Chicken pie

Chicken pie is always a good idea. Here is an easy recipe for those who are hungry for a real pie.
chicken pie

Ingredients

Chicken fillets 200 g, cut into small pieces

1 onion, finely chopped

Puff Pastry, original

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon Cumin

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

50 g mushrooms, chopped

3 medium carrots, finely chopped

1 sprig rosemary

¾ cup chicken stock

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons cream cheese

1 egg

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Heat a medium sized pot on the stove. Add the butter, garlic and onion and fry for about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and the chicken. Spice with salt, pepper and cumin. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and cook for a further 10 minutes. Add the finely chopped rosemary and the mushrooms. Cook for another 5 minutes until most of the water is cooked away. Stir in the cream cheese and one or two spoons of flour if necessary, if the sauce is to watery. Grease a medium sized bowl (or cake tin) with butter or spray and cook. Roll out the puff pastry. Line the greased bowl/ tin with pastry. Add the filling. Cover with the rest of the pastry. Use a fork and press down all around the edges on the top pastry layer to combine the top and bottom pastry layers. Make a few air holes on the top or cut or two with a knife for steam to be released. Egg wash the pastry so that if can get a nice brown colour when baking. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy with a side salad.

Moroccan chicken

Moroccan chicken recipe
Moroccan chicken

Ingredients
Two portions couscous
Green beans, about 200g
1 medium butternut
250 g chicken
Plain feta
4 – 6 tablespoons plain Bulgarian yoghurt
1-2 garlic cloves
Some tarragon, fresh (if you have)
Some parsley, fresh (if you have)
1 large leek
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Half a teaspoon salt
Half a teaspoon ground black pepper
Half a teaspoon chili flakes
One teaspoon Marsala spice

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Add a bit of olive oil to a baking tray. On the tray, put pieces of garlic, tarragon, parsley, green beans (cut in half) and butternut pieces. Spice with chili, pepper, salt and Marsala spice. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes. Stir around at half time not to let it burn. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and fry together with chopped leek in a pan with some sesame oil, salt and pepper for about 5 minutes. Cook for a further 15-20 minutes on high heat until ready. Take from heat and add about 4 tablespoons of yoghurt and mix. Add the feta pieces to the warm, already prepared couscous. Mix everything in a large mixing bowl. Enjoy warm or cold.

Indonesian inspired Chicken Wrap

chicken wrap
chicken wrap

A fresh homemade wrap with Indonesian soy sauce, some chicken and veggies.
Mmmm easy and tasty!

Ingredients
for the wrap:
a cup of white flour
a pinch of salt
3 -4 tablespoons water

For the chicken:
200g chicken breast, sliced in strips
50ml sweet Indonesian soy sauce
salt and pepper
garlic, minced
ginger, cut into small pieces
a cup of cabbage
some fresh slices of carrot

Method
In a pan, fry the garlic and ginger in some olive oil. Add the chicken, salt and pepper and cook on high heat for about 5 minutes. Turn the heat to medium and cook for a further 5 minutes. Then add the soy sauce and cook for another minute or two, add the cabbage and steam the cabbage for 2 minutes on low heat.

In a bowl, mix the flour and the salt. Add the water, room temperature, little by little to form the dough.
Sprinkle some flour on a surface and roll out the dough. Try not to make it too thick because the wrap must be folded.

Put your frying pan on high heat, add olive oil and add the doughy wrap. Cook it on each side until cooked and a little bit brown, about two minutes, depending on the heat.

Prepare your wrap in a plate with some cream cheese and add your ingredients. Fold and enjoy!

Tip: Add some fresh coriander or basil!

Chicken Sosaties

Chicken sosaties
Chicken sosaties

Tasty bbq snack to be enjoyed with sunny weather.

Ingredients:
200 g chicken breast
half a red pepper
half a green pepper
one medium sized onion
1 tin pineapple pieces
1 carrot

some kebab skewers(+-10)

For the marinade:
half a cup soy sauce
the liquid/juice from the pineapple tin
14 inch piece ginger – cut into pieces
one garlic clove
half a tsp coriander spice
half a tsp cumin spice
half a tsp salt
half a tsp pepper
a sprig of thyme

Method:
Start by making the marinade. Cut the ginger and garlic into small pieces. Put the ginger and garlic in a bowl together with the soy sauce, thyme and all the dry spices. Cut the chicken into small pieces to fit onto the skewers. Let the chicken marinade for about 30 minutes or longer.

Now cut the veggies into small pieces to fit unto the skewers with the chicken. Thread pieces of chicken, onion, carrot, pepper and pineapple unto the skewers, leaving a bit of space open on each end as to prevent some pieces from falling off.

Cook on your grill or open fire on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until chicken and veggies are cooked and a little bit blackened from the fire.

Enjoy with some sweet chili sauce on the side.

chicken sosaties
chicken sosaties

Tropical Chicken Curry

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Ingredients
400 g Chicken breasts
a teaspoon fresh ginger sliced into 1-inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Curry powder
2 teaspoons Garam Masala powder
1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
2 teaspoons Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 medium onions
4 tablespoons olive oil
1  large tin pineapples pieces
1 small green apple, finely chopped
¾ cup full cream milk
1 cup chicken stock
3-4 bay leaves
1 banana
Desiccated coconut to serve
Chutney to taste
Basil for garnish

Method
I’m crazy about a good curry! A curry is always such an exciting and exotic dish. I looked in my kitchen cupboard to get some inspiration to spice up a regular evening’s dinner to find a large tin of pineapples which motivated me to make the following dish;

Fry onions, ginger, garlic, curry powder, salt and pepper in some olive oil. Fry until brown in colour. Add the chicken pieces  and fry a bit on each side for about 5 minutes until browned. Next, add the pineapple pieces, juice from the tin, apple, milk, bay leaves and chicken stock. Cook, covered, on medium heat  for about 25-30 minutes . Add  a teaspoon  turmeric spice. Remember to cook some rice or pasta to go with your meal. White rice works best because it sucks up the curry saucyness which makes it yummy.  Right before the end, add Garam Masala spice and cook for a further 10 minutes or longer. The longer the curry is cooked, the more the chicken absorbs the curry to make it more succulent. Serve the curry on rice with chutney, banana slices and coconut on the side.

Tip: the banana can also be fried.

Enjoy!