Thursday, July 3, 2014

Very Simple Homemade Chicken Pie Recipe

After the mini party I did for my fun ex-colleagues, I was left with some frozen puff pastry sitting neatly in the freezer. I knew I didn't want anything sweet so I finally decided to make some homemade chicken pie with them... Urm, also because Deardo and I love pies! :p
I did my research and found a few recipes but in the end I sort of mix-and-match based on my own liking and the convenient of getting the needed ingredients. For instance, I saw some recipe asking for some herbs like rosemary to be included but I changed it to bay leaves since I already have them at home.

Here are what you need:
Frozen Puff Pastry (if you have big square ones like me, you need about 3-4 sheets for six small pies using a muffin tray), butter, chopped onions and garlic, bay leaves, roast chicken (perfect if you have leftover roast chicken but I bought mine from Aeon Big at about RM12 per bird) pinched into strips, button mushrooms sliced, frozen green peas, stock of any form, white wine, cream and black pepper to taste.

What to do:
1) In a pan or pot, melt some butter.
2) Then put in the onion and garlic, simmer till they turn soft.
3) Add in the bay leaves and continue to stir for a while.
4) Then dump the chicken into the pan/pot.
5) Add some stock (in my case, I cheated, I added water then some pork stock my colleagues have gotten for me from Thailand).
6) Now add in the mushrooms and green peas. Stir them well.
7) Now some wine, just about a tablespoon will do.
8) Now some black pepper to taste.
9) Now add in the cream and let it cook (obviously mine is too much of water so please do take note not to add too much of stock/water as the mushrooms and greens peas will add water to the dish ask they boil.
10) Now move on to the pie pastry... Butter up the muffin tray.
11) Cut the pastry into square and lay them onto the tray, pressing the middle part into the round mold.
12) Scoop the cooked filling into the pastry.
13) Cover with another square pastry. Seal the pie by pressing a fork over the side of the pastry, cut off the additional pastry to make it look like round pies.
14) Brush beaten egg over the top for a brown and glossy surface.
15) Send them into a pre-heated oven at about 180c for about 20 minutes and you are done!

The pies look absolutely gorgeous when they are fresh from the oven I must say! :)
Let them cool and set for a while before carefully removing them and leave them on line tray to cool down if you are keeping them or, serve immediately. Thanks to the puff pastry, the pie has a flaky and buttery base with creamy filling that are pretty satisfying. 
We had it as dinner with a side of mixed salad and a Kim Gary-inspired Borsch Soup!
I find the recipe very simple, except for the perfecting of the shape of the pies but after some practices it got better. What I especially love about the recipe is that you can use leftover stuff like roast chicken, beef or any meat you have at home which already has some seasoning to them that will give the pie a little twist of taste. Also you can make more of the filling and keep it frozen to make the pie again anytime or even use it as a gravy over your pasta or rice! Pretty fun hey?
I have a further modification of this recipe but that shall come later. Till then, happy cooking guys! :D


Hayley said...

Eh, actually not that simple also la!
But sure looks yummy!

ShiRLeXia said...

Ok mah, I think the hardest part is just the cutting of the pastry lor... You see how ugly the shapes are??? :p

Yannie said...

You make me want to bake chicken pie. My daughter loves chicken pie. Your chicken pie looks good.

ShiRLeXia said...

Hey Yan! Me and my husband love pies too!

Thanks for the compliment and I hope you try making it with your two lovely helpers! :)