Chicken and Broccoli Pie

Tender chicken, cloaked in a creamy sauce and studded with veggies is a real winter warmer in this recipe by Lotte Duncan
By Lotte Duncan
Chicken and Broccoli Pie
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  • Serves: 4-6
  • Cook Time:
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

For the chicken and vegetables

  • 500 ml chicken stock
  • 950 g chicken breasts
  • 500baby g onions
  • 500 g purple sprouting broccoli
  • 50 g butter
  • 225 g button mushrooms
  • 350 g mascarpone
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 lemons, grated zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt and black pepper

For the pastry crust

  • 225 g ready-made puff pastry
  • 1 egg, for the glaze, beaten with a pinch of salt

To serve

  • 900 g green cabbage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, approximate quantity
  • 225 g dry-cured smoked streaky bacon, cut into 3cm lardons
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp black onion seeds
  • mashed potato

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6 and place a baking sheet on the middle rack.

2. Heat the chicken in a saucepan and when boiling, add the chicken breasts. Turn the heat down and simmer the chicken for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked all the way through. Cool slightly before cutting into large chunks.

3. Pop the baby onions into a bowl of boiling water and leave for a minute. This makes them easier to peel. Take off the skins, but leave the root intact.

4. Steam the broccoli and cut into small florets; set aside.

5. Melt the butter and fry the onions for about 5 minutes, until just beginning to colour. Remove from the pan and transfer to a bowl.

6. Tip the mushrooms into the same pan and cook gently for a few minutes, until softened.

7. Beat the mascarpone cheese until smooth and add any leftover liquid from the onions and mushrooms. Stir in the egg, followed by the parsley and lemon zest. Add the broccoli, onions, mushrooms and chicken, and season with salt and pepper.

8. Spoon the mixture into a 1.4 litre pie dish. If you have a pie funnel, push it down into the middle of the filling - this will help support the pastry and prevent it from going soggy as it bakes.

9. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and trim to an oval about 5cm larger than the pie dish. Cut off a 3cm border from around the oval shape and lay it on the edge of the pie dish.

10. Brush the rim with the egg glaze. Place the pastry oval on top and press down firmly on the edges. Decorate the top with pastry trimmings and make a slit on top of the funnel so that the funnel shows through the pastry.

11. Glaze the pastry with beaten egg and for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.


12For the cabbage and bacon; cut the cabbage into bite-sized chunks. Heat the olive oil in a wok and fry the bacon until golden brown before removing from the pan.

13. Add a little more oil and fry the garlic and onion seeds for a minute. Tip in the cabbage and briskly fry for about 5-7 minutes, adding 2 tablespoons of water if it looks like drying out. Return the bacon to the softened cabbage and stir to heat through.

14. Serve the pie with mashed potato and stir-fried cabbage and bacon.

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