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Chicken & sausage pie

by Christina Julia

Chicken & sausage pie

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Serves: 6-8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • For the pastry
  • 150g/5oz butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 450g/1lb plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • For the filling
  • 450g/1lb spinach freshly grated nutmeg
  • 450g/1lb skinless chicken breast fillet, cubed
  • 225g/8oz sausage meat
  • 1 bunch of spring onions, chopped
  • 25g/1oz chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 fresh apricots, stoned and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 egg, beaten

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6. Grease a 23cm/9in
    round loose-bottomed cake tin with butter.
  • For the pastry, mix together the flour and herbs, and season with salt
    and pepper. Melt the butter in a pan with 250ml/9fl oz water, then
    bring to the boil. Quickly stir in the flour mixture, mixing to form a soft
    dough. Cool slightly, then turn out and knead briefly on a lightly floured
    work surface. Wrap in cling film and leave to cool.
  • To make the filling, wash the spinach, then place in a large pan with no
    water and cook, covered, for 5 minutes until the spinach is wilted and
    tender. Drain well, pressing out any excess liquid. Chop, then season to
    taste with nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Put the chicken in a bowl with the sausage meat, spring onions, parsley,
    apricots, lemon zest and egg. Combine thoroughly with your hands.
    Add the spinach, season with salt and pepper, and mix well.
  • Roll out two-thirds of the pastry and use to line the prepared cake tin. Fill
    the pastry with the chicken mixture.
  • Dampen the pastry edges, then roll out the remaining pastry to cover the
    pie, pinching the edges together to seal.
  • Bake in the oven for 1–11⁄4 hours until golden. Leave to cool in the tin for
    20 minutes, then remove and cool completely before serving.

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