Chicken, Vegetables and Mashed Potato in the Varoma (Thermomix Version Only)

Chicken Vegetables and Mash

As a Thermomix Consultant, I always get lots of people saying that they don’t use their Varoma’s enough… I use my Varoma nearly every day. At the very least it is used to steam my chicken for lunches, veggies for dinner and sticky date puddings…!

Whether you own a TM31 or Tm5 if you don’t use your Varoma, you are not utilising one of the best functions of the Thermomix. I just thought I would do this post on how I make my chicken, vegetables and mashed potato. It will just give you a bit of an idea on how to use your Varoma and how the layering really helps.


This recipe was made in the TM31, but can be made exactly he same way in the TM5 on manual.


500 – 600g chicken breasts


20g Oil (I used coconut but olive oil is great too)

Approximately 700g potatoes (as many as you can fit in to the mixing basket)

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Stock Paste

Variety of In Season Vegetables

1200g Water

40g Butter (at your taste)

20g Milk (at your taste)

Chicken Vegetables and Mash

Vegetables prepped and ready to go. That is onion and garlic granules sprinkle on the cabbage and zucchini.


1. Slice chicken breast into large strips, and place into a bowl, season with seasoning and cover in oil. Massage the seasonings into the oil and leave to marinate while you deal with the vegetables.

Chicken Vegetables and Mash

I used Herbamare and smokey paprika on this chicken.

2. Wash and chop potatoes into small to medium sized piece, (you can peel the potatoes if you want nice white mash, but I don’t mind not peeling as long as they are not dirty) and place into the mixing basket.

3. Into the mixing bowl, measure the water and place in the stock, then put the mixing basket (which has the potatoes in it) into the mixing bowl. Place the lid on mixing bowl and place the Varoma on top of the lid.

Chicken Vegetables and Mash

4. Place the harder vegetables into the bottom of the Varoma, leaving the softer vegetable for later. Place the second layer of the Varoma in and place the marinated chicken onto the layer. It doesn’t matter if they are all squashed up, the will get cooked. (I also sprinkled some garlic and onion granolas on my cabbage and zucchini).

Chicken Vegetables and Mash

The carrots are buried underneath at the bottom

5. Place the lid on the Varoma and cook 15 minutes/Varoma/speed 2.

Chicken Vegetables and Mash

6. After 15 minutes, place the softer vegetables on top of the harder ones. Separate your partially cooked chicken with the spatula as there will be a bit more room now because the chicken shrinks when cooking. Cook for another 15 – 20 minutes/Varoma/speed 2, depending on how large you cut your chicken and vegetables. If your vegetables are cooked to your liking before your chicken, just place them in a ThermoServer and continue cooking your chicken until it is done.

7. When cooked, remove Varoma and set aside, remove basket with spatula and set aside, empty bowl of seasoned water, secure in butterfly and place in potato with butter and milk (optional). Whip 10 seconds/speed 4, or until it is the consistency you desire.

Chicken Vegetables and Mash

You don’t have to have them all mixed up like me, you can easily put them into sections in the bottom of the Varoma.

8. Serve up your chicken and vegetables with mashed potato and enjoy,

JUST A NOTE … you can keep the liquid from the bowl and then when your done, put it back into the thermomix with any left over chicken and vegetables and you have a nice chicken and veggie soup, just cook for another 10 minutes/Varoma/speed 1, to heat and combine.

I hope this helps a few of you to enjoy your varoma a bit more… of course instead of potatoes you could use sweet potato or a combination of both. You can also do the same thing, with rice, but you will need to cook it at a 20 minutes/100/speed 4, then set a side the rice in the ThermoServer and keep cooking your chicken and vegetables at Varoma temperate until cooked.

Everyone like these vegetables are varying degrees of softness, so this is just a guide,  you can have a go and figure out the times that suit the way you and your family enjoy their vegetables.

You can also just do the vegetables in the Varoma and have two layers plus the basket and cook some steak on the BBQ 🙂

Below are a list of seasonings that I have used to marinate my meat and or vegetables. There are so many, but here are a few (I could go on for ever) that you may like, but use what your family enjoys.

** Types of seasonings.

salt and pepper


Smokey paprika

Mixed herbs

Garlic, ginger, chilli

Honey and soy

Spice rubs

Taco seasoning

Fresh tarragon

What ever you do, I hope this has helped you to look at your Varoma and use it a bit more

Enjoy Irresponsibly!

Liz xx


If you like this dish, maybe you might like these?

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Chicken Carbonara (Thermomix Method Included)

Creamy Chicken Carbonara

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I have been cooking since I can remember. I am a Thermomix consultant, so now (whenever possible) try to give you Conventional AND Thermomix methods for the recipes. I like to share tips on how to save money and how making food from scratch isn't really that hard (especially with a Thermomix). If you have any questions about the Thermomix or cooking/food in general please email me as I'm happy to chat.
Liz xx
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  1. Anna @ shenANNAgans

    I am soooooooooooo impressed with what the Thermomix can do. Love this feed, we often do similar meals during the week, they are hearty and warming comfort feeds. Especially loving the cabbage.

    *10 year old Anna shakes her head that I would ever suggest such a crazy thought as eating cabbage and green vegetables. LOL!

  2. Hotly Spiced

    Looks like a wonderful mid-week meal with lots of vegetables and flavour and an excellent method for cooking it. And I like how the leftover water can be used to make a soup xx

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Charlie… Yes it is a great way of cooking to retain flavour 🙂

  3. Annette Taljaard

    Thanx! Really helpful.

  4. Trudi Stubbs

    I don’t use my varoma much. Cooked this tonight, and I just devoured the veggies. I’m not usually a big fan of cabbage, but it was really tasty steamed with veggie stock.
    I’ll definitely be cooking this meal again

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      That is great to hear Trudie, I’m so glad you liked it 🙂

  5. Erica

    I used my Varoma for the first time last night … For the past two years my thermo has been an expensive grater .. Cooked chicken and cashews .. Was totally amazed … Now I can cook my potatoes and other veg at the same time. Thank you

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Wow Erica!!!!
      That is wonderful to hear… It is such a fantastic machine and unfortunately some people don’t use it to its best advantage… If you can get along to a few cooking classes they will inspire you too… and also try out varoma recipes on the Recipe community… Just give it a go… Like anything it is all trial and error. Some recipes you will love, some you will need to tweak and others you just won’t like…. Keep going, try something new every week. I made focaccia for the first time this week and I am a consultant and have been using my Thermomix non stop for 1 year… so we can all do new things all the time. Thanks so much for dropping in and saying hi I really appreciate it!
      Liz xx

  6. Chris Cooper

    I’m one of those people that don’t utilise my varoma, so this recipe will encourge me to do so. I often make the mashed potato – it is the BEST mashed potato I have ever tasted. Thanks Liz. Enjoy your week. Love Chris xx

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      That is good to hear Chris, this mash isn’t as creamy as it is cooked in stock water, but I think it is still really nice, normal food, you have a good one too! 🙂 Liz xx


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