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Our hearty, warming chicken hotpot recipe with vegetables and a sliced potato topping, is the perfect, easy, one-pot family meal. Serve with green beans and pickled beetroot then tuck-in!

A chicken hotpot is one of our favourite recipes for chicken breast. A simple one pot family meal that you can serve up with seasonal vegetables and some crusty bread for a really cosy, warming dinner.

It’s a lighter twist on a lamb or sausage hotpot but still super tasty and really easy to make.

chicken hotpot alongside a bowlful of green beans and bowl of sliced beetroot

Chicken Hotpot Ingredients

Our easy one-pot chicken recipe just needs a few wholesome ingredients – fresh vegetables, chicken breast and some store cupboard supplies.

chicken hotpot ingredients on a wooden board - peeled potatoes in a pan, peeled sliced carrots in a bowl, bowl of chopped celery, bowl of chopped onions, bowl of diced chicken breast, small saucer with salt, pepper, thyme and oregano, chicken stockpot and cup with cornflour in it.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil – you can use sunflower or rapeseed oil if you prefer
  • 1 small onion – peeled and finely diced
  • 2 sticks celery – scrubbed and finely sliced
  • 500g chicken breast – diced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Pinch salt and black pepper
  • 2 heaped tsp cornflour
  • 6 medium potatoes – peeled and chopped in halves

Equipment Needed To Make Our Chicken Hotpot Recipe

  • Chopping Board
  • Vegetable Knife
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Large Saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Ovenproof Casserole or Deep Pie Dish

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How To Make Chicken Hotpot

Our hot pot recipe is super simple and faff free and one of our favourite kid friendly recipes. Easy enough for a weeknight dinner.

chicken hotpot on a wooden board with bowl of green beans and sliced beetroots

Step One – Parboil The Potatoes

  • Place the potatoes into a saucepan, cover with cold water, add a pinch of salt and bring them to the boil. Then reduce the heat and boil for around 7-8 minutes until just tender. Once tender, drain and set aside to cool a little.

Step Two – Start The Chicken Hot Pot Filling

  • Add the olive oil to a large saucepan over a medium heat.
  • Tip in the chopped onions and celery and sauté for around 5 minutes, until starting to turn translucent.
chopped celery and onions being sautéed in olive oil in a black Le Creuset saucepan being stirred with a wooden spoon
  • Add the diced chicken and fry with the onions and celery until the outside of the chicken turns a white colour.
diced chicken being browned in a black Le Creuset saucepan with chopped celery and chopped onions
  • Next, tip in the carrots, dried thyme, oregano, cornflour and season with salt and black pepper. Mix everything together.
  • Then add the chicken stockpot and stir into the chicken and vegetables using a wooden spoon.
diced chicken, chopped onions and celery, diced carrots, in a black Le Creuset saucepan with dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, pepper and a chicken stockpot - all being stirred together with a wooden spoon
  • Pour in enough boiling water to just cover the chicken and vegetables and then bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and then simmer with the lid on for around 20 minutes until the sauce thickens and the chicken is cooked through properly.
chicken hotpot filling in a black Le Creuset saucepan being stirred with a wooden spoon

Step Three – Put The Chicken Hotpot Together

  • Preheat the oven to 200C (190C fan) / 400F / Gas Mark 6
  • Whilst the chicken hotpot filling is simmering away, carefully take the parboiled potatoes, they should be just cool enough to handle, slice them ready to top the hotpot. Don’t worry about being neat, this is good, rustic, family food.
  • Carefully tip the chicken hotpot filling into an ovenproof casserole dish.
chicken hotpot filling in an oven proof dish on a wooden board
  • Then lay the sliced potatoes on top of the chicken filling. Once you’ve covered the top it will look like a sliced potato topped chicken pie.
chicken hotpot topped with sliced potatoes, sprinkled with salt, black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil
  • At this point, I like to drizzle on a little olive oil or melted butter and add some salt and black pepper – but that’s totally optional. You could also add cheese or some extra herbs, it’s up to you, just do your thing.

Step Four – Bake the Chicken Hotpot

  • Put the chicken hotpot into the oven and bake for around 20 – 30 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the potato browning on top.
chicken hotpot alongside a bowlful of green beans and bowl of sliced beetroot

What To Serve With Hotpot?

Our easy hotpot recipe is great served with loads of different side dishes – try any of the following:

  • Green Vegetables – peas, green beans or broccoli all work with with chicken hotpot
  • Pickled Vegetables – I think it’s just the nicest thing to serve hotpot with pickled red cabbage and pickled beetroot slices. They just go so well!
  • Bread – fresh, crusty bread with a thick spreading of butter is perfect alongside a hotpot for mopping up gravy.
  • Corn Cobs – buttery corn cobs seasoned with herbs go well with chicken hotpot especially.
  • Garlic Bread – try a portion of our delicious homemade garlic bread rolls with your hotpot.

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Chicken Hotpot Recipe Tips

There’s lots of ways to really make our hotpot recipe your own – switch the ingredients or add a pie crust, bulk it up, freeze it. We’ll run you through our best tips!

Can I make a hot pot pie?

Sure you can! I usually mix the potatoes into the chicken hotpot filling, rather than lay them on top when I turn this into a pie. Then top with a shop bought pastry sheet – puff pastry or shortcrust are both delicious.

Can I make chicken hotpot ahead of time?

Yes – just assemble the hotpot with the potato topping, then cool it down (within 90 minutes) and store in the fridge until ready to bake. The hotpot will keep for up to 24 hours (as long as the ingredients you used are still within their use by date).

To cook the hotpot – heat the oven to 200C and cook for around 40-45 minutes until it is reheated thoroughly and the core temperature is at least 75C when checked with a food thermometer.

Can I freeze chicken hotpot?

When I freeze the hotpot I just freeze the hot pot filling. I don’t add the potatoes as they don’t freeze well. If freezing cool the food quickly, within 90 minutes of making and freeze once cool in an airtight, freezer safe container. The hotpot should keep well in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Defrost thoroughly before reheating and reheat thoroughly until the core temperature is at least 75C when checked with a food thermometer. I usually use this as a chicken stew and serve with mashed potatoes.

How can I make creamy chicken hotpot?

Simply replace the boiling water with a mixture of full fat milk and cream for a creamy hotpot filling.

Can I add other vegetables to my hotpot?

You can simply swap in or use whatever vegetables you like – our chicken hotpot is really nice made with…

  • Chicken and Leek Hotpot
  • Chicken and Mushroom Hotpot
  • Chicken and Lentil Hotpot

Adding extra vegetables or beans to a hotpot or casserole is a really simple way of bulking up the meal to feed more people.

Can I add any other meat to my Chicken Hotpot?

Yes – this recipe is nice with added cooked ham, bacon or even sausage meat – it all works well and tastes delicious!

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Yield: Serves 4

Chicken Hotpot

chicken hotpot alongside a bowlful of green beans and bowl of sliced beetroot

Our hearty, warming chicken hotpot recipe with vegetables and a sliced potato topping, is the perfect easy, one-pot family meal.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion - finely diced
  • 2 sticks celery - sliced
  • 500g chicken breast - diced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Chicken stock cube - we use a stock pot
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 6 medium potatoes

Instructions

  1. Place the potatoes into a saucepan, cover with cold water, add a pinch of salt and bring them to the boil. Then reduce the heat and boil for around 7-8 minutes until just tender. Once tender, drain and set aside to cool a little.
  2. Add the olive oil to a large saucepan over a medium heat.
  3. Tip in the chopped onions and celery and sauté for around 5 minutes, until starting to turn translucent.
  4. Add the diced chicken and fry with the onions and celery until the outside of the chicken turns a white colour.
  5. Next, tip in the carrots, dried thyme, oregano, cornflour and season with salt and black pepper. Mix everything together.
  6. Then add the chicken stockpot and stir into the chicken and vegetables using a wooden spoon.
  7. Pour in enough boiling water to just cover the chicken and vegetables and then bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and then simmer with the lid on for around 20 minutes until the sauce thickens and the chicken is cooked through properly.
  8. Preheat the oven to 200C (190C fan) / 400F / Gas Mark 6
  9. Whilst the chicken hotpot filling is simmering away, carefully take the parboiled potatoes, they should be just cool enough to handle, slice them ready to top the hotpot. Don’t worry about being neat, this is good, rustic, family food.
  10. Carefully tip the chicken hotpot filling into an ovenproof casserole dish.
  11. Then lay the sliced potatoes on top of the chicken filling.
  12. Put the chicken hotpot into the oven and bake for around 20 – 30 minute or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the potato browning on top.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 532Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 340mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 7gSugar: 6gProtein: 49g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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