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    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    The Best Chicken Pies - Good Picnic Food

    Have just made a delicious pie filling. I keep on going back and tasting it. 
    We are off to Matakana for the weekend and I am supplying Friday nights dinner. 
    Didn’t think, the kids would like The Baked Salmon Florentine I am going to make, so I decided to whip up some pies for them. 
    Chicken Pie Anyone? Yes Please Grandma.

    Very simple but so so tasty.
    You need to spend some time chopping. You don’t want big hunks of vege.
    Particularly for kids, they have to eat those little jewels. They don’t even notice.

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 onion, finely chopped
    1 carrot, finely chopped
    1 leek, tops removed, washed and finely chopped
    1 medium potato, chopped into little cubes
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
    1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
    1 glass white wine

    1 chicken breast, chopped roughly
    2 chicken thighs, chopped roughly
    2 tablespoons flour

    1 chicken stock cube
    1 cup hot water

    Sauté onions in olive oil in a medium hot pan till soft
    Add carrots and leeks and potato
    Season with Salt and Pepper and sauté about 3 minutes
    Keep an eye on them so they don’t brown
    Add herbs and white wine
    Raise the heat and reduce the wine
    Lower heat again and add chicken
    Stir

    Add flour and cook about 3 minutes
    Keep stirring, it can stick

    Dissolve stock cube in hot water
    Add to pan.
    Bring to boil and simmer about 30 minutes
    Let it reduce and thicken
    Cool and use to make pies.
     Lucky kids
     Now I didn't think the kids would be thrilled with the addition of parsley so I saved a bit of the filling
    Added some chopped parsley and made a couple more pies.
    All the food groups, in this pie.
    Chicken, vege, greens, (parsley)
    Water for juice
    Pastry, for the carbs
    Butter, to grease the  tins
    and Egg to wash the tops and make them pretty.
    What more could one ask for?

    2 comments:

    katiez said...

    The kids don't like parsley?!? They don't know what they're missing. I made a chicken pie a few weeks ago - cheated and used puff pastry... (I've never made a pie crust... for shame)

    So Simple said...

    As it turned out Katie Joseph did like the pie with parsley. Re pastry I have made short crust but always buy Puff/Flaky
    Other people make such a good job of it.