Crispy chicken & asparagus pie

Crispy chicken & asparagus pie

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Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Make a superhealthy, supertasty crispy chicken and asparagus pie in 20 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal300
  • fat9g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein43g
  • salt1.21g
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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g asparagus, cut into bite-size pieces



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 100g spring green vegetable (we used baby spinch and defrosted peas)
  • 100g ham, torn
  • 100ml low-fat crème fraîche
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs


  1. Heat grill to medium. Spread the chicken out evenly in a shallow baking dish. Dot with half the butter and grill for 7-10 mins, turning occasionally until cooked through. Meanwhile, put the vegetables in a bowl and pour a kettle of boiling water over them. Leave for 2-3 mins, then drain.

  2. Scatter the veg and ham over the chicken, dollop on the crème fraîche and season to taste. Sprinkle on the breadcrumbs, dot with remaining butter, then slide under the grill for 5 mins more until heated through and the topping is crisp.

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Comments (16)

maryechappell's picture

I should have read the comments because it was good but too dry and some chicken stock added to the creme fraiche would probably do it. Used green beans in place of spinach and boiled the asparagus stalks for about 5 mins and the beans and asparagus tips for about 3 mins and then added the peas. We had it with new potatoes.

dippyhippy's picture

Made this last night taking note of previous comments and adding a little gravy. I only added a tiny bit but it went quite watery so I think it needs a bit of experimenting to get spot on but it was really quick, easy and tasty and I would definitely make it again! Even hubby loved it and he won't usually eat anything green! He loved the asparagus! Yay!!!!

ariellenne's picture

I cooked this using the alternative method of using instant mash over the layer of creme fraiche and I topped it off with a generous sprinkle of parmesan and a little cracked pepper (think cottage pie topping). This has never dried out, so I guess the mash keeps the moisture in more than the breadcrumb mixture. I use bacon instead of ham, baby spinach and frozen peas (they thaw damn fast in boiling water!)

charlichickxx's picture

added extra creme fresh and it created a really creamy thin layer of sauce... was DELICIOUS! :)

kathmedwards's picture

Used yoghurt instead of creme fraiche (as that was what was in the house), and didn't really mind the lack of sauce! May add a touch of stock next time, but still thought it was delicious!

missycookiemonster's picture

I was disappointed with this - the whole thing just didn't 'come together' and it's because of the lack of a proper sauce. I got the recipe out of the magazine - I wish I'd read the comments first and bashed up a sauce rather than just creme fresh! I know the creme fresh keeps it super healthy and low-calorie but it just didn't give any oomf.

katie89's picture

Made this the other night. took note of the other comments and added stock to the creme fraiche and parmesan to the breadcrumbs. absolutely lovely! delicious! xxxx

darryl1000's picture

Fantastic recipe. I didn't have butter so I used oil instead and it came out great. Great meal and relatively low in calories as well.

catcooks's picture

really easy to make, delicious, and looks pretty! added a bit of chicken stock following some of the comments. really really good!

snice2's picture

We loved this! After reading the other comments, I added some chicken stock to the creme fraiche to make more of a sauce since I also used left over poached chicken and it was lovely. I also added parmesan to the breadcrumbs as suggested, and the topping was a massive hit! Made it several times now with different veg.

dorothyd's picture

Very tasty dish. I substituted low fat spray for butter and it worked really well. Also added some grated parmesan to the breadcrumbs before spreading over the top. Much appreciated by everyone.

kestertonk1974's picture

We really enjoyed this. Taking feedback from other users I knocked up a bechamel sauce (from to go over the chicken, ham and veg and incorporated cheese into the sauce and the breadcrumbs. I then baked the pie in the oven......gorgeous

mathiesonblake's picture

The chicken and asparagus were lovely and tender, but we too thought this too dry and needed more sauce.
Take care, keep an eye on the breadcrumbs - we slightly burnt them and it spoilt the overall dish.

pallyfish's picture

Very yummy indeed, I used peas, spinach and asparagus, which worked a treat. Easy to make as well.

gholroyd's picture

I found this dish a little dry but this could have been because I had poaced the chicken previously (and was just trying to use it up!). Not enough 'sauce', but a novel and quick recipe.

becaclark's picture

REALLY easy, and very tasty. Even my bf liked it!

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