The main ingredient that I was trying to use up this week was a packet of Filo pastry that had been in my freezer just a bit too long, after struggling to fold some rather flaky and dry sheets of Filo into a parcel shape, in my Wild Mushroom Parcel Recipe, I didn’t really want to attempt to make some planned chicken parcels.
I was at a loss of what to do with the remaining pastry but as I already had the chicken & apricot filling planned I thought that instead of making a parcel I would create a pie by topping the dish with crushed up filo pastry.
I had some dried apricots left over from a recent baking attempt and I know that apricot and chicken can work quite well together, hence the inspiration for the recipe that follows:
- 1 x tbsp. Olive Oil
- 2 x Chicken Breasts diced
- 1 x Onion finely chopped
- 1 x Garlic Clove crushed
- 3 x Dried Apricots finely chopped
- 200ml Crème Fraiche/Cream
- 200ml Chicken Stock
- Dash White Wine (Optional)
- 2 x Sheets Filo Pastry
- Small handful of Flaked Almonds (Optional)
Preheat oven to 180c (Fan)
Heat 1 tbsp. Olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat
Add onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes
Add chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes until browned
Add chopped apricots and cook for a further minute
Add dash of white wine if using (a dash of water or stock will do just fine if not, I used a couple of white wine ice cubes that I’d made previously from the remnants of a bottle of wine) and scrape the bottom of the pan to incorporate all the lovely flavours
Add stock and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half.
Finally add the cream, stir and season well. Continue to cook on the hob for 5-10 minutes, until sauce has thickened slightly
Meanwhile flake the two sheets of filo pastry, I did this by putting the sheets into a plastic freezer back and crushing with my hands
Remove the mixture from the heat and fill a greased pie-dish, top with the flaked filo pastry and for a bit of extra crunch sprinkle over a few flaked almonds
Sprinkle with milk or egg to ensure that the topping will turn a nice golden brown (I used a pastry brush and flicked it over the pie, you’ll find you’ll be unable to brush it as the flakes of pastry will stick to the brush)
Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes or until the topping of pie turns golden brown.
Fresh Apricots would work well (if not better) I’d recommend just reducing the number as my pie was quite sweet.
The measurements of stock and cream are estimates, as a general rule, ensure all of the ingredients are just covered by the liquid.
If you add too much liquid, corn flour is a great way to thicken up a sauce.
If you don’t want to make a pie and are better at working with filo pastry than I am, you could make small individual parcels.