Chicken & Sweetcorn Recipe for a tart – Stretch A Chicken (5)

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Chicken & Sweetcorn Recipe for a tart – Stretch A Chicken (5)

This recipe is part of a series on stretching a chicken to the max. I took one medium chicken of 1.5kg and made it feed a family of 4 for a week, with 7 different budget stretching chicken recipes.

I roasted the chicken, had a roast lunch with my husband, then stripped off all the remaining meat and simmered the carcass in water to make stock.

To make Chicken & Sweetcorn Tart

chicken & sweetcorn tart, on a plate, with salad

First of all, make the pastry.

Use the oil method of pastry making, or buy a sheet of shortcrust. To do this, put the flour in a bowl, tip in the oil. Then add the water. You may need a little more, or a little less, all flours are different. Simply stir gently with a tablespoon, and it will come together in a few seconds to make a soft dough, don’t over mix, or the pastry will toughen. If it is looking a little dry while you stir, add a little more water. If too wet, add a little more flour.

Line a 20cm tart dish / tin.

Slice an onion and sauté in a little oil until transparent. If your chicken is raw, cook it now with the onions to remove the water that chicken releases as it cooks.

Once the chicken is cooked, chop it into pea sized pieces.

chicken & sweetcorn recipe - ingredients

Now mix all the filling ingredients together, except the stuffing balls, if using. Pile the filling into the tart case and dot the stuffing balls around. My husband doesn’t like stuffing, so I haven’t used them here.

chicken & sweetcorn recipe - uncooked tart

Bake for about 35 mins in a medium oven – 180°C Fan /200°C / 400°F / Gas 6 until the filling is set through.

The tart could be used hot or cold, as packed lunches or for picnics, as well as for a main meal.

You will probably have a little pastry left. I make a small tart with it and fill with jam, mincemeat or whatever needs using up.

jam tart - uncooked

 

What changes could I make

  • You could use turkey instead of chicken
  • And other things could be used instead of the onion and sweetcorn.
    • I would use a medium onion instead of the very large one, and then
      • Potato and olive
      • Carrots and peas
      • Frozen mixed veg, straight from the packet
      • Potato and frozen spinach.
      • If you don’t have any onions, you could leave that out and just use something else.
      • You could add some rosemary, thyme or marjoram if you have any.
      • You could flavour the onion with bay by gently frying the onion and bay together before putting in the tart filling.

 

Easy ways to stretch a whole chicken to feed your family for the entire week

You may think that the recommended amount of chicken in each of these recipes doesn’t look like it would be enough.  I have tested every one of them several times and believe me when I say that they taste of chicken – and are delicious! I wouldn’t recommend them to you if they weren’t.

Adjusting the recipes to accommodate 977g chicken, each recipe making 4 servings, I was able to stretch it to do the following:-

  1. How to stretch a chicken – roast chicken, 400g chicken, gravy, with stuffing, 4 portions
  2. Risotto, 140g chicken, onion, half the the stock, some vegetables butter and parmesan, 4 portions
  3. Pizza, 117g chicken, tomato sauce, maybe some stuffing, 4 portions
  4. Pasta, white sauce, 120g chicken, peas or green beans, onion, pepper, sweetcorn, maybe some stuffing, 4 portions
  5. Tart, 100g chicken, peas, carrots, onions, couple of eggs, no cheese, maybe some stuffing, 4 portions (this recipe)
  6. Pie, 100g chicken, some of the gravy, onion, maybe some sweetcorn or mushrooms, maybe some stuffing, 4 portions
  7. Soup with the remaining half of the stock, 4 portions

this comes out at a total of 28 portions, which I think is pretty good!

This means that 1 medium chicken can be used to make 7 different budget stretching chicken recipes and feed your family for a week – bargaintastic!

Other tart recipes

Spiced Carrot Tart

 

Puchka tart. What’s that? Complete deliciousness on a plate, that’s what

Red Pepper & Walnut Tart with Winter Coleslaw

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chicken & sweetcorn recipe - tart, cooked

Stretch a Chicken (5) Chicken & Sweetcorn Recipe for a tart

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Course:
Dinner
,
Lunch
,
Picnic
,
School Lunches
Cuisine:
English
Servings: 4
Cost per portion 38p
Calories: 403kcal
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Ingredients

  • 70 g chicken use a little more if the chicken is raw
  • 3 stuffing balls 1/6 value pack, optional
  • 200 g onion sliced
  • 100 g sweetcorn frozen or tinned
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • pinch salt

pastry

  • 150 g flour self raising, value flour
  • 75 ml oil use rapeseed oil if you can. NB oil does not weigh the same in grams as it measures in ml.
  • 47 ml cold water

Instructions

Pastry - made with oil

  • Prepare the pastry using the oil method . To do this, put the flour in a bowl, tip in the oil. Then add the water. You may need a little more, or a little less, all flours are different.
  • Simply stir gently with a tablespoon, and it will come together in a few seconds to make a soft dough, don’t over mix, or the pastry will toughen.
    If it is looking a little dry while you stir, add a little more water. If too wet, add a little more flour.
  • Flour the worktop and roll out the pastry to the size of your dish. Line the pie dish being careful not to stretch the pastry.

Filling

  • For the filling, slice the onion and sauté in a little oil until transparent
  • If the chicken you have is raw, cook it for a few minutes in with the onion. This is to get rid of the water that raw chicken will give out when cooking.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, chop into pea-sized pieces
  • Put all filling ingredients in a bowl, except the stuffing balls and mix well.
  • Pile the filling into the lined pie dish and place the stuffing balls, if using, evenly round.
  • Bake for about 35 mins in a medium oven - 180°C Fan, 200°C, Gas 6, 400°F -until the filling is set.
  • Good served hot, warm or cold

Notes

The tart could be used hot or cold, as packed lunches or for picnics, as well as for a main meal.
You could use turkey instead of chicken, and other things could be used to pad it out instead of the onion and sweetcorn.
I would use a medium onion instead of the very large one, and then….
  • Potato and olive;
  • carrots and peas;
  • frozen mixed veg, straight from the packet;
  • potato and frozen spinach.
  • If you don’t have any onions, you could leave that out and just use something else.
  • You could add some rosemary, thyme or marjoram if you have any.
  • You could flavour the onion with bay by gently frying the onion and bay together before putting in the tart filling.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Stretch a Chicken (5) Chicken & Sweetcorn Recipe for a tart
Amount per Serving
Calories
403
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
23
g
35
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
13
g
Cholesterol
 
129
mg
43
%
Sodium
 
56
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
229
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
39
g
13
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
11
g
22
%
Vitamin A
 
257
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
37
mg
4
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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1 Comments

1 Comment

  1. Thrifty Lesley

    5 stars
    Sort of like a quiche, but no cheese. Loved the chicken flavour , I’m going to add some herbs next time

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