Pie in a Pot | Chicken Recipe

March 26, 2015

Pie in a Pot

Comfort food you can serve at a dinner party? YES PLEASE!

This idea was first introduced to me at the Friends of Glass cooking event last year when we learnt that glass jars and bottles are the best way to store and serve food as it's non-toxic, enhances food flavour and is better for the environment (plus it looks impressive when stored on the kitchen shelf).

These pies are extremely easy to make, simply follow a normal recipe for a pie, pour the contents into a glass jar and top with pastry. Glass is 100% oven proof so can be used to jazz up other comfort food dishes too - lasagna and Shepard's pie works well too - just ensure you remove any rubber seals.

The above pie in a jar is ham hock with a white sauce and winter vegetables. For summer my favourite variation is chicken, asparagus and pea due the the vibrant colours. I'd recommend using a white sauce rather than gravy to give contrast to the contents - gravy seems to make the ingredients look a little bland.
Pie in a Pot
Ingredients:
  • Skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Asparagus, roughly chopped
  • Frozen peas
  • Sheet ready-rolled puff pastry
  • Ready made white sauce (or if you'd prefer to make your own, follow this recipe)
  • 1 medium egg, beaten 
 Method:

Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Heat some oil in a large pan and fry chicken for 8min until golden. Tip chicken out on to a plate and set aside.

Pour white sauce in a saucepan and allow to bubble for 3min. Stir in chicken, asparagus, peas and any other veg you have knocking around and check the seasoning.

Spoon mixture into your glass jars. Unroll puff pastry and position over top of pot to cover, trim if needed (you may need to brush egg yolk around the lid of the jar to allow it to stick). Brush pastry well with the remainder of the egg, then cook for 25-30min in the oven until pastry is golden and puffed up.