So, I’ve been rather disappointed by the chicken pies that I have bought recently. My complaints: the crust is too hard and thick and the filling is oh-so-very-little. Economic downturn is it? Must the filling also be reduced?
So, I decided to make my own chicken pies and hopefully, they will turn out fine (remember, I’m still trying to make friends with my oven). After googling for some recipes, I’ve decided to modify this.
For the pastry:
200 g unsalted butter
250 g all-purpose flour/plain flour
110 g plain yoghurt
1 tsp sugar
1 egg yolk
A pinch of salt
Put all the ingredients into the mixing bowl except yoghurt, and mix to a crumble. I used my fingertips. Add in yoghurt and mix to a dough. Dough will be very soft so you would need to keep it refrigerated for at least 30 mins. Alternatively, you can use puff pastry.
113g diced potatoes (about 2 1/2 potatoes)
1 big onion diced
70 g mixed vegetable (depends on how much you like)
Sliced canned mushrooms (amt up to you)
2 chicken breast diced (depends on how much you like)
1 tbsp corn starch or potato starch mixed with 2 tbsp water
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/5 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
In a clean wok, heat 2 tbsp oil. Fry the onion until transparent. Add mixed vegetable, mushroom, chicken. Fry for a while to break up chicken. Add in potatoes. Add in abt 118g of water and cook for abt 5 mins. Add in salt, sugar and pepper. Add in the cornstarch and stir to thicken mixture. Set aside for later use.
To assemble, roll out the dough, cut the size required and place in a pie case. Have to be fast since the dough is soft and the butter melting! Poke holes on the base using a fork and place filling on top. Cut another piece of dough to cover the top. Poke a few more times using fork on the cover of the pie and brush with 1 beaten egg. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 30 mins. I baked mine at 170-175C for 40 minutes.
Next time I do it, I will put more filling since I could have a rounded top as compared to a flat one. Aesthetically, there is a need to improve!! This portion yields about 7 chicken pies.