Chicken Pastel


For the crust

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled lard or vegetable shortening
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons ice water

For the filling

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken thighs, about six thighs, cut into bite-
  • size pieces
  • 2 potatoes, cubed
  • 2 carrots, cubed
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 small red bell pepper pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Sift flour and salt together. Mix the chilled shortening and butter.
  2. Cut the shortening into the flour with a pastry cutter or fork or work it in lightly with the tips of your fingers until it has the consistency of cornmeal. Work it in lightly and do not overwork the dough because it will become dense and greasy.
  3. Sprinkle the dough with ice water. Blend the water gently into the dough until it just holds together. If necessary add another teaspoon to a tablespoon of ice water enough to hold the ingredients together.
  4. Shape the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use. If the dough has been chilled longer than 30 minutes, let it stand until it feels firm yet pliable, like modeling clay, when pressed. If it is too cold, the dough will crack around the edges when rolled.
  5. Heat oil in a pot over medium high heat. Saute garlic and onions until fragrant and softened, about 5 minutes. Add chicken and brown on all sides. Add potatoes, carrots, tomato sauce, and fish sauce. Cover and let chicken simmer over low heat until chicken, potatoes, and carrots are cooked through, about 30 minutes. Add red bell pepper and stir in heavy cream. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Ladle chicken and vegetables into a 9-inch pie dish or divide into smaller ovenproof bowls. Roll out the dough into a 10-inch circle and carefully place it on top of the chicken and vegetables. Crimp the edges of the dough onto the edges of the pie dish. If baking in smaller bowls, divide the dough equally into the number of bowls before rolling it out. Place pie dish or bowls on a sheet pan and place inside the oven. Bake until top is brown, about 45 to 50 minutes.
Source : Jun Blog

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