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Chicken Balmoral pie


Serves: 6
timePrep time: 1 hr
timeTotal time:
Chicken Balmoral pie
Recipe photograph by Martin Poole

Chicken Balmoral pie

Chicken, bacon, haggis and whisky – the perfect combination for a richly decadent celebration pie

Serves: 6
timePrep time: 1 hr
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
1188Kcal
Fat
70gr
Saturates
37gr
Carbs
68gr
Sugars
11gr
Fibre
10gr
Protein
60gr
Salt
2.8gr

Sarah Akhurst

Sarah Akhurst

Our Food Director Sarah is a food obsessive, and spends most of her time scoping out the latest food trends, experimenting in her own kitchen, or making her family wait to eat while she photographs every dinner she makes for the 'gram! A complete Middle Eastern food junkie, she is never far from a good shawarma marinade, a pinch of Aleppo chilli or a sprig of dill
See more of Sarah Akhurst ’s recipes
Sarah Akhurst

Sarah Akhurst

Our Food Director Sarah is a food obsessive, and spends most of her time scoping out the latest food trends, experimenting in her own kitchen, or making her family wait to eat while she photographs every dinner she makes for the 'gram! A complete Middle Eastern food junkie, she is never far from a good shawarma marinade, a pinch of Aleppo chilli or a sprig of dill
See more of Sarah Akhurst ’s recipes

Ingredients

For the pie
  • a 1.5kg whole chicken
  • 1 carrot, unpeeled, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 60g butter
  • 110g streaky bacon, chopped
  • 250g haggis, cut into chunky pieces
  • 2 leeks, washed and thickly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 rosemary sprigs, needles chopped
  • 50g plain flour
  • 200ml double cream
  • 75ml Taste the Difference Highland single malt Scotch whisky
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 x 375g sheet ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
For the mash
  • 750g potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 500g swede, peeled and cubed
  • 80g salted butter
  • 75ml milk

Step by step

  1. Put the chicken in a large stock pot with the carrot, onion and peppercorns. Cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and poach the chicken for 1 hour. Remove the chicken to a board and set aside. Bring the stock back to the boil and continue to boil for 15-20 minutes or until reduced by half. Strain to remove the vegetables and peppercorns and measure out 500ml in readiness for the sauce. Set aside.
  2. HHeat half of the butter in a large saucepan and fry the bacon and haggis for 4-5 minutes, or until starting to crisp up. Try not to move the haggis around too much or it will crumble. Remove to a plate with a slotted spoon, then add the remaining butter to the pan. Fry the leeks, garlic and rosemary on a low heat for 10 minutes, or until very soft.
  3. Sprinkle in the flour and cook out for a couple of minutes, then slowly add the 500ml chicken poaching stock, whisking as you add it to prevent any lumps forming. Add the cream, whisky and mustard, then bring to a simmer and cook for 6-8 minutes or until thickened to a sauce-like consistency. Remove from the heat and season well.
  4. Discard the skin from the chicken and strip off all the meat. Shred into chunky pieces and add to the sauce along with the bacon and haggis. Transfer to a pie dish and cool completely.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Unroll the pastry and use to cover the pie dish, trimming then crimping the edges to seal. Brush with the beaten egg, make a steam hole in the lid, then bake on a tray for 30-35 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.
  6. For the mash, put the potatoes and swede in two separate pans of cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until tender – the swede may take a bit longer to cook. Drain and combine in one pan, add the butter and milk and mash until smooth. Season to taste and serve with the pie.

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