Easy chicken and veg pie with gratin potatoes that is a complete meal in one dish

Since the candy floss has hit the fan, I along with all the other chefs I know, seem to be cooking a lot more at home. Despite the terrible situation we are all in, it is nice to have the time to see a recipe through and enjoy a bit of home cooking.

I love eating shellfish at home. A good Irish langoustine is at the very top of my wish list. At this time of year, I serve them with wild garlic butter, chilli and lemon. That is hard to beat.

However, most of us have to make do with whatever ingredients we can get our hands on these days, and chicken is always easily obtainable. Wild garlic is bang in season at the moment, so if you can get hold of some, within your two kilometres, add a little to my recipe.

Kevin Aherne is chef/proprietor of Sage in Midleton.

Chicken, leek and mushroom potato gratin

Serves three, or two adults and two kids


500g chicken legs and or thigh meat, diced
8 chestnut mushrooms, sliced
1 leek, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 small white onion, diced
1 tbsp sour cream
3 sprigs thyme
1 tsp strong Irish mustard
5 Rooster potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp melted clarified butter (butter than has been melted and had the milk solids removed, optional)
175 ml chicken stock
200g strong white Cheddar, grated