Crispy chicken & asparagus pie

Crispy chicken & asparagus pie

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Cooking time

Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
300
protein
43g
carbs
13g
fat
9g
saturates
5g
fibre
1g
sugar
0g
salt
1.21g

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • knob of butter
  • 100g asparagus, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 100g spring green vegetables (we used baby spinch and defrosted peas)
  • 100g ham, torn
  • 100ml low-fat crème fraîche
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2005

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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
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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!)
yummy!

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

kathmedwards's picture
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 bbc.co.uk/food) 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
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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
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Very yummy indeed, I used peas, spinach and asparagus, which worked a treat. Easy to make as well.

gholroyd's picture
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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
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REALLY easy, and very tasty. Even my bf liked it!

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