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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Magic Chicken Pie

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This is a delicious dish that I like to make every now and again. Todd really loves it, but then again he is somewhat of a pie man.  I like to make my own pies and whilst this isn't like your traditional type of pie, it is still very satisfying and quite, quite tasty!

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It uses a ready made baking mix.  You can of course buy the store bought kind, but I tend to make my own and keep it on hand in the freezer.  (I bring it to room temperature prior to using)  I will give you the recipe for it below.   It also uses a tin of condensed cream soup. You can also make that from scratch if it bothers you to use a tin, but as for me, I am not really bothered.  The soup makes a delicious gravy for this and I like it.  I'm not a tinned soup snob like some people are.  It was something that I had as a child and it never killed me yet!

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In fact, I would go so far as to say that I love some tinned soups better than homemade . . .  specifically Heinz Tomato Soup.  To me that tastes of comfort and home and my childhood and there just is no substitute for that!

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This chicken pie is so much easier than a convntional chicken pie.  The ingredients are simply layered in a buttered casserole dish and baked.  First on the bottom there is shredded cooked chicken, which gets topped by some minced onion and then some cheese . . .

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Next comes a layer of vegetables.  I always use a frozen mix, but you can cook fresh if you are not pressed for time.  I like the country mix which has peas, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower, but you use whatever is your favourite.  I can't eat corn so I have to avoid any vegetable mix with corn in it.

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The vegetables are topped with a batter that you make with the baking mix and then a mix of soup and stock is poured over all.  You don't need to stir anything together.  Just layer it and then pop it into the oven.  About three quarters of an hour later and presto chango, just like magic you got a delicious chicken pie!

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One good thing to note also is that this recipe can successfully be cut in half.  Because there are only two of us I do that all the time and it works great.  Cut in half it makes enough for us to enjoy together for one meal and then Todd enjoys the leftovers the day after.

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Its really delicious, simple and easy to make.  I hope you'll give it a go!   We love it!  All you need is a salad or something like a salad on the side!

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*Magic Chicken Pie*
Serves 6 

A few simple ingredients are layered and then baked and then just like magic, you got a tasty chicken pie to enjoy!  This is a real family pleaser! 

4 TBS butter
2 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, shredded
2 cups fresh or frozen vegetables
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
120g grated strong cheddar cheese (1 cup)
260g of baking mix (2 cups, like Biscuick)
355ml milk (1 1/2 cups)
355ml hot chicken stock (1 1/2 cups)
2 chicken stock cubes
1 (295g) tin condensed cream of chicken soup (10.75 ounces)

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Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Cut the butter into chunks and place it in the bottom of a 9 by 13 inch baking dish.  Place in the oven to melt the butter.  Remove when the butter is melted. 

Whisk together the milk and baking mix.  Set aside. 

Whisk together the chicken stock and stock cubes.  Gradually mix this into the chicken soup in a bowl, until smooth.  Set aside. 

Do as follows without mixing the ingredients together.  Place the shredded chicken evenly over the melted butter.  Top evenly with the vegetables. Scatter the onion over top of the veggies.  Sprinkle the cheese evenly over top of the onion.  Pour the baking mix batter over top of this and then finally pour the soup stock mix over all.  Place in the preheated oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top is becoming golden brown.   

Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes prior to serving.

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*Homemade Bisquick*
Makes about 6 cups
Printable Recipe 

This is so easy to make.  I like to keep mine in the freezer, but you can keep it at room temperature for several months.

700g plain flour (5 cups, all purpose)
3 TBS baking powder
2 tsp salt
220g of solid white vegetable fat (Crisco or Trex, 1 cup)

Put the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl of a food processer and blitz for a couple seconds.  Add half of the fat and blitz for about 30 seconds.  Add the remaining fat and blitz again for about 30 seconds.  The mixture should resemble fine bread crumbs. Store in an airtight container.
Note:  You can also do it by hand using a pastry blender.

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This makes a great midweek, family pleasing supper!  Bon Appetit!


  1. I'm going to try this Marie! Sounds great!

    1. It is truly fabulous Cynthia! Enjoy! xo

  2. Hello Marie, what a nice Pie you have made! I'll take note of your recipe and I will do it in a short time. Congratulations for your web. Regards from Spain, María

    1. Thank you so much Maria! It really is very good!

  3. My mom made her chicken a la king w/ cream of chicken..and celery:)
    It looks like I would raeally enjoy it Marie..
    I think I remember a were in a greenhouse type room of the resto..have fun at your next one:)

    1. There are cream of soup snobs Monique! I think it has its uses and I am not ashamed to admit it! That is the place! The greenhouse type of room resto. It's a lovely place! xo

  4. This sounds absolutely delicious and I love the fact that it can be cut in half for two people. I definitely will make it - minus the peas because my hubby HATES them but definitely everything else. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You can use whatever vegetable mix you want Anonymous! I am sure you will like it. I just took my half tin of soup and froze it for a later date as I know it will come in useful at some point! Hope you enjoy this! xo


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