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Chicken and Anchovy Pie Recipe

Chicken and Anchovy Pie

Rating 4-0 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
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Chicken and Anchovy Pie is the ultimate in surprise "surf and turf" dishes. It's just so unexpected, yet the saltiness of the anchovies adds another dimension to the creamy chicken and mushrooms that you simply don't expect. Well worth the little extra effort to make.

      Preparation Time: 35 Minutes + waiting

      Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

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Ingredients for Chicken and Anchovy Pie

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to serve 8:
2lb 10oz
boneless, free range chicken breasts
½ teaspoon
dried thyme
1 tablespoon
rapeseed or sunflower oil
2 oz
1 large
8 oz
1 cup
full-fat crème fraîche
salt and pepper
2 oz
anchovy fillets in oil
1½ tablespoons
wholegrain mustard
17 oz
ready made puff pastry


How to Cook Chicken and Anchovy Pie

  1. Zest the lemon and put aside the zest, then squeeze out the juice. Remove any skin from the chicken breasts (1.2kg is roughly equal to 6 large chicken breasts). Cut each breast into thin strips and place in a dish. Pour over the lemon juice and sprinkle over the zest and thyme. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil a large non-stick frying pan and fry the chicken strips for about 7-8 minutes (turning often) until they are thoroughly cooked all the way through. Remove from the pan and allow to cool.
  3. Wash the leek, remove the green leaves and the roots then thinly slice the white leaves. Roughly chop the mushrooms. Melt the butter in the same frying pan that you used for the chicken and add the leeks and mushrooms. Cook gently for 10 minutes or until the leeks are tender. Add the crème fraîche and cook for a further 1 minute. Season with freshly-ground black pepper then transfer to a plate and spread the mixture out to allow it to cool quickly.
  4. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Use this to line the bottom and sides of a springform pie dish/cake tin (about 10" - 25cm diameter). Leave about a 1" (2.5cm) overhang of pastry. Drain the anchovies, roughly chop them and place them in a small bowl. Add the mustard and mix well. Season with a little freshly-ground black pepper then spread the anchovy and mustard mixture all over the bottom of the pastry.
  5. Spoon half the chicken on top of the anchovy mixture, cover with half the leek and mushroom mixture, then spoon the other half of the chicken on top and finish with a final layer of leek and mushroom.
  6. Beat the egg and brush some onto the overhanging pastry. Roll out the remaining one-third pastry and lay it over the top of the pie and bring the overhang of pastry up to meet it. Crimp and fold the edges over to make a good seal then trim off any excess pastry with a knife. Brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg and transfer the whole thing onto a baking tray. Chill for an hour or so (or even overnight if you want).
  7. Bake the pie in a preheated moderate oven (Mk 4 - 350ºF - 180ºC) for 35-40 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the inside is very hot. Slice and serve with fresh steamed vegetables broccoli, peas and carrots.

Use a long knife to test how hot the pie is - gently pop it into the middle of the pie, leave it in for 15 seconds, pull it out and if the knife is hot, so is the filling! If the pie has been in the fridge for a while, it may take a little longer to ensure the filling is hot. If this happens, cover the pie with foil after the 35-40 minutes and continue to cook until the filling is hot.
GRAHAM'S WINE RECOMMENDATION: GrahamChicken pies invariably contain a creamy sauce which will need acidity but also cope with richer wines like warm climate Chardonnays such as those from Australia or North America.
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Reviews of Chicken and Anchovy Pie

Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again July 07 2014
Great recipe!! I changed it a bit by using Dijon mustard. This recipe turned out way better than I expected and was absolutely mind-blowing. I really liked the anchovy/chicken/mushroom combination, so I'll be making it again soon
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