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Chicken, broccoli and bacon gratin recipe

Diana Henry / 21 January 2015

Diana Henry shares her simple recipe for a tasty chicken and bacon gratin.

Chicken with broccoli and bacon gratin
Chicken with broccoli and bacon gratin

Cooking time

35 minutes




  • 200g broccoli, trimmed
  • 40g bacon or pancetta, cut into chunks
  • 10g unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ tbsp plain flour
  • 50ml dry white wine
  • 125ml milk
  • 1/2 tsp English mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • 45g grated Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp double cream (optional)
  • 200g cooked chicken


Sauté the pancetta or bacon in its own fat. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5.

Make a white sauce by melting the butter and stirring in the flour to form a roux.

Cook over a low heat for a couple of minutes, then take off the heat and start adding the wine a little drop at a time, stirring well after each addition to make sure the liquid is well incorporated and the mixture is lump free.

Gradually add the milk in the same way. Return to the heat once all the liquid has been added and bring to the boil, stirring all the time.

The sauce will thicken considerably. Once it’s boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about four minutes to cook the flour.

Add the mustard, seasoning and Parmesan and, once the cheese has melted, the cream (if you’re using it).

Steam or boil the broccoli until it’s just tender. Make sure you drain it well or it will make the sauce watery.

Lay the broccoli in a small gratin dish, season, then top with the chicken and bacon. Pour the sauce over the top and bake in the hot oven for 20 minutes, or until bubbling and golden.

Serve immediately. I like this with rice on the side but potatoes or buttered pasta are good too.


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