Get your children involved in making their own dinner with these delicious and easy chicken and vegetable pasties.
We’ve been really fortunate this summer that the weather has been great and we’ve spent a lot of time out and about at the park or the zoo. There have though been a few miserable (weather-wise) days where we’ve stayed at home and I’ve used these as a bit of an opportunity to get the boys involved in the kitchen. They both share my enjoyment of cooking and in the past I’ve always got them to join in with cakes and biscuits. However, there’s a bit of me that’s aware that I should probably help them to develop slightly wider cooking skills, so this summer I’ve been trying to stick to savoury instead (well except where they helped to make Daniel’s birthday but that was a special occasion so doesn’t count 🙂 ).
A few weeks ago I was challenged by Iceland to do some cooking with the boys using their range of frozen products. My immediate thought was to revert back to my sweet ways and make something involving frozen fruit (some sort of berry muffin or scones), but determined to stick to my savoury baking plan I came up with the idea of these easy chicken and vegetable pasties.
There are a number of reasons why using frozen ingredients make these much easier to make and therefore perfect for getting the children involved…
- I don’t have the patience to make my own puff pastry so I’m confident that a 3 and 6 year old would have no interest in making their own either (plus it’s a touch on the tricky side for them) so ready-made is definitely the way to go.
- Using pre-cooked frozen chicken means you don’t have to worry about them handling raw chicken (despite constant reminders not to lick fingers they rarely listen) or getting burnt as they cook the chicken before putting it into the pasties.
- The frozen peppers are ready sliced so there’s no sharp knives involved risking accidents with little fingers.
Using frozen also means that you can keep all of the ingredients in. Then, if the weather forecast the next day looks a bit iffy, you can simply take them out the night before and defrost them in the fridge ready to use… no need to panic about how to keep them entertained 🙂
You can see just how much fun they had making them in these pictures (all I did to help was give them instructions, help fold the pasties in half and do the bit with the oven, the rest is all their work). I’m especially loving the look of absolutely concentration Josh has when he’s joining the edges with a fork 🙂
If you’re after a bit more inspiration for cooking with the children this summer then take a look at a few of these delicious and simple recipes too…
- Mini Taco Bar from Daisies & Pie
- Cheesy Vegetable Bake form Munchies & Munchkins
- Sweet Potato & Meatball Mini Pot Pies from Feeding Boys
- Triple Smoothie Ice Lollies from Eats Amazing
- Fruit Tarts from Everything Mummy
- Or for a completely indulgent treat this Chocolate Eclair Ice Cream Sundae from Hijacked by Twins
I’m going to be back next week with some healthy lunchbox ideas using #PowerOfFrozen so make sure you keep an eye out for those.
Easy Chicken & Vegetable Pasties
Active Time:10 minutes (if you’re making them by yourself. If you’re doing it with the children… who knows, just take your time and enjoy it 🙂 )
Total Time:25-30 minutes
Makes 6 pasties
Note – I’ve added quantities here as a rough guide, but when I was cooking with the boys we went for a chuck it in and ooh it looks about right approach :-). If you find you have any leftover filling then simply mix it with a bit of cooked pasta for a yummy pasta salad.
Please ensure that all of the ingredients are fully defrosted before use (I recommend leaving them overnight in the fridge).
- 75g Iceland frozen cooked chicken breast
- 60g Iceland frozen sweetcorn
- 45g Iceland frozen mixed peppers
- 500g pack Frozen Puff Pastry + a little flour to dust your work surface (alternatively use ready-rolled pastry)
- 100g soft cheese (I used the low fat version)
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 egg
I cooked my pasties on a baking sheet lined with a non-stick cooking liner. If you don’t have one of these then you’ll also need a little butter to grease your baking sheet to ensure they don’t stick.
- Pre-heat your oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan
- Line your baking sheet with a non-stick cooking liner of grease with butter.
- Tear the chicken (75g) into smaller pieces with your fingers and put it into a large bowl. Add the sweetcorn (60g), peppers (45g), soft cheese (100g) and oregano (2 tsp) and mix until fully combined.
- Dust your work surface with a little flour and then roll out your pastry into a rectangle 2-3mm thick.
- Use a knife to cut the pastry into 6 squares (a dinner knife is fine, no need for anything too sharp).
- Evenly divide the chicken filling onto the centre of each square of pastry.
- Fold the pastry in half over the filling to form a triangle and then push down around the edges to seal in the filling. Use the prongs of a fork to push down the edges a little more to ensure they’re sealed and leave a nice pattern.
- Place the pasties onto your baking sheet.
- Break your egg into a small bowl and beat it with a fork. Using a pastry brush, brush a little egg over the top of each pasty. Use your fork to prick a few holes in the top of each one.
- Pop them into the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the pasty is golden brown.
- Once cooked remove from the oven, either enjoy them hot (caution they will be very hot so allow them to cool a little) or pop them onto a cooling rack to cool before eating them cold.
I’ve also used this recipe to make them sausage roll style too. Simply add a “sausage” of filling in a line, fold the pastry over, seal using a fork and then cut to the right size.
Calories: 372 kcal (19%), Fat: 22.3g (32%), Saturated Fat: 11.6g (58%), Carbohydrates: 32.3g (12%), Sugar: 2.5g (3%), Fibre: 2.3g (10%), Protein: 9.7g (19%), Salt: 0.7g (11%)
0.3 of your 5-a-day
This is the estimated nutritional information per pastry. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.