Classic Kiwi Chicken Pie: A Comforting Dinner

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Chicken pie – a true Kiwi classic that never goes out of style. Savory, hearty, and bursting with flavor, it’s the perfect dish for a cozy night in or a satisfying family dinner. This recipe offers a delicious take on the traditional chicken pie, using readily available ingredients and simple techniques.

Ingredients:

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For the Filling:

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

  • For the Crust (You can choose to use store-bought puff pastry for a quicker option):

    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 125g cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water

  • Egg Wash (Optional):

    1 egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • Directions:

    Making the Filling:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
    2. Increase the heat slightly and add the diced chicken. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned on all sides.
    3. Add the carrots and celery to the pot and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until slightly softened.
    4. Pour in the chicken broth, tomato paste, soy sauce, thyme, and rosemary. Season generously with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
    5. Stir in the frozen peas and cook for another minute until heated through. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the chopped parsley.

    Making the Crust (if not using store-bought puff pastry):

    1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
    2. Gradually add the ice-cold water, one tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork until the dough just comes together. Be careful not to overmix.
    3. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using.

    Assembling the Pie:

    1. Preheat oven to 200°C (fan bake). Lightly grease a 9-inch pie dish.
    2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Use the dough to line the bottom and sides of your prepared pie dish. Trim any excess dough from the edges.
    3. Pour the chicken filling into the prepared pie crust.
    4. If using store-bought puff pastry, follow the package instructions for defrosting and preparation. Drape the puff pastry over the filling, crimping the edges to seal it with the bottom crust. Cut a few vents in the top of the pastry for steam to escape.
    5. For a golden brown crust (optional), whisk together the egg yolk and milk to create an egg wash. Brush the top of the pie with the egg wash.
    6. Bake the chicken pie for 40-45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.

    Serve:

    Let the pie cool slightly before slicing and serving. Enjoy your delicious homemade chicken pie with a side of mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a simple green salad.

    Nutritional Facts (per serving):

    Please note that this is an approximate estimate and can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Calories: 500-600

  • Fat: 30-40g
  • Protein: 30-40g
  • Carbohydrates: 40-50g
  • Sodium: 500mg (depending on the amount of salt used)

  • Conclusion:

    This classic Kiwi chicken pie recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. With its simple yet flavorful ingredients and flaky crust, it’s a dish that everyone will enjoy. So next time you’re looking for a comforting and satisfying meal, give this recipe a try!

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