Chicken and Mushroom Pie

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Pie. Hearty English pie.

Difficulty: Medium - experience needed
Serves: 4

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*2 tbsp olive oil
*3 chicken breasts, skin and bone removed
*150g/5½oz button mushrooms, quartered
*1 small onion, chopped
*1 garlic clove, finely chopped
*50g/2oz butter
*2 tbsp plain flour, plus extra for dusting
*300ml/½ pint milk
*200ml/7fl oz chicken stock
*freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
*freshly ground white pepper
*pinch salt
*small handful fresh parsley, chopped
*500g/1lb 2oz ready-made short-crust pastry
* 1 free-range egg, beaten


Chicken and mushroom pie
Chicken and mushroom pie

This comforting, creamy chicken pie uses ready-made pastry for a quick and easy mid-week meal.


2 tbsp olive oil

3 chicken breasts, skin and bone removed

150g/5½oz button mushrooms, quartered

1 small onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

50g/2oz butter

2 tbsp plain flour, plus extra for dusting

300ml/½ pint milk

200ml/7fl oz chicken stock

freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

freshly ground white pepper

pinch salt

small handful fresh parsley, chopped

500g/1lb 2oz ready-made short-crust pastry

1 free-range egg, beaten

Preparation method

1.Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
2.Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the chicken and fry until the chicken begins to turn white.
3.Add the mushrooms and continue to fry until the chicken is golden-brown.
4.Remove the chicken and mushrooms from the pan and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the same pan and fry for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Remove from the heat and set aside with the chicken and mushrooms.
5.Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and cook for about three minutes, stirring constantly until it has formed a thick smooth paste (this is called a roux).
6.Mix the milk and stock together in a jug, then add the nutmeg, white pepper and salt, to taste. Pour the liquid slowly into the flour mixture, whisking all the time until smooth. Simmer over a gentle heat, stirring constantly, for about five minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
7.Stir in the chopped parsley and pour the sauce over the chicken and mushroom mixture. Mix well, then spoon into a pie dish and leave until completely cool.
8.Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface until it is the thickness of a pound coin. Brush the edges of the pie dish with beaten egg, lay the pastry on top, press down the edges and trim. Brush the top of the pie with beaten egg and cut some leaf shapes out of the left-over pastry to decorate the top of the pie.
9.Make two or three slits in the top of the pie to allow steam to escape and then bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden-brown on top.


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