The Herald Sun columnist who published this recipe made the comment that the quality of the chicken makes a difference in this dish – no doubt you could say that about any chicken dish. Even so using free range chicken, that has a lot more flavour, would probably be a good idea.
I know it’s lazy but I think being able to buy frozen sheets of pastry is a wonder of modern baking. Although I don’t usually buy wholemeal sheets I do think they would work really well in this tandoori flavoured chicken and vegetable roll.
The combination of chicken, spinach and cheese is always a winner for me and even better if it’s wrapped in pastry. This recipe uses filo pastry, which is a bit fiddly to use, but if you can’t be bothered or don’t have the time, puff pastry would work just as well.
A couple of years ago my youngest son had a great holiday in Tasmania and came back with several bottles of a new cider he’d discovered – Pagan Cider. Since then we always have a few bottles in the fridge, one of which I’m now going to use to try this chicken recipe – guess I’d better make it when he’s coming for dinner.
To be honest I’m not a lover of duck, but I know I’m in the minority. This 70s recipe comes from a booklet put out by the Australian Wine Board titled ‘Bacchus in the Kitchen’, which paired dishes with wines. The suggestion for this recipe is to serve it with a dry red.
Large filled Vol-au-Vent cases just screams 1970s entree to me. Of course the smaller version were served before dinner or at parties with drinks, but the larger ones filled with chicken or fish mornay were a popular first course. The good thing about this recipe is that you can dispense with the cases and just make the chicken filling, if you use a rotisserie chicken and serve it with rice it should taste great.
This is another recipe from the Women’s Week Let’s Go Greek supplement. It uses fillo pastry, but you could change that to shortcrust or puff if you wanted to. The fillo would be lighter, but the others would still make a good pie.