Chicken Pie

Chicken Pie

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Sometimes I get mail, asking me whether I’m into pickles and condiments business. It seems there is a brand called Maria’s pickles! Well, it’s not mine. I’m not into any commercial ventures…yet. Ohh yes, there is always a possibility of starting something in the future. There is no harm in dreaming about things, right? If wishes were horses…

Ok, so my dream is… I dont know whether I told you this before, anyways… my dream is to start a bakery and coffee shop sometime. That reminds me of another one of my dreams..it was my dream to start a boutique for Salwars. There is a slight problem though.. I dont think I’ll be able to sell any pieces, because I’d love to keep all those Salwars for myself ;) Anyways, coming back to bakery… I love bakery, because it’s always filled with so much of positive energy and life.

Tell me, why do you go to bakery usually? Ok, the reasons that usually take me to a bakery are

: if I want to just hang out with my friends and relax

: If I want to celebrate any special occasion

: to get some goodies if I’m visiting friends

etc etc…

Did you notice anything common in the above reasons? It’s all kind of happy situation.People usually go to bakery when they are happy, right? and I want to be a part of their happiness :) In short my bakery/coffees shop should be something like Central Perk in Friends. I better stop describing my bakery… Even otherwise, Jose always complains that I live in my own La La Land. If I go on with the bakery description, you might wanna support him, so…

Talking about the menu in the bakery, I’d love to keep it pretty basic. I love to serve food which people can relate to. I dont want anything fancy schmancy, I want simple and tasty food. I want to have the kind of food that welcomes you and comforts you and not the type that intimidates you. So if and when I start a bakery, this will be one of the items in the menu! It’s a kind of dish that makes you happy and content!

It’s a simple pie, you can either have it as a main dish along with some salad or as a starter. It’s a good choice for brunch too…

Please dont get scared seeing the length of the recipe. I assure you, it’s a simple one.

Step by step pictures for you…

Rub in the butter cubes to the plain flour till it resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add beaten egg and water (if required) and make a soft dough. Do not knead it too much. Keep the dough in the fridge for a minimum of 25 mins…

Step 1Heat oil and add chopped onion ad cubed capsicum. When the onions and capsicum have become soft (it doesn’t have to brown), add grated/chopped ginger,garlic and green chilli. Cook for 2-3 mins…

Step 2
Add chopped celery, spring onion,salt and pepper powder. Cook for 4-5 mins. Add cooked and shredded chicken pieces and mix well. Cook for 2-3 mins, till everything comes together…

Step 3Melt butter in a sauce pan. When it’s completely melted, add plain flour and stir. Cook for 3-4 mins on low flame, till the raw taste of flour is gone. Make sure it doesn’t turn brown. Add a cup of milk and stir well, so that everything is combined…

Step 4Add pepper powder, salt and Italian seasoning. When the sauce begins to thicken, switch off the flame and let it cool. Mix together the white sauce and the chicken filling…

Step 5Transfer the rolled out dough to the pie dish. Prick the base all over with a fork. Bake the pastry in the pre heated oven for 7-8 mins, till the colour of the pastry changes to that of a light biscuit colour. Take the baked pastry out of the oven and fill it with the chicken and white sauce filling…

Step 6

Make lattice on top (optional) and brush the lattice with a beaten egg. Return the pies to the oven  and bake for 12-15 mins, increase the oven temp to 200 C and bake for 5 more mins, till the lattice has a light golden brown colour…

Step 7

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Chicken Pie
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Recipe type: Main Dish, Appetiser
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2-3
 
Ingredients
For the Pastry
  • Plain flour (maida) – 200 gms ( 1⅓ cups+2tbsp)
  • Butter – 100 gms (kept @ room temp for 15 mins)
  • Egg – 1
  • Water – 1 tbsp
For the filling
  • Cooked and shredded chicken – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1 med-big, finely chopped
  • Capsicum – 1 small, cut into small cubes
  • Chopped/grated garlic – 1.5 tsp
  • Chopped/grated ginger – 1 tsp
  • Green chilli – 2, chopped
  • Celery – ¼ cup, chopped
  • Spring onion – ¼ cup, chopped
  • Pepper powder – ½ -1 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil – Sunflower/Olive oil
For white sauce
  • Butter – 1 tbsp (refer notes)
  • Plain flour – 1 tbsp
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Pepper powder – ¼ tsp
  • A pinch of Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven @ 180 C, 10 mins before baking.
  2. To make the pastry
  3. Rub in the butter cubes to the plain flour till it resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add beaten egg and water (if required) and make a soft dough. Do not knead it too much. Keep the dough in the fridge for a minimum of 25 mins.
  4. To make the filling
  5. Heat oil and add chopped onion ad cubed capsicum. When the onions and capsicum have become soft (it doesn’t have to brown), add grated/chopped ginger,garlic and green chilli. Cook for 2-3 mins. Add chopped celery, spring onion,salt and pepper powder. Cook for 4-5 mins. Add cooked and shredded chicken pieces and mix well. Cook for 2-3 mins, till everything comes together. Switch off the gas and let it cool.
  6. To make white sauce
  7. Melt butter in a sauce pan. When it’s completely melted, add plain flour and stir. Cook for 3-4 mins on low flame, till the raw taste of flour is gone. Make sure it doesn’t turn brown. Add a cup of milk and stir well, so that everything is combined. Keep stirring and make sure that there are no lumps. Add pepper powder, salt and Italian seasoning. When the sauce begins to thicken, switch off the flame and let it cool.
  8. Assembling the pie
  9. Grease the pie tins with butter. Roll out the refrigerated dough depending on the size of the tin you are using. Transfer the rolled out dough to the tin and trim the edges, if required. Prick the base all over with a fork. Bake the pastry in the pre heated oven for 7-8 mins, till the colour of the pastry changes to that of a light biscuit colour.
  10. Meanwhile mix together the white sauce and the chicken filling. Take the baked pastry out of the oven (let the oven be on and keep the oven door closed) and fill it with the chicken and white sauce filling. Make lattice on top (optional) and brush the lattice with a beaten egg.
  11. Return the pies to the oven and bake for 12-15 mins, increase the oven temp to 200 C and bake for 5 more mins, till the lattice has a light golden brown colour.
  12. Remove the pie from the oven. Let it cool in the tin for 5-10 mins. Remove from the pie tin and serve hot/warm. You can have it with some salad on the side.
Notes
I used unsalted butter for making the pastry and the white sauce. You can use salted butter as well, but adjust the qty of salt accordingly in the filling and while making the sauce. I didnt add extra salt to the pastry, but I didnt find it lacking. If you want you can add may be ¼ tsp of salt to the plain flour, if you are using unsalted butter. I used medium size tart tins and I got 7 medium size pies with the above qty. You can use small tart/quiche tin and serve it as an appetiser. Also, you can use a bigger size tart/pie tin and bake it at one go. Adjust the baking time according to the size of your tins and the thickness of the pies. You can make a veg filling by adding mushrooms, broccoli etc, instead of chicken. I stored the left over dough and filling in the fridge for 2 days. If you are using left over dough stored in the fridge, make sure you keep it at room temp for 15-20 mins before rolling it out. The thickness of the base depends on the qty of filling per pie. I used around 55-60 gms of dough per pie. Check out this link to see step by step pics of making lattice: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_a_lattice_top_for_a_pie_crust/

 

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  • Indu

    ah! there comes another favorite! :) its a chicken pie and its your recipe… appo try cheyyathe pattillallo!
    Another thing which i thought of telling u is that I ve a problem with plain flour… My husband n I are complete foodies and we absolutely dont ve any control on the ‘quantity’ we eat.. :D so I always try to get the ingredients healthy wherever possible… So when I see maida, i always use atleast 50% whole wheat flour…. and in most cases it works fine, except for some cake recipes (if other liquid adjustments go wrong).
    So the pie also i’ll be trying the same way… I’ll surely let u know how it turns out to be… thanks… :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Indu dear… did you get to try this recipe? I’m eagerly waiting to know how the wheat version worked out? Even I’m not a big fan of maida, so I’ll be happy to try your version.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Indu dear… did you get to try this recipe? I’m eagerly waiting to know how the wheat version worked out? Even I’m not a big fan of maida, so I’ll be happy to try your version.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Indu

        Hi Maria… A big hug to u first of all…. :) the pie was fantastic even though i didnt have the italian seasoning and celery… the best part is the simplicity… i hardly took any time to make it! Thanks to u :)

        I used almost 3/4 cup wheat flour and the rest maida…. Worked just fine, nobody even guessed…

        Take care,
        Indu

      • Indu

        Hi Maria… A big hug to u first of all…. :) the pie was fantastic even though i didnt have the italian seasoning and celery… the best part is the simplicity… i hardly took any time to make it! Thanks to u :)

        I used almost 3/4 cup wheat flour and the rest maida…. Worked just fine, nobody even guessed…

        Take care,
        Indu

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Thanks a bunch Indu for your feedback :) I’m really happy that the whole wheat thing worked out. I’ll also try it next time :)

          Cheers
          Maria

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Thanks a bunch Indu for your feedback :) I’m really happy that the whole wheat thing worked out. I’ll also try it next time :)

          Cheers
          Maria

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Thanks a bunch Indu for your feedback :) I’m really happy that the whole wheat thing worked out. I’ll also try it next time :)

          Cheers
          Maria

  • sumi

    As usual picture is lookin just awesome maria dear.. the kind which make u feel like wanting to make it right away!!!will surely try this one nd put in a comment…. love always ………….sumi

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Sumi dear :) I do hope you get to try it soon and like it too..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Dhanya

    thanks Maria!! been looking for a good chicken pie recipe and usually its your recipes that work well for me …will def try this :-)

  • Dhanya

    thanks Maria!! been looking for a good chicken pie recipe and usually its your recipes that work well for me …will def try this :-)

  • Dhanya

    thanks Maria!! been looking for a good chicken pie recipe and usually its your recipes that work well for me …will def try this :-)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hey Dhans,

      how are you? long time…

      Nice to know that my recipes works for you :)

      Take care dear..
      Maria

  • Chitz

    Wow, wow, wow… Yet another charming recipe :) And if u start a bakery, I would love to visit and I will :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Chitz! You are always welcome to my bakery :)

  • Diya Anil

    Wow Maria, Luks inviting and yummilicious! Luv your recipes Maria! It’s just too good! Tks Maria….you are amazing!

  • Diya Anil

    Wow Maria, Luks inviting and yummilicious! Luv your recipes Maria! It’s just too good! Tks Maria….you are amazing!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome dear :) Please do try this when time permits..

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome dear :) Please do try this when time permits..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • neelam

    hello maria I am also one of ur fan and follow ur baking recipes. they r really simple n tasty. if u conduct any cooking/baking class at hyderabad i would really like to join it or u know anyone doing so at hyderabad.

    neelam.

  • neelam

    hello maria I am also one of ur fan and follow ur baking recipes. they r really simple n tasty. if u conduct any cooking/baking class at hyderabad i would really like to join it or u know anyone doing so at hyderabad.

    neelam.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Neelam,

      Thank you :)

      I’m based in Bahrain dear, so the chances of me conducting a baking class in Hyderabad is very rare. I’m sure there will be somebody local who is taking classes. Hope you find it soon :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Neelam,

      Thank you :)

      I’m based in Bahrain dear, so the chances of me conducting a baking class in Hyderabad is very rare. I’m sure there will be somebody local who is taking classes. Hope you find it soon :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • preveena bhagianath

    That is indeed a delicious looking pie… the recipe seems super easy too. The pictorial instructions, makes it easier to follow. Yet another amazing recipe from you Maria!

    http://www.myweekendfoodexperiments.wordpress.com

  • preveena bhagianath

    That is indeed a delicious looking pie… the recipe seems super easy too. The pictorial instructions, makes it easier to follow. Yet another amazing recipe from you Maria!

    http://www.myweekendfoodexperiments.wordpress.com

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Preveena :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Preveena :)

  • Reshma

    Such an amazing recipe!!! It came out too good, exactly as it looks in ur images!!! My huby loved it!!! All thanks to u :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Reshma dear :) So good to know that it turned out well for you.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Mariam

    Hi Maria…this is a really easy and yummy recipe here. I tried it on a 9″ pie dish. However, the top didn’t come out well. It was a little soggy. I did a lattice top. I don’t know what I did wrong.

  • Mariam

    Hi Maria…this is a really easy and yummy recipe here. I tried it on a 9″ pie dish. However, the top didn’t come out well. It was a little soggy. I did a lattice top. I don’t know what I did wrong.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Mariam,

      Thanks for trying this. I guess the top portion wasnt done because it wasnt cooked completely. If you are making it in one dish, you may need to increase the baking time accordingly.

      Also I use the top and bottom baking option while baking.

      Hope it comes out well next time.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Mariam,

      Thanks for trying this. I guess the top portion wasnt done because it wasnt cooked completely. If you are making it in one dish, you may need to increase the baking time accordingly.

      Also I use the top and bottom baking option while baking.

      Hope it comes out well next time.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Mariam

        Maria..I tried it again…and waited patiently for longer time..for it to brown…and it was a success! Thank you!

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Mariam,

          Great to know that it came out successfully :) Thanks a lot for trying it again and also for letting me know about it.

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Lana

    This chicken pie is yummmmmmmmmmmm.My crust was a lil hard though not sure y.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Lana :) Were your pie dough soft or hard? If the dough is hard then it might result in hard crust as well…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Ann,

    So sorry for the delayed reply :( Missed your comment somehow! I’m so happy that you liked this recipe.

    Thanks for leaving a comment here.

    Take care,
    Maria

  • Rini Abraham

    Hey Maria!! i made this for saturday night dinner! :D Usually my hubby doesn’t like if i cook something that’s not spicy/hot… but he loved this dish! m so happy! thx for sharing :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rini,

      Thank you so much for your comment! Nice to know that this recipe was a success at your place :)

      Wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • ResH

    Hi Maria,

    Made this today..and as usual..it turned out well..I think there is a minimum guarantee that ur recipe’s offer…thanks a lot dear for these wonderful recipes…:) :) :)
    More than anything I loooooved the filling..I made a slight change..I cooked the chicken pieces with salt pepper and soya sauce in a pressure cooker…and the stock that remained, that I added to the filling…the filling was too good..I think its a multi purpose filling..u kno what all I did with it…first of all…I ate the filling so much like its a snack..heheh..tats before adding the white sauce ok..then some of the filling(before adding the white sauce) I mixed it with mayonnaise and made sandwich… then after adding the white sauce I took some of it and mixed it with cooked pasta…and then finally with the remaining filling I made the pie..The filling was the Hero I say :)..so thanks a lot once again dear…TC and keep posting more delicious recipes :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Resh dear…

      how are you? so you got all adventurous with the filling eh ;)?

      Yeah you can use the filling for different things, to make sandwiches, chapathi rolls etc;

      Anyways, I’m so so happy that you keep trying the recipes from here and without fail write to me to share the results :)

      Hope your family is doing good, please do convey my regards to them.

      Take care,
      Maria

      • ResH

        Thanks Dear..Will sure convey your regards…we all are doing great…looking forward for some special recipes from you with easter around the corner…take care Maria nd keep posting :)