Product Type: Marks & Spencer Food
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A Slice of Pie (That's Good Enough To Eat)
Marks & Spencer Roast Chicken Pie
Member Name: miwa
Marks & Spencer Roast Chicken Pie
Date: 06/01/13, updated on 27/06/13 (184 review reads)
Advantages: Unites my family...at least until they've eaten it.
Disadvantages: Too delicious? Is that a thing?
When gathering around the dinner table on a weeknight, there is very little my family will actually eat together. My mother is extremely fussy about food, living on an almost vegetarian diet, while my dad is a big meat eater and hates anything remotely green; I'm somewhat in-between, while my older brother, on the odd day he pops round, hates cheese or anything dairy and absolutely loves spicy food. So it is rare indeed that all of us have clean plates, but that's exactly what happened when the tea - sorry, dinner - menu was M&S's own chicken pie.
With our finances the way they are, we don't often go to M&S, maybe once a month to buy a treat like Rum & Raisin ice cream or when there is an offer on, like Buy 2 Meals for £10. Undeniably, this is definitely an M&S product: the gravy is thick and delicious, the meat has a lovely strong scent that filled the kitchen, and the pastry is firm but not too thick as to choke you or seem overbearing compared to the filling - it also has a nice flaky texture which tastes less stodgy than other pies (like Wrights or Sainsbury's own). And of course the meat is in large pieces and a lot of them too - in our house there is inevitably someone who gets a slice of pie with no filling (mum), or a dessert with no cream on the top (mum), or a pasta bake with no actual pasta in (me), but with this pie you always know you'll get at least a bit of meat. We often have it with string beans or mashed potato. There is enough gravy from the pie itself that we don't need to break out the Bisto.
The cooking time for this pie is about 20 minutes in the oven, but we've frozen them before and they take more like 35-40 minutes. Frozen pies still have nice large pieces of succulent meat, but the pastry goes a bit funky, so I would recommend the pie to be eaten from chilled, but it's far from inedible if you desperately need to freeze it.
As for the packaging - so-so, just a name and the M&S logo, but I'm pleased to say it's recyclable and goes out with the other cardboard on Wednesdays. After all, it's what's inside that counts.
We've tried many pies over the years, but my mother won't eat anything greasy, my dad doesn't like gravy that is too watery or salty, and of course my brother won't eat any pie that has cheese on the top. It seems strange to describe a pie with an adjective like 'diplomatic' but surprisingly, that is what this pie is - somehow, it unites all of us faddy eaters with something to fill our hunger. Though, this special quality far from grants this pie diplomatic immunity: the life of this pie is not very long.
Summary: A favourite family meal
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