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Proper chicken pie | Jamie Oliver recipes image

This amazing homemade chicken pie is the perfect sharing dish. Beautiful crumbly pastry, tender pieces of chicken and sweet leeks cooked in a creamy cider sauce. What are you waiting for? Get stuck in.

Total Time 2 hours

Yield 12

Number Of Ingredients 20

1.5 kg whole free-range chicken
olive oil
150 g piece higher-welfare smoked pancetta
½ a bunch of fresh thyme (15g)
1 leek
1 celery heart
1 onion
1 carrot
2 heaped tablespoons plain flour
250 ml dry cider
1 heaped teaspoon English mustard
1 litre organic chicken stock
500 g button mushrooms
2 tablespoons crème fraîche
1 large free-range egg
500 g plain flour
250 g cold butter
2 hispi or sweetheart cabbage
1 heaped teaspoon English mustard
white pepper


    1. Use a large sharp knife to carefully cut down the back bone of the chicken, cutting it in half. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
    2. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil into a large non-stick frying pan on a high heat. Add the chicken, skin-side down, and sear for 10 minutes, or until golden. Reserve the pan for the cabbage.
    3. Meanwhile, chop the pancetta into 1cm chunks, pick in the thyme leaves and place in a large shallow casserole pan with 1 teaspoon of oil. Put it on a medium heat so the fat renders out, while you wash and trim the white part of the leek (save the green for making soup) and the celery. Peel the onion and carrot, then roughly chop all the veg into 1.5cm chunks and add to the pan. Cook for 10 minutes, or until softened.
    4. Stir in 2 heaped tablespoons of flour, cook for 2 minutes, then pour in the cider. Let it bubble away for 2 minutes or until almost evaporated, then stir in the mustard and stock. Add the chicken breast-side down, bring to a simmer, then cover and cook on a low heat for 1 hour, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
    5. Meanwhile, for the pastry, put the flour in a bowl with a good pinch of salt. Grate in the cold butter, then rub with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs. Pour in 100ml of cold water, mix with a fork, then bring together with your hands until it forms a dough, adding an extra splash of water if needed. Divide into 2 pieces – you will need ⅓ for the lid and ⅔ for the base – flatten with your hands and chill until needed.
    6. Finely slice the mushrooms and set aside.
    7. Transfer the chicken to a plate and shred the meat (discard the carcass).
    8. Stir the mushrooms into the pan, followed by the shredded chicken and the crème fraîche, mix well and season to taste.
    9. Strain the chicken mixture through a sieve over a clean pan to catch the liquid, gently pressing to help it along, and reserve for your gravy. Leave to cool.
    10. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5.
    11. Lightly grease a 30cm pie dish with oil. Roll out the larger piece of pastry between 2 sheets of greaseproof paper to just a few millimetres thick and use it to line the dish – allow an overhang. Press firmly into the edges and up the sides of the dish.
    12. Fill with the cooled chicken mixture, then carefully roll out and top with the remaining piece of pastry. Beat the egg and brush a little over the edge of the lid then fold over the overhang and press down gently to seal. Egg wash the pie all over, then make a small incision in the centre to let the steam escape and bake at the bottom of the oven for 1 hour, or until the pastry is golden and the pie is piping hot.
    13. Click off and discard any tatty outer leaves from the cabbage, then cut in half. Halve the core, then finely slice. Roughly chop the rest into large chunks. Place the chicken pan on a high heat, add the cabbage stalks and fry for 2 minutes, then go in with the leaves and a splash of water and cook for 5 minutes more, or until softened and lightly charred. Stir in the mustard, then add a pinch of salt and white pepper with a splash of water, and simmer for 1 minute, tossing a few times.
    14. Reheat the gravy and enjoy with the pie and cabbage. Delicious served with creamy mash.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 529 calories, FatContent 29 g fat, SaturatedFatContent 14.6 g saturated fat, ProteinContent 25.1 g protein, CarbohydrateContent 43 g carbohydrate, SugarContent 7.6 g sugar, SodiumContent 1.3 g salt, FiberContent 5.9 g fibre


Classic Martini Recipe | Bon Appétit image

This classic (stirred!) martini recipe might only need three ingredients—gin, vermouth, and a lemon twist—but to really master it, technique is everything.

Provided by Audrey Saunders, Pegu Club, New York City

Yield Makes 1 Servings

Number Of Ingredients 3

4 ounces Beefeater gin
¾ ounce Noilly Prat dry vermouth
1 lemon


  • Holding a large (preferably 1") cube of ice in the palm of your hand, use the back of a stirring spoon to crack it into large pieces; place in a mixing glass. Repeat with enough ice to fill glass. Add gin and vermouth and, using a bar spoon, rapidly stir 50 times in a circular motion (the outside of the glass will become very cold and frosty).
  • Strain martini through a Hawthorne strainer (or a large slotted spoon) into a chilled Nick and Nora glass. Strain any excess cocktail into a sidecar set over ice (or a small glass in a bowl of ice).
  • Using a small serrated knife, remove a 1" piece of peel from lemon; it should be stiff enough to provide some resistance (some white pith is okay). Twist peel over drink to express oils, then rub around rim of glass. Float peel, yellow side up, in martini.

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