Chicken Casserole with Cheesy Herb Dumplings

carrotsBy Good Food Channel

Serves 6-8


1 chicken, (1.8kg)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
350 g unsliced rindless streaky bacon, cut into 1–2cm pieces
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 large carrots, cut into 2cm slices on the diagonal
700 ml chicken or vegetable stock
a few sprigs thyme

For the cheesy herb dumplings:
350 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
300 ml buttermilk or soured milk
2 tbsp finely chopped mixed herbs, such as parsley thyme, rosemary or chives
25 g cheddar cheese, finely grated