Boasting is not really my forte (who am I kidding? It totally is) but this chicken pie is delicious enough to make grown men weep. It reaches new levels of deliciousness and is difficult to describe in any known human language, so mere English words like ‘divine’, ‘so flavour’, ‘much tasty’, will have to do. I make it for The Boyfriend when he’s had a bad day and it brings a little sunshine to his world – and it will to yours too! It’s based on a recipe I found on the internet one time and has since been adapted to my own creative cooking genius.
- One whole roasted chicken, meat removed and chopped (I buy the prepared one from Woolworths, but you could also stir fry four chicken breasts)
- One chopped onion
- Two chopped baby potatoes, or one chopped big potato
- 250ml cream (I used low fat and you couldn’t taste the difference)
- 500ml chicken stock (use your judgement – you might need more or less)
- A handful of thyme
- Frozen peas and corn
- One sheet of puff pastry (and some egg or milk to brush on make it go brown)
- Salt to flavour
- Ground cumin
- Ground coriander
- Olive oil
- 3 tsps cornstarch (use your judgement here)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree C.
- Warm up a glug of olive oil in a pan .
- Add chopped onions, potatoes and spices (with a little salt) and fry lightly until the onions are soft and have sweetened.
- Add the chicken to the softened onions and par-cooked potatoes.
- Pour in the stock until it covers the chicken, and add in a quarter of the cream, as well as the thyme and frozen peas and corn.
- Let the mixture simmer, and gently add some cornstarch and more cream. Continue adding cream until it’s finished, letting it cook off between pouring more in. This adds richness to the flavour. WARNING: Do NOT forget the cornstarch. I have before and it makes a very runny, not very delicious pie.
- When the mixture is looking good, put it into a dish you are going to cook and serve it in.
- Roll out your puff pastry lid (I again turn to Woolies for a pre-made one; I have a job too you know!) and plak it on top, covering the top fully.
- Decorate if you wish, brush lightly with a beaten egg or some milk.
- Put in the oven for 20 minutes or so, and lastly,
If you have your own divine recipe or any tips or tricks, PLEASE let me know – would love to hear in the comments!