Free-form Chicken and Red Onion Tart Recipe

Free-form Chicken and Red Onion Tart Recipe

Our Free-form Chicken and Red Onion Tart Recipe is the perfect modern day comfort food with tender pieces of chicken, delicious cheddar pastry and slightly sweet red onion.

Free-form Chicken and Red Onion Tart Recipe

Serves 4


1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

400g chicken thighs, trimmed and chopped into 2cm pieces

2 red onions, sliced into thin wedges

1 tbsp red-wine vinegar

1 tbsp caster sugar

1⁄2 cup crème fraîche

1⁄2 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 egg, lightly beaten

Red vein sorrel, to serve

Cheddar Pastry

200g plain flour

100g cold unsalted butter, chopped

50g grated vintage cheddar cheese

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp iced water


To make the cheddar pastry, place the flour, butter and cheese in a bowl. Rub the flour and butter together until you end up with pea-sized clumps of butter. Add the vinegar and water and mix until just combined.

Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and bring together until smooth and combined. Shape into a ball, then flatten slightly and cover with baking paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over high heat. Working in 2 batches, cook the chicken for 4 minutes, turning, or until golden. Set aside to cool slightly.

Place the onions, vinegar and sugar in a bowl, toss to combine. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan forced). Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a 35cm round. Place the crème fraîche, cheddar and garlic in a small bowl and mix to combine. Spread over the pastry, leaving a 3cm border on all the sides. Top with the chicken and onions and fold the edges of the pastry over the filling.

Place on a baking tray, brush the pastry with the beaten egg. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until golden.

Serve topped with red vein sorrel.

Smart Tip:

If you can’t get red vein sorrel, use spinach with some lemon juice for tartness or rocket leaves


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