As winter approaches and the temperature is beginning to drop, nothing quite hits the spot like a warm pie! So here's a recipe for a fantastic home cooked pie, healthy and delicious with variations a plenty for it!
Sweet Potato Chicken Pie - 2/3 Servings
2 Chicken Breasts
3-4 Sweet potatoes (depending on size)
Splash of milk
Cooking Time - 30 Minutes
Start by prepping the veg and chopping the potatoes into small chunks. Place into separate saucepans.
Cut the chicken into pieces and place into pan.
Put the potatoes onto the hob, they take around 10-15 minutes. Put a fork/knife into a couple to check if done, if they break apart readily they are ready. Have the chicken pan on the hob, cook until all chicken pieces are cooked and white all the way through. Season with mixed herbs, pepper and chilli to give it a slight kick. Place the saucepan of veg onto the hob and cook until just ready, time dependant on the veg you have used.
Drain the potatoes and place them back in the pan, add a knife of butter and a splash of milk and then mash.
Place the chicken and drained veg into your pyrex dish.
Make up a quick gravy with granules, boiling water and you can even use some of the drained veg water to add more flavour. Pour over the mix in the pyrex dish.
Place the mash on top of the mix, smooth it down to cover any gaps.
Grate cheese on top of the mash.
Place the dish into the oven on 180(fan oven) and leave for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted and mash topping begins to crisp.
Now I personally love this recipe, it taste great and it isn't too difficult to make. It also has so many different variations that can be made to the recipe above that you can chop and change to your heart's content.
The main change I make from the above is step 6, now if I want to make this even healthier, I will avoid using gravy here and instead cut and squeeze some lime over the mixture. I find this avoids the inside tasting dry while adding a lovely natural flavour.
But like I say, you can change so much, want to make a bigger version? Increase the amounts and size of dish. Prefer different veg? Use different veg. Don't think you'll use the veg after? You can substitute fresh veg for frozen veg, it loses some of its nutrients but not many at all, especially if you buy the whole style packets and not chopped. Make it more of a shepherd's pie? Use mince in palce of chicken!
The possibilities can be endless and it makes a delicious hearty meal, to keep you warm as the cold sets in!