Chunky tender chicken cooked in a blend of homemade tom yum paste and encased in a buttery pastry topped with grated cheddar cheese. This delicious Tom Yum Chicken Pie Recipe is shared by home cook Elizabeth Tan. A new twist on an old favourite classic chicken pie.
12cmpiece galangalfreshly peeled and cut into small pieces
8pcskaffir leavesthinly sliced
2tspnam prik pao(thai roasted chilli paste)
lime juiceextracted from 4 limes
2red onionsmall-size, roughly chopped
¼cupoilas more as required to blend the ingredients
Pie filling ingredients (C)
500gchicken thighcut into small pieces
1tspcoarse black pepper
4tbsptom yum paste
Topping ingredients (D)
1pktgrated cheddar cheese
1bowldiameter 15cm (to cut the dough)
Step 1: Prepare the puff pastry
In a Kenwood food processor, place flour and salt. Use a spatula and give it a good mix. Add in butter, pulse twice till the butter breaks into smaller pieces.
Add in water and blitz it at low speed till it becomes crumbly. The dough is ready when you pinch the mixture and it comes together.
Dust the worktop generously with flour and place dough over it. Pat it into a rough square. Here's a tip, when you see chunks of butter or if the dough seems too dry, do not add extra water. The dough will come together with each roll.
Dust the rolling pin, roll the dough out forward into a rectangle.
Fold the bottom 1/3 to the middle, fold the top 1/3 to the middle. Turn the dough clockwise and roll it into the rectangle.
Repeat the same steps six times.
When that is done, wrap the dough in the cling wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
Step 2: Prepare the tom yum paste
Switch the food processor to the blender and place all the ingredients in. Blitz the ingredients until it forms a smooth paste. Add in more oil gradually to make the blend smoother.
Step 3: Prepare and cook the chicken
In a frying pan, add the tom yum paste and fry until the colour darkens and the oil has seeped out. Add in chicken and mixed vegetables. Fry till the chicken is fully cooked through.
Step 4: Roll out the puff pastry, fit into the ramekin and bake
Preheat the oven to 190 degree Celsius.
Line the base of the ramekins with baking paper.
Roll out the puff pastry to about 0.5cm thickness. A gentle reminder not to roll it too thin as it will be too crumbly to handle after it is baked.
Use the 15cm diameter bowl to cut the dough. Transfer the dough to the ramekin and gently push it down to form the shape.
With the remaining dough, grab them together, roll it, cut out the 15cm shape and fit it into the ramekin. Repeat the same steps for the remaining ramekin.
Line another layer of baking paper on the dough and pour rice into it. The rice is used as a weight and prevents the pastry from puffing up when it is baked.
Transfer to the oven and bake for 30 mins till the pastry turns brown on top.
Step 5: Add the filling to the baked pie, top with cheese and bake
Once the puff pastry is baked, remove the rice and baking paper. Remove the pastry from the ramekin.
Fill it generously with the chicken filling and top it up with grated cheddar cheese.
Bake for 10 – 12 min at 170 degree Celsius till the cheese bubbles.