Savoury chicken pie

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time155 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
3 whole carrots, peeled and chopped
2 Vidalia onions, quartered
1 (2.3kg) whole chicken
50g salt
Freshly ground black pepper
230g butter, softened
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 sprigs fresh sage

For the filling

100g sliced carrots
4 red potatoes, sliced thin
75g sweetcorn
50g peas
600ml heavy cream
60g plain flour

For the crust

375g plain flour, plus more for work surface
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
340g vegetable shortening (Trex)
480ml cold water
115g butter, melted
For the chicken:
1) Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4.
2) Stuff onions and carrots into the cavity of the chicken. Rub salt, black pepper and butter into skin of chicken. Place rosemary sprigs under the skin and place into a roasting pan. Place sage on top of chicken and roast for 1 1/2 hours.
3) Remove the chicken from the oven. Transfer to a cutting board and allow to cool.

For the filling:
1) Place carrots and potatoes on sheet pan and season with salt and pepper. Place into the preheated oven and roast until caramelized.
2) When chicken has cooled, discard the onions, carrots, sage and rosemary. Pull the chicken meat off the bones and cut into 1.5-cm pieces. Place into a large bowl with chicken juice from roasting pan along with potatoes, carrots, peas, corn, heavy cream and flour. Mix together well. Set aside for crust. *Cook's Note: Filling will be thick.

For the crust:
1) Knead all ingredients together in a large bowl, slowly adding the water. Divide into 2 pieces and roll out on a lightly floured work surface. One will be the bottom crust, the other the top. Place 1 piece of dough into the bottom of a 22-cm dish. Add filling and top with the other piece of dough. Crimp the edges together with a spoon or a fork. Brush the top crust with melted butter and bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes.

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