Happy New Year everyone! 2016 was a tough year and I am glad to see the back of it! And what better way to celebrate the turn of the year than with a classic chicken pie! Well, champagne and lobster would have also been grand but chicken pie it was! And Lord Almighty, you have no idea the effort involved in bringing you this chicken pie – direct from the pages of The A-Z of Cooking! This is the third recipe I made from the chapter called Old Favorites.
The first thing I made were some pastries called Maids of Honour, originally made in Tudor Times. I nearly lost my head when I saw the photos of them. They were terrible!!! Totally unusable. So then I made an Apple Pan Dowdy. Terrible name for what was a quite tasty upside down apple cake. I did not take any photos the night I made it and only remembered a couple of days later that I needed to. By which time, the cake was gone!
Left in the chapter was a recipe for Steak and Kidney Pie – I know people eat it and I’m sure it’s delicious. But as far as I’m concerned kidneys are there to absorb waste and make urine – neither of which make me want to pop some in my mouth and chew. There was also a recipe for a Killarney Hot Pot which contained pork belly which is another thing I don’t eat. Finally, there was a recipe for Chicken Pie which I initially ignored because….boring! Then I realised I had everything I needed to make it in the house and voila, chickken pie it was!
This Chicken Pie is actually not boring. It was delicious!!! Making it during a heat wave was probably not my brightest move ever but it was worth it! Seriously, the night I made those pies, I went to bed around 1:00am and it was still 32°C. That’s 89.6°F for my American friends. And is damn hot for the early hours of the morning where ever you are! So you can only imagine how much hotter it was earlier in the day when I was baking the pies!
This was perfectly balanced, chicken and mushroom is always a great combination and this had the perfect amount of wine and cream. I added some fresh chives into my chicken mix and made small pies instead of one large one but otherwise this was exactly as per The A-Z. Well, I used bought pastry instead of making my own – heat wave remember?
This would be a great way to use leftover chicken…just sub it in at the point of mixing. And if you are not fond of mushrooms (I’m looking at you Jenny Hammerton) use whatever vegetables you like – corn, asparagus and or leek would all be super delicious or you could go very traditional and have peas, carrots, celery.
The only downside of this pie, apart from the heat wave, was that for the whole time I made it I was singing that terrible hair band song from the ’90’s “She’s my cherry pie” in my head, except I was subbing in chicken for cherry. Be warned. It could also happen to you! Meaning, now that I have planted that seed it surely will!
All together now
“It’s my chicken pie,
Cool drink of water, such a sweet surprise,
Tastes so good makes a grown man cry,
My chicken pie”
Now that I’ve ruined this, and all future chicken pies for you all, here’s the recipe:
Enjoy and have a wonderful week!
I hope 2017 brings you everything you wish for!