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Chicken and Bacon Pies


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This week for mid week cooking, Donna Hay came off the book shelf again. I tried her recipe for chicken and bacon pies. What caught my eye was the homemade potato crisps that replace the traditional pastry top.

The only problem I encountered was that I could have used a bit more chicken. Unlike last week's mid week cooking where there was an excess of chicken, this week we could have done with some of the leftovers.

Gorgeously rich in flavour, these pies are perfect for a cold winter night. I probably could have left the potatoes to crisp up a little more, but I could not wait! They smelt so good!

Chicken & Bacon Pies
Donna Hay

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 rashers bacon, chopped
2 x 200g chicken breast fillets, trimmed and chopped
1/2 cup (125ml) white wine
1 cup (250ml) pouring cream
sea salt and cracked black pepper
350g potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
melted butter, for brushing

1. Preheat the oven to 180
°C (355°F).

2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and bacon and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken and cook for a further 3-5 minutes or until brown.

3. Add the white wine, cream, salt and pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes or until thickened slightly.

4. Spoon the mixture into 4 x 1
¼ cup capacity (310ml) ovenproof dishes and top with the potato slices. Brush with melted butter, place the pies on a baking tray and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are golden and crispy.

Serves 4.

Eh Voila! Bon App├ętit!


Thanks for the recipe; I made these tonight and they were delicious.

They were very runny though, like a soup. I used whipping cream because I don't know what pouring cream is (from what I can tell pouring cream is even thinner though).

Hi Rus,

You need to use "thickened cream". If this still causes your pies to go runny, dissolve a teaspoon or so of cornflour in a little bit of cold water and add to the mixture to thicken it up.

Hope that helps.

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