YES finally I am back in the kitchen and I must say I am enjoying myself. I am actually home all this week so hopefully you will be able to read a few posts from little ol' moi!
The weather has started to change and Spring is starting to make her presence know however I still fancied a hearty dinner. Country Chicken Pies perfectly hit the spot and I must say that they tasted amazing.
Originally the recipe is for a family sized pie but once the smell was drifting from the kitchen children were hovering around the kitchen so I knew it would be easier and fairer (yes fairer) if I made individual portions.
The filling, jam packed with tender chicken and vegetables, was enveloped in a thick creamy sauce which just left my taste buds wanting more. Topped with a yummy crunchy pastry top it was a pleasure to eat.
Country Chicken Pie
(recipe adapted from WW Magazine June 2012)
ProPoints per Serve: 10
1 tablespoon olive oil
500 grams lean chicken thigh fillets, cut into 3cm pieces
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup frozen corn kernals
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley
freshly ground black pepper
1 sheet frozen reduced-fat puff pastry, just thawed
Heat half the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a heatproof bowl.
Heat remaining oil in pan. Add carrots, celery and onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until stoftened. Add chicken and any juices and flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add stock, stirring to combine. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Stir in milk, then cover and cook for 3 - 5 minutes or until sauce boils and thickens slightly.
Stir in frozen corn and peas, then parsley. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to a 20cm round ovenproof dish. Set dish aside to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 1 hour to cool completely.
Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius or 200 degrees Celsius fan forced. Top dish wity pastry, allowing excess pastry to overhang. Cut a small cross in the centre. Spray with cooking spray. Place dish on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes or until golden.