Monday, 1 August 2011

Chicken & Vegetable Pie

I have just returned from my break, and I am slowly getting round to my regular routine again. That includes posting regularly on this blog, although again, I am doing a slow-rolling start instead of jumping straight into cooking demonstrations that are de riguer here. One of the things I managed to stash prior to going for my break are the Chicken & Vegetable Pies shown above.

Aside from Fish & Chips, pastry pies of various sorts are deeply ingrained in British cuisine, offering warm comfort from the colder parts of the year. It's somewhat surprising though that the Sainsbury's Basics range only offers Chicken & Vegetable pie. The other pies in the range are usually potato-topped, or pork pies, which are slightly different from the pies that people outside of the UK are used to. Beef is not that expensive in this country, and in fact, there is a Sainsbury's Basics Cottage Pie, so I fail to see why there isn't a beef-based pastry pie available.

As I was feeling particularly hungry, I decided to pop two pies into the oven. Given also that I have spent two weeks eating outside of the UK, the pies were a gentle reintroduction to the food I'm used to over here.

While the pies had real chicken (making up 9% of the total pie, according to the ingredients), and had chicken stock to flavour the filling, the pie still tasted bland overall. The pastry was pretty good though, being crispy though not too greasy. The pie would probably be best accompanied by richly flavoured mashed potato, say with cheese or mustard, to make up for the blandness of the pie.

DescriptionPrice per UnitNo. of servingsTrade-up PremiumTrade-up Benefits
Chicken & Vegetable Pie (frozen)£1.004 x 121g+£1.00 for 4 x 150gHigher chicken content. Recommended.


  1. good to see you're back! Would you be interested in coming to Sainsbury's HQ and learning more about how the Basics range is produced and meet the team behind the label? We'd love to meet you and learn more about what you have to say about the range.

    kind regards
    Thomas Knorpp
    Digital Media Manager at Sainsbury's
    thomas dot knorpp at Sainsburys dot co dot uk

  2. Will be in touch. Speak soon!


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