Chicken Pie

Who doesn’t love a pie? After roasting a chicken on Sunday I was left with a sizeable portion of cooked chicken left over and a pie seemed like a good way of putting it to use. I’d also spotted that there was a chicken pie recipe tucked away in the pages of How To Eat, but not where you might expect it – it’s in the section of recipes for babies and children!

Maybe Mark and I have immature tastes, but a closer inspection reveals that this chapter of the book includes quite a number of nice looking recipes, but today we’re focussing on this pie. I took the easy option of using shop bought pastry – not because I can’t or am opposed to the effort which goes into making regular pastry, it’s just a case of laziness and trying to minimise the amount of washing up which is created.

So to make this one, melt a knob of butter and half a chicken stock cube in a saucepan. Add a tablespoon of flour (probably plain is best, but we were out and I used self raising which although an odd choice didn’t seem to have any adverse effect) and then 300ml of full fat milk before cooking for about 10 minutes. In another pan cook 120g of sweetcorn or peas or both (we went with sweetcorn), then add the drained vegetables to the sauce along with 200g of cooked chicken (we used 300g simply because that was what we had left over from Sunday). We also added a pinch of salt, a grind of black pepper and about half a nutmeg, grated.

This was all then dished up into a cake tin (because that was what came to hand and was about the right size!) and topped with a pastry lid which was finally brushed with milk. You may also spot that I had a bit of fun making a “2HB” logo for the lid! It took about 25 minutes in the oven at 190ºC, but I then covered it with tin foil and cooked for another 20 minutes or so whilst I cooked up some new potatoes and broccoli. I was going to serve this with peas, but it turned out we’d run out.

End result? Bloody marvellous. Creamy sauce, tasty chicken and hugely, hugely satisfying. The recipe is for 4 – 6 children, but it seemed perfect for two hungry adults!