There are times when the leftovers can be better than the main event – or at least seemingly so – and a chicken pie must rate as one of the best comfort foods as well as being nutritious! Using leftovers can bring out your creative side – and it is fun to bring together the leftover food – so much better than throwing it away!
Leftover meals can be just as good, if not better than the original meal – and bring out your creative side!
Roast meat can produce a lot of leftovers to work with and can even produce several meals. Make it go further by addng vegetables (leftover or freshly cooked). One of the joys of cooking a roast dinner is knowing there will be plenty for another day.
Chicken Risotto is another easy leftovers recipe
Chicken And Vegetable Pie
For a chicken pie cearly you will need some cooked chicken. But you can use this recipe for any leftover meat such as turkey. You can make individual pies or one big one depending on how much leftovers you have and how many people you are feeding.
Make only enough that will be eaten to avoid any food waste as the general advice is not to reheat cooked chicken more than once.
Your Pie – Just As You Like It
The pies I made were individual chicken pies. The quantities in this recipe are rough for a guide (except the pastry!) you use can use just what you have – or what you fancy! If you have less meat, add a few more vegetables to make up the quantity. I seasoned the pie with some dried tarragon but you can add whateve seasoning you like.
The pie can be made with any leftover pastry you have in the fridge, make some up especially or use ready made pasty. I only use pastry as a topping, not underneath
I make the individual pies using some vintage type pie dishes I found in a charity shop. You can however buy similar ones new like these Porcelain Crockery Set – Traditional Brown Oval Pie Bowl / Dish 44Hx145Wx104mmD (Box 6) – great for serving hot food from your oven to your table!
Serve the pie with some mashed potato, bubble and squeak or any vegetables you like.
- 140g / 5oz plain flour
- 70g /2.5 oz butter or maragrine
- 2-3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil or similar
- 180g / 1oz Leftover chicken, shredded
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 6 mushrooms sliced
- 2 tablespoons cooked vegetables
- 1 dessert spoon (heaped) plain flour
- 200ml milk
- 1 teaspoon tarragon
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, rub in the flour and butter lightly iwth your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs
- Add the water and draw together the flour and water until it forms a dough
- Refridgerate in a covered container or polythene bag for at least 30 minutes
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan
- Add the onion and cook for a few minutes until transparant
- Add the mushrooms and cookuntil they have changed colour
- Add the chicken and stir to heat through
- Add any further cooked vegetables you are using
- Add the flour and stir for a minute
- Add the tarragon and the milk
- Stir as is it thickens
- Leave to cool
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
- Roll out the pastry
- Place and upturned pie dish and mark around the outside with a knife.
- Repeat for as many pies as youa re making
- Divide the chicken mixture evenly among the pies
- Place a top on each pie
- Brush with beaten egg for a glaze finish
- Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until the pastry is brown
- Serve immediately
Make the Pastry
Make the pie filling
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