Day 4 of “Damn Chicken” – Stuff it in a crust.
Another night, more chicken. I was trying to decide what to do and when I opened the refrigerator I saw that I had spinach, zucchini, mushrooms and ricotta. I even had premade pie crusts and pine nuts. My very next thought was “Stuff it in a crust”.
What happened? I made 2 types of little chicken “pies”. I make them with beef and mushrooms, why not try chicken and vegetables?
This is SO EASY and so much can be done with it.
This time I used cooked chicken, spinach, ricotta, pine nuts, mushrooms and zucchini.
Today’s Filling Recipes:
1 Cup Cooked Chicken – Chopped
1 Cup Low Fat Ricotta
1 Cup Cooked Spinach
1/4 Cup (more or less depending on taste) Toasted Pine Nuts
Salt, Pepper and Garlic to Taste
Mix it all in a bowl and season to taste.
1/2 Cup Cooked Chicken – Chopped
1 Large Zucchini – Cooked and Diced
1/2 Cup Sautéed Crimini Mushrooms (or mushrooms of choice)
Salt, Pepper & Garlic to Taste
Again, Mix it all together and season to taste.
Roll out a premade pie crust, cut to desired size. I used a biscuit cutter but would like something a bit bigger.
Put a little bit of the chicken mixture in the middle of one round of the pie crust.
Fold over and use a fork to pinch closed.
Brush with egg wash.
Sprinkle with sea salt.
Pop them in an oven preheated per the pastry package directions. Pay attention to them. If you’ve rolled them thin like I did, they won’t take long to cook.
Each of these recipe fillings will make a dozen or so little “pies”. Great appetizers or make them bigger as part of a main course.
One more way to eat chicken without it being JUST CHICKEN.
Other thoughts I had were chicken with bbq sauce, bacon & cheddar or chicken, broccoli & cheese or even chicken green beans and mushrooms. You could even do it as a breakfast pie with scrambled eggs, chicken, cheese and maybe bacon too. The possibilities are endless (sort of)
So, take that leftover chicken and “Stuff it in a crust”.
Little note on these little “pies” – I took 18 of them to the office and they were gone by 10:30 in the morning.
These make really great appetizers for a crowd. Easy, light, flakey and DELICIOUS!
They were great with a beer too! 🙂