Tasty Chicken Garlic & Tomato Pie

Tasty Chicken Pie 083

Pies have to pack a punch!  You need a big whack of loveliness to go inside that pastry case.  This pie does just that and it’s a favourite Clemens’ family teatime pie!

But why pie this week?  It seems fitting as the Autumn gets underway and teatimes in our house take on a much more comfort food feel. Higgidy, the makers of pie loveliness, sent me some pie goodies and are holding a Recipe Hunt – they want your pie recipes to find the next Special Guest Pie in their range, and I know you’ll have some great recipes up your sleeves.  Have a look here  www.higgidy.co.uk/recipehunt and share your favourite recipes with them if you get chance.

Tasty Chicken Pie 006

So inspiration courtesy of Higgidy, here’s my super tasty chicken pie topped with a flaky gorgeous pastry!

Ingredients:

Pastry

225g plain flour

pinch of salt

75g white vegetable fat (Trex)

75g butter, cold diced

80ml water

Filling

2 tbsps vegetable or sunflower oil

1 large onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

750g diced chicken breast

1 tsp cayenne pepper

3 tbsps tomato puree

salt and pepper

400ml chicken stock

1 tbsp cornflour dissolved in 3 tbsps water

150ml double cream

1 egg, for egg wash

Serves: 6 (or 4 hungry people!)

Start off making the pastry – this is a sort of flaky pastry – a shortcrust that splits into layers in the same way as puff pastry. Its easy and quick to make too, perfect to make there and then for a family tea time pie.

Add the flour and salt to a large mixing bowl and stir together.

Add the cold diced butter and the white vegetable fat broken into pieces.

Tasty Chicken Pie 001

Using a table knife cut through the fats making them into smaller pieces as you work until the mixture is full of small pebbles of fat.

Tasty Chicken Pie 002 Tasty Chicken Pie 003

Make a well in the centre and add the water a little at a time, mixing with the knife until the pastry just comes together.

Tasty Chicken Pie 005

Gather it together, flour the worksurface and roll it out, patting it with flour if its sticking to the surface or your rolling pin, into a long thin rectangle.

Tasty Chicken Pie 007 Tasty Chicken Pie 008

Fold the top 1/3rd down and the bottom 1/3rd up.

Tasty Chicken Pie 009 Tasty Chicken Pie 010

Turn the pastry 90 degrees so that the folded edges are now at the side.

Tasty Chicken Pie 011

Repeat the rolling and folding until you have done the process 3 times in total.

Tasty Chicken Pie 013

Wrap the pastry in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

To make the filling, heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onions until softened.  Add the crushed garlic and fry for a further 2 minutes.

Tasty Chicken Pie 014

Add the chunks of chicken and cook until the meat is sealed.

Tasty Chicken Pie 016

Into the pan add the cayenne pepper (it’s not at all spicy if using 1 teaspoon but if you do want some heat to it just add more) and tomato puree.  Season well with salt and pepper and stir well to combine.

Tasty Chicken Pie 017 Tasty Chicken Pie 018

Pour in the chicken stock and allow to simmer for 10 minutes or so until the mixture reduces to just cover the chicken.

Add the cornflour dissolved in water and stir until the sauce thickens.

Tasty Chicken Pie 028

Stir through the cream and simmer on a low heat for a further 5 minutes.

Tasty Chicken Pie 029

Remove from the heat and allow the filling to cool.

Preheat the oven to 190c (fan)/210c/Gas Mark 8.

Once the filling mixture has cooled pour it into your pie tin.  Higgidy sent me a birdy pie funnel so never having used one I’m making use of it here!  They aim to allow the steam to escape evenly from the pie preventing the pastry from cracking and the filling from bursting out.

Tasty Chicken Pie 030

Take the pastry from the fridge and roll it out slightly larger than your pie dish.

Cut strips from around the edges of the rolled out pastry.

Tasty Chicken Pie 033

Dampen the lip of your pie dish and line the top using the cut strips.

Tasty Chicken Pie 036

Dampen the pastry lip (cut a cross in the centre of the pastry if using a funnel) and lay it over the top of your pie.  Seal together the pastry around the edge of the tin and trim any excess away with a sharp knife.

Tasty Chicken Pie 039 Tasty Chicken Pie 040

Lightly score the pastry top with a sharp knife in a diamond pattern, brush well with egg wash.

Tasty Chicken Pie 041

Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the pastry is golden and the filling is piping hot.

Tasty Chicken Pie 042Serve!

 Tasty Chicken Pie 083Tasty Chicken Garlic & Tomato Pie

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
This entry was posted in Pastry, Pie, Tomato. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Tasty Chicken Garlic & Tomato Pie

  1. Alison says:

    I love that cute blackbird. I am a great fan of tomato and garlic so this pie is right up my street. Looks lovely

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *