Friday, April 17, 2009

Home made chicken pie

Tonight, we had home made chicken pie for dinner. This is another recipe that we've perfected over the years. It's a little more su-sah than my shepherd's pie because it requires you to make the pastry but it's a good one dish meal and leftovers are easy to reheat for lunch.

Ingredients (pastry):

500g plain flour, sifted
190g butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
milk or water as needed
pinch of salt

Ingredients (filling):

1 cup water
1 can Campbell's Cream of Chicken Mushroom
10 pcs chicken thigh, remove skin and bone, diced
4 potatoes, diced
2 carrots, diced
3 tbsp peas
2 hard boiled eggs, quartered (optional)
Oil and garlic

Chicken Pie
  1. Fry garlic in oil until golden brown.
  2. Add chicken, stir fry for a few minutes.
  3. Add potatoes, carrots, peas and water. Bring to a boil and simmer until all ingredients are cooked.
  4. Add Campbell's soup. Stir until mixture is thick and creamy.
  5. Leave aside to cool while making pastry.
  6. Rub butter into flour until mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Add salt.
  7. Stir in egg (leave a little aside) and milk, combine into a firm dough.
  8. Knead until smooth.
  9. Shape pastry into base of mini pie moulds.
  10. Add hard boiled egg if desired, pour filling into moulds.
  11. Shape pastry to cover mould and crimp sides to seal.
  12. Use a fork to poke holes on top of pie.
  13. Use remaining egg mixture to brush top of pie.
  14. Preheat oven to 210 degrees celcius.
  15. Bake for 35 mins.
As usual, I'm the queen of short cuts when it comes to cooking and I've found that Campbell's soup forms a tasty, creamy base. You can also use their chicken soup or mushroom soup, there's no discernible difference. What you get is a very moist chicken pie, which is just the way I like it.


Lilian said...

Wahhh, looks so scrumptious. I love chicken pie, especially moist ones. But really looks leceh to make, I think I'll just invite myself to your place when you cook chicken pie then.

monlim said...

Yah, I guess it's easy for me cos I have a maid to help (actually she does everything now LOL).

So next time when you visit, I have to make chicken pie, shepherd's pie and carrot cake hah? Nebber mind, just bring lots of Lindt chocolate, hehe.

Alcovelet said...

I lurve a good pie crust, especially the buttery ones, yum. Will definitely look this up to do. Do you know of a good curry recipe for curry puff? Looks like the key is to make sure the filling is creamy rather than dry or overly moist?

monlim said...

Ad: I don't make curry puffs cos I can't make curry! My mil makes and gives us curry puffs lah, so no need to make myself :D This pastry would work for curry puff too. Some recipes call for 250g butter to 500ml flour which makes it very buttery, but I find that it makes the pastry so soft that it's hard to shape and keeps breaking. So you'll probably need to find a balance that suits your tastes.

Anonymous said...

Mon, this pie looks so good!! I have tried your shepherd's pie and my family loves it. Tks!

Will try this out too! Tks for sharing the recipe. ^_^


monlim said...

Chris: That's great! I never dreamed I would actually be able to share recipes, very glad your family loves the shepherd's pie!!

Elan said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe.
I have tried making similar pies but the bottom and sides of my pies always turn out soggy and undercooked.
What is your method for getting the crust crispy all around?

bACk in GERMANY said...

I'm so ashamed that our oven's still not been fixed... :(
Don't ask me why... lots of other things not done yet, e.g. no passports for me and K, wanted to make appts for dental and medical checks for the kids... Yes, I procrastinate.

Erm, can I order chicken pie from you too. Looks so yummy. I gotta go to Polar and get some to satisfy my craving now!
Why don't you join us the next time we have a picnic?

monlim said...

Elan: I find that this tends to happen with my pies too, but since I've reduced the butter portion to 190g (from the original 250g), it's less of a problem. The easiest quick fix is, before eating, pop the pies into a toaster oven for 5mins, you'll get a crispier crust :)

Cindy: Would love to join you! But I think it's the day you gals meet that's usually not good for me. Maybe in the June hols we can arrange something with the kiddos.

Charmaine said...

I came across your blog from another "Wrong Side of Thirty". The chicken pie looks delicious. I have never made my own pastry, I usually buy it from the supermarket. Must try this. Thanks for sharing.

monlim said...

Charming: Thanks! Do let me know how yours turns out!

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