Chicken Parmentier

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
30 mins to 1 hour

Serves 6

Try using up leftover roast chicken in this tasty potato-topped pie.

For this recipe you will need a 20x30cm/8x12in ovenproof dish.

By Rick Stein

From Rick Stein's Long Weekends


For the potato topping

  • 1.5kg/3lb 5oz floury potatoes, such as King Edwards, peeled
  • 30g/1oz butter
  • 5 tbsp double cream
  • 2 free-range egg yolks
  • salt and black pepper

For the filling

  • 30g/1oz butter
  • 6 large or 8 small shallots, peeled and halved
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped (or 1 x 400g tin chopped plum tomatoes)
  • 350ml/12fl oz chicken stock
  • 600g/1lb 5oz cooked chicken meat (from a roast or rotisserie chicken), shredded
  • 16 black olives, stones removed, halved
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 50g/1¾oz Gruyère cheese


  1. For the topping, boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and push through a potato ricer, or mash thoroughly. Stir in the butter, cream and egg yolks. Season and set aside.

  2. For the filling, melt the butter in a large pan. Add the shallots, carrots and celery and gently fry until soft, then add the garlic. Pour in the wine and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato purée, chopped tomatoes and stock and cook for 10–15 minutes, until thickened. Add the shredded chicken, olives and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.

  4. Put the filling in a 20x30cm/8x12in ovenproof dish and top with the mashed potato. Grate over the Gruyère. Bake for 30–35 minutes, until piping hot and the potato is golden-brown.

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