Baking | Savoury Chicken Galette … Cherry Tomato with Green Garlic Pesto & Roasted Veggies with Smoked Sea Salt {Baking with Julia}

“Ingredients are not sacred. The art of cuisine is sacred.”
Tanith Tyrr

Savoury Chicken GaletteIt was a savoury chicken galette waiting to happen, or maybe wanting to be baked. It’s a result of blogger interactions, loads of food talk, some food cravings, events missed and repented, flavours virtually thrown into the air and talked about….Savoury Chicken GaletteI missed a picnic a few weeks ago with the Delhi food bloggers bunch. There was so much talk about food, what who was making, baking, getting,  that I had pangs …not hunger pangs but pangs of missing out on something good!  The Great Cookaroo threw in yolks after yolks to make her to go pastry cream from Dorie Greenspans Baking with Julia. I had the book on the shelf. A favourite from a favourite food blogger who gifted it to me from Bangalore. {Thank you again Suma!}

Savoury Chicken Galette Then there was talk of pickled green garlic pesto which immediately threw my tastebuds in overdrive … that sounded drop dead delicious. I wanted some! My chance soon came as a bunch of us met again at the Ty.phoo Tea & Food pairing eventSangeeta  carried a bottle of pickled green garlic pesto for me.

Savoury Chicken Galette with green garlic pestoSmothered on a toast the next morning, it had a comforting homey feel! It had all the hints of the green chutney sandwiches my dad often made … beautiful flavours that teased the palette. As I sat in the kitchen, the laundry machine whirring punishingly in the background, I reached out for Baking with Julia! The book is a winner. Read it, bake from it, drool over it, learn from it. I wanted to bake something savoury that morning, and settled for Cheese & Tomato Galette!

Savoury Chicken Galette The galette dough was done in seconds, a Flo Baker recipe from the book. Don’t you love a dough that comes together in a heartbeat, is fuss free, smooth, pliable and uses pantry staples? I didn’t even need to rest it since it held beautifully, winter ensuring a fridge like cold kitchen. {Feedback from batch #2: An overnight rest in the fridge yields a pliable nice dough too.}

Savoury Chicken Galette I used everything I had on hand! Pickled green garlic pesto, mozzarella, chicken salami, then some roasted onion balsamic jam, cherry tomatoes, smoked sea salt, pepper. Finished it off with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and fresh garlic greens.

Savoury Chicken GaletteThe green garlic pesto was a bit spicy / chili for the younger fellow, but hit all the right spots with the daughter and husband who love everything chili! You can find the recipe for the Pickled Green Garlic Pesto {or lehsun ka achaar} on Sangeeta’s blog. Use extra virgin olive oil to get a more pesto like feel to it {as she did for my batch}, and reduce the chilies if you don’t like it too hot! BTW, Sangeeta does great personalised  diet plans too, so do stop by if you need one!

Savoury Chicken Galette You can do pretty much anything with a ‘pastry canvas’ like this. To keep the younger one happy, I made a second lot with roasted bell peppers and onions {roasting done in the Philips AirFryer, 10 minutes was all it took}, topped with sliced chicken sausages marinated briefly in a honey-mustard-garlic mix. Keep it vegetarian with roasted veggies, caramelised onion & garlic jam and feta, maybe tomatoes.  It’s smooth, fun to roll out, and even more fun to ruffle over the filling to give it the characteristic galette feel.

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. Me encantan las galettes y con ese relleno genial. Un saludo guapa

  2. such wonderful pictures and such flavors ..I can smell it from the screen :-)
    Thank you so much for the mention Deeba.
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  3. Beautiful galettes! They look beautiful and and scrumptious. A great idea.



  4. Hi Deeba… The crust looks so yummy and simple to make. I love the topping combination of sweet cherry tomatoes, salty salami and hot garlic pesto/chutney. I’m going to it a try:)´s last blog post ..Millet Khichadi with veggies, a comfort bowl for a snowy dayMy Profile

  5. Drooling !
    I really want a bite of that.
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  6. So beautiful. Anything pie crust, but this is elegant and rustic at same time.

  7. Ohh this is so yummmmm!!

  8. These free form tarts are perfect for savoury fillings as well Deeba. Now I have cravings:D
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  9. I have never made anything like this before, it looks great though. Is the dough hard to make?
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  10. Deeba: Can we make this whole wheat flour? I mean can I follow the same measurement with whole wheat flour. I have made galette with paneer and chicken too. They were with white flour. So I am wondering if I could replace butter with olive oil too?
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  11. Pooja says:

    Looks gorgeous as always! Will have to give it a go albeit in a veggie avtar….. :-)

  12. Lovely bake and beautifully presented…
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  13. Looking so yummy..
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  14. I am SO making this delish looking stunner this weekend Deeba! and love how versatile it is! my mind is thinking up various combinations now – and am at work!! :)
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  15. Vindee could I replace cornmeal with flour :S
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  16. Beautiful galette, Sangeeta’s pesto was really brilliant. But am with Rohan, mircheee!! Beautiful beautiful galettes.
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  17. It looks so rustic. An absolute must try
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  18. The savory galette from BWJ has been calling out to me since long :) Sweet fruit filled ones are not really my thing, now I got to get some cornmeal and try it soon!

    So very glad you baked from the book, my pleasure to have gifted one which is a winner in your books!
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  19. Hi, looks really tasty and healthy! I personally like to include vegetables in all my meals, so if yoy are interested I recommend the Mediterranean food, visit us to know more about it!


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  20. Looks Spring in you home with that galette and your pictures look delicious!
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  21. Marnie Byod says:

    The crust looks so nice and I think it’s yummy.
    I wanna taste it. This is worth trying. Love it.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  22. It is mouthwatering – a must try! Fantastic photos!
    Zoe xxx

  23. I’ll like it for breakfast.
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  24. Glorious! Stunning and mouthwatering and I am so making something like this soon. Amazing flavors and I love the whole idea of having everything together in one galette.
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  25. What a good idea to add a little cornmeal to the pastry! This looks delicious! I love how the garlic greens (I’m assuming it’s them) got caramelized in the baking.

    I do hope you still have a few garlic greens left. They are brilliant in an omelette – either simply with just gouda and garlic greens or more complex with garlic greens, ham (for those who eat ham…), potatoes, mushrooms.

    (What a mistake it is to be reading this when it’s at least an hour before dinner is served. My keyboard is now embarrassingly covered in drool. – I’m not quite as refined as Jamie – I wish I’d thought to say “mouth watering”.)
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  26. Yay !!!

    I have all the ingredients….this is for Sunday !!!! Happy dance !!
    Thank you sweetie….. i love the recipe and the first pic really made me droooool !!!

    Hugs !!

    G !!


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