Country Chicken Casserole Pie

Total Time
1hr 37mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 7 mins

Entry for RSC Winter January 2005 -- Main Dish

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400f degrees.
  2. Par boil scrubed, quartered, unpeeled potatoes in salted water, approximately 10 minutes, cool and cube into 1/2 inch pieces; set aside.
  3. Place coriander, cumin, salt and pepper in plastic bag; add chicken cubes and shake to coat; refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. In a large nonstick frypan, on medium high heat, melt 1/4 cup butter with olive oil, stir to mix.
  5. Add onions and mushrooms, saute until onions are just beginning to turn brown, about 8 minutes; add garlic, Anaheim pepper(if using) and chicken cubes with spices and any accumulated juices in bag, cook, stirring for 4 minutes.
  6. Add wine and deglaze pan, cook and stir another 2 minutes.
  7. Add 1 cup chicken stock, cook and stir 1 minute.
  8. In the meantime, add flour to 1/2 cup chicken stock and whisk until smooth; add to frypan while stirring to mix.
  9. Bring to simmer, simmer 1 minute, or until thickened, add snap peas and potatoes.
  10. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  11. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to pour into prepared phyllo crust.
  12. Phyllo Crust:.
  13. On a dampened teatowel, lay out 8 phyllo pastry sheets; cover with a second dampened teatowel, keep covered while using so that it will not dry out.
  14. Brush medium size casserole with melted butter.
  15. Brush melted butter on one phyllo sheet, cover with a second sheet and brush second sheet with melted butter.
  16. Place the two sheets in buttered casserole, with the sheet edges/corners hanging over the casserole edge.
  17. Separate the spinach leaves into 4 piles, removing any long stems.
  18. Place one pile of spinach leaves in a layer to cover the bottom of the casserole on top of the pastry sheets.
  19. Repeat this 3 more times, rotating the pastry sheets so that the pastry corners are beside each other around the casserole edge; ending with a layer of spinach.
  20. Pour chicken mixture into spinach lined crust; smooth top and fold edges of phyllo over filling with the corners meeting in the centre; turn phyllo corner ends up to form an opening for steam release.
  21. Liberally brush top of pie with melted butter.
  22. Place on centre rack in 400f degree oven for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350f degrees and bake a further 35 minutes or until filling is bubbling and pastry is golden and crisp.


Most Helpful

I chose this recipe because I thought with the use of cumin, coriander, and peppers it would be a spicier version of a pot pie. As it turned out I liked the idea of the spices, but think they need to be increased slightly to add a liitle more punch. The spice coated chicken pieces were good, that flavor just needs to impact the rest of the dish. I was also interested in the layering of the spinach between the layers of phyllo dough. I don’t know if it was this or only using 8 sheets of phyllo, but mine never got crisp. The crispness phyllo adds is why I love using phyllo, so I was disappointed on that score as well. My DH’s comment was that the phyllo “just evaporated”. If I prepare this again I would add more color to the veggie mix by adding diced red peppers or pimentos and maybe frozen corn. I would also take care to thicken the sauce farther than I did this time. I thought this recipe contains good ideas, but needs some tweeking to make it come together. I will be interested in seeing if others had a similar experience with this recipe. I am willing to try it again if I can figure out where I went wrong. Thanks for entering RSC #6.

Susie D February 21, 2005

This was a really great recipe! There are, of course, some things I had to do a little differently. I didn't have cumin, so omited. Also, I didn't have wine, so I used chicken broth instead. Also... and this is so embaressing, I forgot to let my phyllo thaw out. Can you see me blushing? So, it crumbled and fell apart, so this became a very interesting puzzle. lol However, all was well and the flavors are awsome. The chicken filling would work with so many things: regular pie dough, or sheepherd's pie style with mashed potatoes. I would likely use normal pie dough in the future since I find it easier to work with (I'm sure it's a matter of practice) and easier to come by (in my neck of the world) The spinach in the bottom crust was a great touch, and a lovely sneaky way to get more veggies in. I'm happy to give this recipe a place in my permanent cookbook.

Annie H February 13, 2005

Wow everyone really liked this. I kept asking if there was anything they would change, but they said no. I think the wine flavor was a little strong. I would also prepare whatever I could earlier in the day (yes I know I should have done that) - the chopping and cooking the potatoes. I felt a little harried trying to do it all at once and it seemed a little complicated. Everyone loved the combination of spinach and mushrooms. Anyway, there were no leftovers lol. Great recipe.

CoolMonday February 12, 2005

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