Chicken pie recipe: Jamie’s 30 minute meals
Personally I love cooking, and my dad does too. But as with any typical parent the idea of coming home from a stressful day at work to then have to cook a family meal is quite distressing. So I opted for one of Jamie’s 30 minute meals to put it to the test.
**Guilty** I have a little more time on my hands these days as I have recently moved home, but I am trying to put all my unemployed energy into cooking – I like to think everybody benefits. But should finding a job fail, who wouldn’t want a domesticated goddess? Right…?
Now, I’m not going to lie, I’m not a fan of mushrooms and I struggle on a regular basis to find a chicken pie that is not accompanied by the buggers (not even Jamie’s). So I have exchanged mushrooms for carrots (just trust me).
Jamie’s/my ingredients for le pie:
- 720g free-range, boneless chicken breasts
- handful of spring onions
- 3 large carrots (grated)
- garlic (always garlic)
- 1tsp plain flour
- 300ml chicken stock
- ground nutmeg
- puff pastry (I use Jus Rol Puff Pastry Ready Rolled 320g)
- 1 small egg (for glazing)
- mustard (optional – I’ve made one with and one without)
- creme fraiche
- fresh thyme
Next: GET COOKING WITH JAMIE
A few things of my own:
- put some of the garlic in with the spring onions, then feel free to add some more with the stock
- after the springs onions, add in the grated carrots instead of the mushroom.
- I used a large steel frying pan and then transferred everything into an oven dish.
- I left everything to sit and simmer for a little while longer on a very low heat (this enabled me to get my sides in check, and let the mixture get more flavoursome).
- I used Jamie’s other recommendation and went for a chicken stock cube.
- For the puff pastry (not mentioned in the video), allow it to match the size of your pie dish – this usually leaves an inch to cut off for a decorative piece on top (quite pleased with my leaves).
- braised red cabbage on the side.
- mash potato on the side.
Also, never feel bad about using puff pastry! If you have the time, by all means, crack on with your own! For this particular recipe and quick-cook ethos, puff pastry’s the one!
I’ve only tried the one, but after this success (it tasted amazing by the way) I will definitely be having a look at Jamie’s other 30 minute meals! And I would definitely recommend this one (but my one without the mushrooms)!
You should check out my recipe for braised red cabbage! It accompanies the pie so beautifully and adds some sweetness and acidity.