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January 4, 2015 posted by littlewhitecottage

How to make a simple chicken pie… (Hubbie’s amazingly tasty chicken pie!)

A couple of days ago I wrote about how Hubbie made his stock (have a look here if you’d like to see his recipe) that he was going to use to make a chicken pie with the leftovers of our roast chicken. Although he’d made stock before he’d not made a pie so this was a bit of a culinary adventure for him and his trusty Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall (through his book ‘Meat’ which is Hubbie’s cooking bible).

This is what he did…

He browned the chicken in a frying pan and put it to one side. He fried off 4 diced shallots in a pan with 2 cloves of garlic sweating them rather than frying them on too hot a heat to make sure they didn’t go brown. He put the shallot/garlic mixture in a saucepan and added his stock. He added around 100ml of cream, 1/2 glass of white wine, a couple of sprigs of Thyme he then sprinkled a couple of tablespoons of flour to thicken the mixture. He put the chicken in the casserole dish (below) with the leftover veggies from the roast and then poured in the gravy so it covered the chicken.

chicken pie 1 +1

Using filo pastry Hubbie covered the dish with a large piece adding some ninja’s using our new cutters the boys got in the advent calendar as well as a smiley face.

chicken pie 2 +2

He wasn’t sure how long to cook it for as it was a large dish and something he’d not done before so he just put it into the warm oven on 180 degrees for 40 minutes and then kept checking it until it was cooked.

Here it is

chicken pie 3 +3

The boys loved the ninjas!

chicken pie 5 + 5

Tobes and Ollie got the ninjas and Henry had the smiley face which he seemed very happy with.

We all thought it tasted amazing and we all had seconds which was just as well as it was a huge dish that was made and it had been previously cooked so we couldn’t cook it again.

Overall the pie was more like a stew as it was a little runny so Hubbie will make sure the gravy is much thicker before it goes in the oven. Saying that this didn’t affect the taste one bit as it really was delicious.

I’m pleased he did the pie as we normally just make a curry out of the leftover chicken roast and this gives us something else we can do that also uses up any leftover veg.

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