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Chook and Mushroom Pie with Salad Greens and Traditional Tomato Sauce

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Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.

Step 2: Season the Chicken Maryland with sea salt and pepper.

Step 3: Butter a baking dish. Place the seasoned chicken Maryland into the baking dish, drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and put into the oven to roast for 20 minutes.

Step 4: Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes, loosely covered with foil.

Step 5: Meanwhile, heat the Chicken Stock over a medium high heat in a small pot.

Step 6: Place a large saucepan over high heat, add the butter and once this has turned nut brown, add a dash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to inhibit burning. Add the mushrooms and fry for 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 7: Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and cook for a further couple of minutes.

Step 8: Gradually stir in the hot stock, then the cream. Simmer gently until the mixture has thickened.

Step 9: Remove the meat from the Maryland and chop in to 1 centimetre pieces, then fold through with the herbs into the mushroom mixture. Season to taste.

Step 10: Refrigerate until chilled.

Step 11: Make the pastry and once chilled, roll to 3 mm thick and cut to line greased pie dishes, leaving a “lip” over the edge.

Step 12: Cut out six smaller rounds – these are the pie lids.

Step 13: Fill the cases with the chilled chicken mixture. Egg wash the pastry lip and seal the lids in place. Trim the pastry and score the top of each pie. Egg wash the tops of the pies and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Step 14: Increase the oven temperature to 220°C.

Step 15: Place the pies onto a flat baking tray then place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce oven to 180C and bake for a further 5 – 10 minutes until golden brown.

Step 16: Remove from the oven and serve.

Salad of Greens

Step 17: Wash all of the salad greens and spin dry well so that there is no residual moisture on the leaves, set aside.

Step 18: To make the salad dressing place the Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar and Vino Cotto into a mixing bowl, whisk together and season to taste, set aside.

Step 19: Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and lightly dress with Maggie’s salad dressing. Dress salad at table before serving, season with salt and pepper.

Step 20: Serve Chicken Pie with Salad Greens and Traditional Tomato Sauce.


  1. 1.38kg 6 pieces free range chicken maryland skin on
  2. 20g to taste salt flakes
  3. 450ml 2 cups Chicken Stock
  4. 50g unsalted butter softened
  5. 7 large mushrooms chopped
  6. 200ml cream
  7. 2 tbspn flat leaf parsley chopped
  8. 2 tbspn oregano chopped
  9. 2 tbspn thyme chopped

Sour Cream Pastry

  1. You'll need to make: 1 batch Sour Cream Pastry
  2. 60g 1 eggs
  3. 60ml 1/4 cup milk

Salad Greens

  1. 1 white witlof leaves removed
  2. 50g rocket
  3. 1/2 radicchio roughly torn
  4. 30ml 1 1/2 tbspn Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  5. 5ml 1/2 tspn Vino Cotto
  6. To season sea salt

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