Are you like me, health-conscious, yet loves to try out new stuff from the groceries?
Like an artist, seeing a new kind of paint-brush, or a a new brand of watercolor, I get pretty excited whenever I see great potentials for some "not-your-ordinary" ingredients to use in traditional dishes.
Case in point, Purefoods' Sexy Chix Shredded Chicken.
Many would say that it's as healthy as canned tuna, but for those who doesn't eat tuna or any fish (canned or not) it's one of the quickest way of feeding one hungry self. All you need is your good ole' handy kitchen buddy - can opener, a bowl to put it in and a microwave to heat it up, walah!
Instant grub right there, which can be topped on steamy rice or as sandwich filling.
Sexy Chix comes in four flavors, In Guiltless Broth, Hainanese Style, Adobo and Arrabiata (Italian term for spicy).
But for a more ambitious meal for my family, and in celebration of those weekends were all my four kids were at home, I cancelled all my appointments and got busy in the kitchen.
Well, for one we do need to celebrate (again) my girls achievements: our third child graduating from grade school (Grade 6) with honors and awards, and our youngest getting honors as well (in Gr. 4). And after all, I miss cooking and eating the food I created.
Thus, I made mini Chicken Pastel.
Instead of using regular chicken meat, I used Sexy Chix Shredded Chicken in Arrabiata. A pastel, btw, is a pie with chicken, Vienna sausage and veggies.
I made sure to use SMPFC products simply coz they're "Masarap, Masustansya at Kayang-kaya!"
I'm not just a frugal-mom, but it's also important for me to get products from the supermarket that is certified with good quality but not costly, products that meet the standards of any health-conscious moms like me, and that have been tried and tested through generations. These are just some of the reasons why I love buying them and constantly use for the family. In fact, I grew up with most of their products and until now, I trust them for my family.
To make this mini version of chicken pastel, you need to make the pastry first. For this much, you need to make two batches.
1 1/2 cups Magnolia All-purpose flour
1/2 cup Magnolia Gold butter
Using two table knives, "cut" the butter into the flour by pulling both knives across the bowl in opposite directions. This will cut the butter into small pieces and mix it with the flour at the same time. Do this until the butter and flour are all mixed, and no pieces of butter remain.
3 tablespoons of cold water
Stir with a fork until you form a dough.
Bring out one muffin pan.
Break off small balls of dough (about 2" wide) and using your fingers, pat them out to line the cups in the muffin pan.
Cut into small pieces,
1 small can Purefood's Vienna Sausage
1 small carrots, peeled
2 cans of Sexy Chix Shredded chicken (Arrabiatta)
2 Tablespoon olive oil
1/8 cup Magnolia milk
1/4 cup green peas
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1. In a pan over medium heat, drizzle olive oil, cook purefood vienna sausage, potato, carrots, green peas.
2. Add Sexy Chix and mix.
3. Add cream of mushroom soup and milk.
4. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Assembly of the pastel
Fill the muffin cups to the top with the chicken filling. Pat out circles from the remaining dough and place on top of the muffin cups to cover the filling. Use a fork to make small holes on top so that steam can escape while it cooks.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or till light brown.
Did I tell how easy and fun that was! Specially if you get your kids hands into making the pastry. But above all, the Sexy Chix made quite a difference into the boring chicken paste which I kinda grown to love. My kids love the subtle spice it gives off and one pie isn't that heavy so go ahead and have more. You may or you may not add extra seasoning, it would depend on your taste, since the Sexy Chix is already seasoned perfectly and with the sauce a bit thick.
Oh yeah! I made a boring weekend, a coveted one for the family again! Bam!