My first memories of this dish are from the early eighties when mum used to make it as a quick meal when we got back in late from some place or another. Now she says she was given this recipe by her mum but has no idea where she got it from in turn. Perhaps it came from a meal she made up of home grown courgettes, left over chicken from a sunday roast and some white sauce – who knows?
Making this for the first time in years after we got back in late last night, brought back the memories of how much I used to enjoy this very simple meal. I have since added a new culinary twist to the dish – my 21st century addition to the family recipe – white wine.
It took me, using the recipe below, about 5 to 10 mins (at a slow tired pace) to put the ingredients together and 20 to 25 mins to bake in the oven – enough time to read my post, newspaper headlines and begin to unwind.
All I will say is that I had never made it for my partner before and she loved it as much as I did all over again.
Amounts depend on how hungry you are:
2 Tins of M&S Chunky Chicken in White Sauce
Grated Cheese for the topping
1 Glass of White Wine
Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F Gas 4 or 170C Fan Oven.
1 Thinly slice the courgettes length ways and place them in the bottom of an oven proof dish then season well.
2 Pour over the sliced courgettes the glass of white wine.
3 Empty the tins of chicken in white sauce over the courgettes.
4 Cover the bake with the cheese for the topping.
5 Bake in the oven for about 20 to 25 mins and take out once the topping is browning nicely.
6 Serve with… well just about anything you like – crusty bread, potatoes, beans etc.