Any engineer would recall how big of a part π played during our undergrad days – as a recent Electrical Engineering graduate 2πf was a constant term that appeared somewhere or the other almost every semester!
14th of March is celebrated as the World Pi Day as the digits 3 and 14 are the first three digits of π in decimal form. This year, it’s even more special as 3/14/15 goes one step closer to the actual value of 3.14159263. A simple research led me to realize there’s so many interesting facts surrounding this little man π. Don’t fret, I will not bore anyone with them but, the geek in me could not resist the urge to bake (or rather airfry) a chicken pie to celebrate Pi Day and tribute a number that I used almost on a daily basis.
Cast of Characters:
- 300g of Chicken breast (Boneless thigh meat would be great but both of us prefer breast meat, so breast it is)
- 2 potatoes, 2 carrots, 1 onion and 3 stalks of celery cubed
- Chopped garlic
- A handful of frozen peas
- 2 Tablespoons of plain flour
- 2 knobs of Butter
- Half a cup of milk and 1.5 cups of water
- Salt, a Turmeric powder, Pepper, Worcestershire sauce and half a stock cube
- Puff pastry
Lightly poach the chicken together with half the garlic, a wee bit of turmeric, salt, pepper, worcestershire sauce, half a stock cube and 1.5 cups of water.
Once the chicken has semi cooked, add to it the cubed potatoes, cover and cook till the potatoes are soft.
Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the pan and shred into pieces and set aside.
While the potatoes are cooking away, heat up a pan with butter and immediately add to it the garlic, onions and the celery. Let it sauté with a help of a little bit of salt.
Once they start giving a wonderful aroma, add to it the carrots.
After about 2 mins, add in the flour and stir till the veges are coated with the flour.
Put into a baking dish and cover with a rolled out puff pastry (I’m no pastry chef, so mine was store bought, you could use any). I made a π shape out of leftover pastry scraps and finally egg washed.
It was then airfried it for 18 mins at 185°C. I guess you could bake it in an oven at a slightly higher temperature for the same time. Since everything inside is cooked, a golden color on the pastry would indicate it’s ready to be devoured.