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Chicken and Red Currant Pie

The currants add a tart layer to this meaty pie. Cranberries can be used if currants are not available. Great recipe for the picnic. You can serve it hot or cold. If you are planning to use it hot don’t put jelly at the end. The pie freezes well. This pie would be amazing for Thanksgiving if you are using turkey and cranberry sauce.

Chicken and Red Currant Pie

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  • For the filling:
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 lb ground veal or sausage meat
  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • finely grated rind of 2 oranges
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb chicken breast fillets
  • 1 cup fresh red currant
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups aspic jelly, made according to the instructions on the packet
  • For the pastry:
  • 4 cups plain all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup butter or lard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup mixed milk and water



Preheat the oven to 350F. In the bowl, mix together the veal, ground chicken, coriander, herbs, orange rind, ginger, and salt. Season with black pepper to taste.


To make the pastry, sift the flour into a large bowl with the salt. Heat the butter or lard in a small pan with the milk and water until just beginning to boil. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.


Quickly stir the liquid into the flour until a very dough is formed. Place on a clean work surface and knead until smooth. Cut one-third of the dough for the lid, wrap in clear film, and keep in a warm place.


Roll out the large piece of dough on a floured surface and use to line the base and sides of a greased 8in loose-based, springform cake tin. Work with the dough while it is still warm, as it will break if it becomes too cold.


Thinly slice the chicken breast fillets. Put them between two pieces of clear film and flatten with a rolling pin to a thickness of 1/8 in. Spoon half the meat mixture into the tin, pressing it well into the edges. Cover it with half the chicken slices and then the red currants, followed by the remaining chicken and finally the rest of the meat mixture.


Roll out the remaining dough and use to cover the filling, trimming off any excess and sealing the edges with a little beaten egg. Make a steam hole in the center of the lid and decorate the top by cutting pastry trimmings into leaf shapes. Brush with some beaten egg and bake for 2 hours. Cover the pie with foil if the top gets too brown.


Place the pie on a wire to cool. When cold, use a funnel to fill the pie with liquid aspic jelly. Leave the jelly to set for a few hours or overnight, before unfolding the pie to serve it.

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    Pola M
    May 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    How beautiful! I have to try making this sort of pie!

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    May 26, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Pie looks beautiful but where do you get currants? Unless you grow your own… I love currants and miss it very much!

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    May 26, 2012 at 4:49 am

    I got red currant from the Russian store, frozen kind. But I have two bushes of red current, they are not ready yet. I hope we have many berries this summer. Planning to make jam and dessert with them. Pie is very good. We had it for dinner today.

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    Peggy G.
    May 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    what a gorgeous and unique pie!

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    May 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Wow! This looks like an absolute feast… in one pie. Love it.

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    May 27, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Beautiful pie! It would be perfect for a special occasion. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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    Thyme (Sarah)
    May 28, 2012 at 2:19 am

    How delicious and beautiful. I just love this and am bookmarking it. It looks like something out of my old Charles Dickens movies.

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    May 29, 2012 at 6:39 am

    That pie looks stunning! The golden brown crust and all that meat inside. I'm wiping drool off my keyboard right now! And red currant — I always thought they go well with pork and just that, but adding them to the pie would actually produce a nice balance to it, I'm guessing.

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