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super flavorful chicken, broccoli, bacon pie

Savory pies are popular in the UK but not so much in the US.  What I love about this recipe is the interior is made with chicken broth and then thickened with a bit of flour which feels much lighter and healthier…or just balances out the pastry.  If you do not want to make into a pie, you could skip the pastry and serve over a plate of rice for a chicken stew.

super flavorful chicken, broccoli, bacon pie

Savory pies are popular in the UK but not so much in the US.  What I love about this recipe is the interior is made with chicken broth and then thickened with a bit of flour which feels much lighter and healthier…or just balances out the pastry.  If you do not want to make into a pie, you could skip the pastry and serve over a plate of rice for a chicken stew.

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 6-8
1 1/2 pounds chicken (thigh, leg, and/or breast meat), cut into bite size pieces
11 ounces potatoes (325g)
1/2 head of broccoli, cut into floret and stalks chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
4 pieces of bacon, sliced in small pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup (65g) flour
2 1/2 cups (600ml) chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper, to taste
1 quantity of pastry (store bought for top of pie)
1 beaten egg, for brushing pastry
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The origins of savory pies can be traced back to the 5th century BC in Greece.  The Romans took the pies to another level with the creation of puff pastry that often encased small cooked birds.  The popularity of meats wrapped in pastry spread across Europe by travelers taking pies as an efficient means to eating on the road.

Maybe pies were the first type of take away?

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super flavorful chicken, broccoli, bacon pie
  • time
    1 hour
  • serves
    6
  • skill level
    Medium

Ingredients

Directions

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Preheat oven to 425F (200C).

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Fill a medium sauce pan with water and the potatoes. Slightly salt the water and bring to a boil, cooking for 10 minutes. Potatoes should be tender but still firm in shape. Drain and set aside.

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Fill another medium sauce pan with water. Bring to a boil, add a little salt and then add broccoli florets and stalks (you can include both in this recipe). Cook for 6-7 minutes until broccoli is firm. Drain and set aside.

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Add olive oil to a medium saute pan, then add the onions, celery, and bacon. Cook, stirring continuously until onions and celery are soft and bacon is cooked but not crispy, 5-7 minutes.

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Add chicken pieces, and cook gently without coloring, about 7-10 minutes.

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Add the flour and coat all ingredients well. Then add the chicken broth, mix well while slowly bringing to a boil.

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Turn down the heat, add the mustard powder and cayenne pepper, simmer until the sauce thickens, about least 10 minutes.

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Add the potatoes and broccoli, blend all together well.

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Taste and season with salt and pepper as necessary. You can do all the above steps a day ahead and refrigerate until ready to make into a pie.

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Spoon mixture into an 8 inch (20cm) round pie dish, and let cool.

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Pastry

Pastry should be in a round shape, at least 9 inches (22cm) in diameter with some depth. See below for recommendation.

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Drape pastry over the chicken mixture, cut off any excess and pinch with your fingers all around the perimeter.

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With any extra pastry, roll out and cut into shapes for the top (if desired but not necessary).

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With a knife, neatly cut small slits into pastry top to release steam while baking.

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Brush pastry with beaten egg.

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Place in oven until pastry is golden brown, 30-35 minutes.

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Serve piping hot with a crispy green salad or other fresh seasonal vegetables.

ideas&gadgets

Le Creuset Stoneware Pie Pan
I have a strong preference to cookware from Le Creuset. I have had most of the pans forever, and I love that they can go from the oven to the table. There are a variety of different colors so think about selecting items that match your dinner plates or other serving items.