When I was browsing the store for gluten-free things the other day I first time noticed they even have a full ‘Frozen gluten-free food’ section there! Heaven! This was really THE discovery of that day. Taking a closer look the frozen puff pastry automatically caught my eye. I LOVE puff pastry, no matter if sweet or hearty and I’ve really missed it since going gluten-free. So of course I bought a pack even if it was really pricy compared to regular frozen puff pastry. Anyway. I bought it, took it home, stored it in my freezer and started hunting for a good recipe to use the pastry. I found one on the internet, a pie. A chicken pie. I’ve always wanted to make a pie, even when I wasn’t even gluten-free, so this was my chance. Just let me tell you: It was the easiest thing to make and everyone loved it.
Here’s what you’ll need for 3-4 people:
– 500g chicken breast, no bones, no skin, cut into 3×3 cm pieces (approximately….)
– 250g fresh mushrooms, clean and sliced
– 2 onions, finely chopped (so the kids won’t notice…)
– a bit of cream (I used Creme Fraiche), ca. 100g
– herbs, if you like
– 1 sheet of puff pastry – it should be defrosted by the time you need it
– 150g diced bacon
– 1 tablespoon gluten-free all purpose flour
– 300ml vegetable stock (watch out for gluten-free stock!)
In a large pan, heat some olive oil and insert mushrooms, onions, bacon and chicken. Let it stew for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the stock and bring to a boil. In a very small bowl mix the flour and 1-2 tablespoons of water to get an even paste. When the mix is boiling in your pan, add the flour-paste and stir thoroughly, so the sauce will become thicker. Remove from heat and add the cream as well as salt, pepper, herbs to taste.
Fill the mix into an oven-safe dish and cover it with the puff-pastry, just like a lid. You can now mix an egg yolk and some milk and ‘paint’ the pastry’ with it, it makes a nice tan when the dish is done.
Put in your oven on medium heat (170 degrees) for about 20-30 minutes, you’ll see when the pastry is done.
Serve some fresh salad or cooked veggies as side dish and this makes a perfect, quick and easy family dinner. Voilà!