Chicken & mushroom hot-pot

Get the kids in the kitchen to help use up leftover cooked chicken in this hearty pie topped with slices of potato

PREP 35 mins
COOK 25 mins
DIFFICULTY Easy
SERVES/MAKES 4

Nutrition:

  • calories 343
  • carbs 29
  • saturated fat 7
  • sugar 3
  • protein 22
  • fat 15
  • fibre 3
  • salt 1.1

Ingredients

50g butter or margarine, plus extra for greasing
1 onion, chopped
100g button mushrooms, sliced
40g plain flour
1 chicken stock cube or 500ml fresh chicken stock
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of mustard powder
250g cooked chicken, chopped
2 handfuls of a mixed pack of sweetcorn, peas, broccoli and carrots, or pick your favourites
2 large potatoes, sliced into rounds
knob of butter, melted

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the butter in a medium-size saucepan and place over a medium heat. Add the onion and leave to cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms to the saucepan with the onions.
  2. Once the onion and mushrooms are almost cooked, stir in the flour – this will make a thick paste called a roux. If you are using a stock cube, crumble the cube into the roux now and stir well. Put the roux over a low heat and stir continuously for 2 mins – this will cook the flour and stop the sauce from having a floury taste.
  3. Take the roux off the heat. Slowly add the fresh stock, if using, or pour in 500ml water if you’ve used a stock cube, stirring all the time. Once all the liquid has been added, season with pepper, a pinch of nutmeg and mustard powder. Put the saucepan back onto a medium heat and slowly bring it to the boil, stirring all the time. Once the sauce has thickened, place on a very low heat. Add the cooked chicken and vegetables to the sauce and stir well. Grease a medium-size ovenproof pie dish with a little butter and pour in the chicken and mushroom filling.
  4. Carefully lay the potatoes on top of the hot-pot filling, overlapping them slightly, almost like a pie top.
  5. Brush the potatoes with a little melted butter and cook in the oven for about 35 mins. The hot-pot is ready once the potatoes are cooked and golden brown.