Butter chicken pie

Butter chicken pie

This recipe for butter chicken pie from Sabrina Gidda is comfort food at its finest. It's the perfect dish for warming up on chilly days.
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  1. Step 1

    Begin by marinating the chicken: 24 hours is perfect but do it for as long as you can. Mix the yoghurt, masala, ginger and garlic pastes in a bowl and add the chicken. Cover and refrigerate
  2. Step 2

    When you are ready to cook, make the sauce. Heat the ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan, add the onions and cook for 15–20 minutes until they sweat and start to brown. Add the chilli, ginger and garlic pastes and cook for 5–6 minutes, stirring continuously. Add the passata and add 150ml water to the sauce with the ground spices and salt. Simmer for 15–20 minutes
  3. Step 3

    Turn your grill to its highest setting, or you can use your oven. Take out the chicken, remove any excess marinade and put onto a baking tray greased with the oil. Grill for 15–20 minutes, turning throughout to ensure the chicken is cooked. You want to encourage colouration and a little char as it will add great flavour
  4. Step 4

    Finish the dish by adding the chicken to the sauce, along with the cream and a generous scattering of fresh coriander. Allow this to cool completely before making your pie. You can use shortcrust or puff pastry
  5. Step 5

    Preheat the oven to 160°C fan/180°C/375°F/gas mark 5. Line a 20cm round ovenproof dish with the rolled pastry to a thickness of about 4–5mm. Spoon in your sauce, and top with more pastry. Trim the excess (feel free to cut out shapes to decorate the top) and crimp the edges with a fork or by using your fingers and thumbs. Egg-wash the pie with a whisked yolk or two, and sprinkle with nigella seeds.
  6. Step 6

    Bake for 45 minutes until the filling is hot and the pastry is golden and crispy, and then serve