Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Chicken and Vegetable Pie

This is a perfect recipe for the long Easter weekend break. It's a celebration of Spring vegetables in the best wrapping of all...pastry. It is extremely versatile as you can change the vegetables depending on what is in season. It is also great for using up leftovers.
For this particular pie, I used 1 whole chicken, 1 large onion, 1 leek, 3 carrots and several large leaves of kale. In addition to this you will need a glass of white wine, 300ml double cream, 1/2 a chicken stock cube, bay leaves, ready made shortcrust pastry and an egg.
First of all, roast the chicken at 180C for an hour and a half or until cooked through. If you like, you can stuff half a lemon and half an onion inside the chicken before you cook it to give it extra flavour. 
When the chicken is done and cooled down a little remove all the meat and set aside. I had never de-boned a chicken before and I can tell you that once you've done it, you'll never look back. From now on I will always buy a whole chicken and divide it up - it's so much cheaper. The meat just fell off and I was left with a clean pile of bones and a huge pile of chicken.
Chop up the vegetables as the chicken is cooling. 
Start by frying the onion and leek in some butter until softened in a large pan. Add the chicken and fry for a few more minutes. Add the glass of wine and cook until almost completely gone and then add the cream and 1/2 a chicken stock cube. Add the carrots, kale and bay leaves and season. If it is looking a little dry add some water. Leave the mixture simmering for 10 minutes or until it is as thin or thick as you like it.
While the pie filling is cooking, prepare your pastry. I wish I had the time and energy to make my own pastry but it's nice not to have to worry and just get some ready made. If it's good enough for Delia, it's good enough for me. 
Roll the pastry out and cut into two; one piece a little bigger than the other. Line a nice big dish with the bigger half of the pastry and then put the filling inside. Use the other smaller half for the pie lid. Once the lid is on, use a fork (or your hands) to press the two halves together and brush the top with some beaten egg. 
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170C for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes and purple sprouting broccoli. 
This was exactly what I wanted from a chicken and vegetable pie. It was satisfying, filling and clean. This makes such a big pie so it is great to have some in the fridge for a lazy bank holiday Monday. 

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9 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Love the leeks especially!

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  2. Sounds delicious and looks beautiful.

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  3. This looks so tasty, I love chicken and vegetable pie! I wanted to let you know that I have tagged you in an Easter menu tag game, I was invited by the cajunlicious blogger. Please visit my blog to find out more and to participate.
    All the best, Natasha from the Rambles and Shambles blog!

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  4. You are right, the whole chicken is much cheaper. This chicken pie looks tasty! I agree with store bought pie dough. Sometimes there is no need to make things harder :)

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  5. This looks delicious and is brimming with wonderful fresh flavor. I love the use of leek here. It adds subtle flavor all its own. I'll wager this was as tasty as it is beautiful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  6. I love chicken and vegie pie! I have to agree with everyone else, adding leeks just makes it special. It looks delicious :):)

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  7. This pie looks really good and full of healthy ingredients ... stuffing the chicken with lemon and onion for extra flavor gives this that extra special touch.

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