I had plenty of left over chicken from a roast chicken dinner on Sunday, so this pie was perfect to use it up. I added some mushrooms to bulk it out as I didn't have 500g of chicken, and I omitted the white wine, because if I open wine, I have to drink it. The filo pastry made a wonderfully light topping, but the pie had enough substance to be filling without piling potatoes on the side. With a name like Tangle Pie I had to give this Hairy Dieters recipe a try.
429 calories per serving
1 medium onion, peeled and ﬁnely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 medium leek, trimmed and cut into thin slices
100ml white wine
1 chicken stock cube
1kg whole cooked chicken (I used leftover chicken)
100g sliced smoked ham
2 tbsp plain ﬂour
300g half-fat crème fraiche
freshly ground black pepper
Pour over the white wine and 100ml of the water. Dissolve the stock cube in the pan by squishing it with a wooden spoon. Keep simmering on a high heat and stir constantly until the liquid has reduced by about half, then remove the pan from the heat.
Strip oﬀ the skin from the chicken and tear the meat oﬀ the bones and into bite-sized pieces. Place them in a large bowl. Cut the ham into strips about 1.5cm wide and add them to the bowl. Sprinkle the ﬂour on top and toss lightly together.
Add the onion and stock mixture, the rest of the water and the crème fraiche. Season with lots of freshly ground black pepper and stir all the ingredients together until just combined. Spoon into a 1.5-litre pie dish. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Pile the ﬁlo sheets on the work surface, one on top of the other, and divide into 9 rectangles, cutting through all the layers. Put the oil into a small bowl.
One at a time, brush each pastry rectangle lightly with a little oil and very loosely scrunch it up. You’ll need to just dip the tip of the pastry brush in the oil to make sure the oil lasts for all the pastry. Place the scrunched-up ﬁlo on top of the ﬁlling, putting the pieces close together until the surface of the pie is completely covered.
Bake the pie for 30–35 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden brown and the ﬁlling is bubbling. Serve with some green vegetables – no need to add extra potatoes or rice.