Chicken and asparagus pie
A really tasty and attractive dish, this one. If you can't be bothered to make chicken stock, rather than using a stock cube you might be better off cheating and using a good quality tin of chicken & asparagus or chicken & mushroom soup. I would omit the flour if you do it this way.
- A few home smoked bacon rashers, chopped - or just nice quality bacon.
- 500 g ( 1lb 2 oz) chicken breasts, diced.
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed (optional)
- Olive oil for frying
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
- 8 asparagus spears, chopped into 2.5 cm (1") lengths
- Handful of mushrooms, brushed clean and sliced
- 284 ml (1/2 pint) chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- Sea salt and freshly milled black pepper
- 225g/8oz ready rolled puff pastry
- Preheat the oven to 200° C (400° F - Gas 6 - Moderately hot)
- If your electric oven has the options of upper, lower, both elements, use the lower element.
- Take the pack of pastry out of the fridge and allow to reach room temperature before using (step 8)
- Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a pan or a wok and fry the onions (and garlic if using) for 3 minutes
- Season the flour with salt and pepper and toss the chicken pieces in the flour.
- Add the chicken to the onions and brown, turning often.
- Arrange the chicken, bacon, onions, mushrooms and asparagus in an oven proof dish.
- Pour the chicken stock or soup over the ingredients.
- Roll out the pastry so it is large enough to cover your dish.
- Brush the edge of the dish with water to help the pastry stick.
- Cut a 1cm (½") hole in the top to allow steam to escape or even better, put in a pie funnel.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the middle of the oven until the pastry is golden brown.
- Check after 20 minutes and if the crust looks as though it might be starting to burn, lay a sheet of tin foil over the top.
Serve with hot jacket potatoes.
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