This creamy chicken pie with a crispy potato topping is the perfect dish for a cold day. Tasty and filling, the whole family will love it.
Do you find that you tend to cook the same meals week after week? It is easy to stick with tried and tested recipes. This can get boring and routine. If you are looking for meal ideas and inspiration then HelloFresh can help.
HelloFresh is a company who provide recipe boxes. You choose your favourite recipes from the selection on their site. Choose how many people you want to feed and order a recipe box. The box contains all the fresh ingredients to cook the meal. It also contains comprehensive instructions. All the recipes are seasonal so you know you will be eating great tasting food.
Whilst the recipe boxes are great they also have a great list of recipes on their site which you can try at home. HelloFresh recently challenged me to try and make one of their recipes at home. I chose to try their creamy chicken pie recipe as I thought my husband and son would love it.
The pie does take a little while to make but the effort is worth it. Creamy chicken mingles with the crispy potato topping making every mouthful a delight. The pie was a hit with the family and I will be trying it again soon.
Whilst making the creamy chicken pie does take around fifty minutes, it is not hard to make.
First, you need to prepare the potatoes. Peel them and chop them into slices. Pop these into a pan of boiling water with a little salt. Cook for around ten to fifteen minutes until they are soft. Pour into a colander until you need them. This will stop them from cooking more.
Whilst the potatoes are cooking you can prepare the filling. Chop up celery, leeks and mushrooms into small pieces. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Heat some oil in a pan and add the chicken with a little salt. Cook until it is brown and set aside.
Add a little more oil into the pan. Add the celery and leek and cook for five minutes. Put in the mushrooms and cook until brown. Don’t forget to add some salt and pepper for seasoning.
Now you can make the sauce. Add water, a stock pot and some cream to the pan and simmer gently until it reduces by a third. Return the chicken to the pan and warm.
While the sauce reduces grate some cheese. Put the chicken mixture into an ovenproof dish. Top with slices of potato, grated cheese and panko breadcrumbs. Pop in the oven for ten minutes until the top browns.
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Panko breadcrumbs are Japanese style breadcrumbs which are made from white bread without the crusts. They are processed differently which results in a crispier shard like flakes. If you don’t have panko breadcrumbs on hand you can substitute cracker crumbs or crisps. Alternatively, you can use normal breadcrumbs and dry them out in the oven at a low temperature. Be careful not to let them burn.
This creamy chicken pie recipe was created by HelloFresh and has a topping of potatoes and cheesy breadcrumbs instead of pastry. It makes a lovely comforting meal
Preheat the oven to 220C
Peel the potatoes and slice into 1 cm rounds.
Add to a pan of salted boiling water and cook for ten to fifteen minutes until soft
Pour into a colander and set aside
Chop the chicken into small chunks. Add into a pan with hot oil and cook for around five minutes until brown. Set aside.
Cut the leeks and celery into small pieces
Add the leeks and celery to a pan with hot oil and cook gently for five minutes
Chop the mushrooms and add them to the pan. Cook for five minutes until brown
Add the water and stock pot to the pan and stir until it dissolves
Pour in the cream and simmer until the liquid reduces by a third.
Put the chicken back into the pan. Season with salt and pepper and put the chicken mixture in an oven proof dish
Grate the cheese
Top the chicken mixture with the potato slices and sprinkle over the cheese and breadcrumbs
Add the dish into the oven and cook until the top is browned
You can find the creamy chicken recipe on the HelloFresh website along with plenty of other recipe ideas.
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This recipe is an interesting take on a chicken pie. The creamy pie filling is delicious and it works really well with the potato topping.
The recipe does take a little while to make so it is probably better done on a weekend when you have a little time. It is not something you would want to prepare if the family were desperate for food. It took me a little over an hour from start to finish.
It may be possible to prepare the dish ahead of time and just pop it into the oven when you get home to warm up and brown. I need to experiment with that.
The family did like the dish and it is definitely one I would make again.
Do you have a family favourite recipe you make again and again? Let me know below.