Creamy “Chicken” Boxty

Here’s another international dish for ya: boxty! Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake! I had never heard of it, but Toby had, because he goes to Irish pubs after work sometimes and they have it on the menu. I am not sure if I made my pancakes big enough. In the picture in the magazine, they are filled and rolled up, like crepes. My pancakes were too small and thick to do that, so I just spooned the filling on top. Instead of the chicken, I used a bag of Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chick’n Strips. I browned them in a frying pan with some cooking spray, then let them cool a bit and cut them into small pieces. I thought this turned out ok. Some of the pancakes fell apart, but the taste was still there. Toby said it was a little too beige for him. I like the idea of this (potato pancake with a topping), but this was missing a little zing!

rating: 7

Creamy “Chicken” Boxty

serves 4
prep: 30 min. + standing
cook: 10 min./batch


1 medium potato, peeled and grated
1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup mashed potato (made with fat-free milk)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


2 bacon strips, chopped (I omitted and used a little olive oil instead)
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium leek (white portion only), chopped
1/4 cup half-and-half cream
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup fat-free milk (I used Silk Lite plain soymilk)
2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


Place grated potato in a colander to drain; squeeze to remove excess liquid. Pat dry. In a large bowl, combine the grated potato, milk, flour, mashed potato, salt and pepper. Let stand for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Add mushrooms and leek; cook until tender. Gradually add cream. Whisk together flour and milk; add to pan. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the chicken, salt and pepper; heat through. Remove from the heat and keep warm.
Coat another large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Pour 3/4 cup batter into center of skillet; lift and tilt pan to coat bottom evenly. Cook until top appears dry; turn and cook 2-3 minutes longer. Remove and keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter, coating skillet with cooking spray as needed.
Spoon filling onto pancakes.

1 boxty= 434 calories

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