribullet.
- 60g ‘Wild & Basmati Rice‘ per person (720g if you’re cooking for 8 people, but if you’re saving portions of chicken, you’re better off cooking the rice fresh when you need it). You can use other rice, if you prefer.
- Sea salt (fine or flakes) to taste
Once you have removed all visible fat from the chicken, season it with salt and brown all pieces on both sides in a hot non-stick casserole dish, then remove the chicken pieces from the casserole dish.
Add the mushrooms to the dish, keeping the heat high and brown for a few minutes, stirring regularly.
Once the mushrooms are nicely browned (the casserole dish should be quite dry), add the butter and finely chopped garlic and turn the heat right down to avoid burning the garlic and butter. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring regularly.
Add the chicken back into the casserole dish, along with any juices that escaped while the chicken was resting and pour in the chicken stock. Cover and simmer on a low heat for about 20 minutes.
While the chicken is simmering, cook the rice according to pack instructions, in salted water.
Remove the lid and add the tofu. Stir well to combine with the stock/juices.
Simmer with the lid off on a very low heat for another couple of minutes. The sauce will be quite runny, but silky and creamy in taste and texture.
Serve with the rice.
Gloriously Simple, Gloriously Reflux-Friendly, Gloriously Low-Fat, Gloriously Good
*Please note I am not a doctor, speech therapist or in any way medically qualified. The recipes are a combination of my interpretation of the rules outlined in the ‘Dropping Acid – The Reflux Diet’ book and ingredients that work for my reflux. If you believe you suffer from reflux, please seek advice from a medical professional to confirm your diagnosis and work out the best course of treatment/management for you. I hope that my recipes can help you as part of this management. The recipes are, by their nature, very low in fat, so are also suitable for anyone wishing to follow a low-fat diet.