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Lemony roast chicken pie

Lemony roast chicken pie

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 3 hrs, 15 mins

Moderately easy

Serves 6
A pie that's worth taking the time over, crisp shortcrust pastry filled with roasted chicken and a creamy onion and fennel sauce

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal754
  • fat48g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein34g
  • salt1.4g
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Ingredients

  • 3 lemon, 2 halved

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 large chicken, about 1.85kg

    Chicken

    chik-en

    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 25g softened butter

    Butter

    butt-err

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

  • 2 celery sticks, diced

    Celery

    sell-er-ee

    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 1 onion, diced

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 large fennel bulb, diced

    Fennel bulb

    Like Marmite, fennel is something that you either love or hate - its strong aniseed flavour…

  • 50g flour

    Flour

    fl-ow-er

    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 170ml pot single cream
  • small pack flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 500g pack all-butter shortcrust pastry
  • little flour, for dusting

    Flour

    fl-ow-er

    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 1 egg, beaten with a fork

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Push lemon halves inside the chicken’s cavity – they should all fit if you fiddle them around. Sit chicken in a smallish roasting tin, smear butter over the breasts and season well. Roast, breast-side up, for 30 mins, then flip over and roast, breast-side down, for a further 1 hr 30 mins-1 hr 40 mins until the chicken is cooked through and juices run clear when you pierce the thigh with a knife.

  2. With 30 mins to go, pour all juices from the tin into a jug. After juices and fat separate, spoon 50ml fat from the top into a big, wide pan. Add the celery, onion and fennel, and soften gently for 20 mins.

  3. When the chicken is done, pour any more juices into the jug. Reserve an extra 2 tbsp fat (see Nearly spring greens, related recipes) and discard remaining fat. On the heat, stir the flour into the veg until absorbed, then gradually stir in the stock and chicken roasting juices, simmering to a sauce. Stir in cream and parsley, remove from the heat and season.

  4. Shred chicken from the carcass in large-ish chunks, discarding skin – if the bird is still hot, use clean rubber gloves or 2 forks. Juice the roasted lemons, pick out the seeds and stir all the juices and roasted pulp into the sauce with the chicken. Taste and season with a squeeze more juice from the final lemon if it needs it. Tip into a large pie dish.

  5. Roll out the pastry on a flour-dusted surface until big enough to cover the pie. Brush the rim of the dish with beaten egg and lift on the pastry. Trim edges, then press and crimp to seal. Brush all over with more egg and bake for 30-40 mins until golden and crisp.

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Comments (3)

shinefamily's picture

Amazing!! Will make again amend again!

lesleyviggers's picture
4

Made this for mothers day, for 12 , rather time consuming but well worth it. was worried about adding the pulp of 2 large lemons but it was delicious. Would add more fennel next time and leave in larger pieces - not dice.

pennyhl's picture
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My son (8) with a bit of help made this for his grandparents last night - impressive results and really delicious ! Fennel and lemon wonderful spring combination.

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