Chicken and Mushroom Pie is a family favourite comfort food classic. This one takes the pot pie approach using shop bought puff pastry for a quick and simple midweek dinner.
Chicken and Mushroom Pie!
That is ignoring the wondrous treats I have for you in the pipeline.
I suppose it is no surprise to me that my inner ‘Brit’ comes out in a food sense when we hit autumn.
Soups, stews and pies really are what us Brits do best when it comes to food, particularly if you are of a certain age… And that age is not particularly ancient!
The filling for this chicken pie recipe is wonderful and really simple.
The clue really is in the name it really is just a chicken and mushrooms with a creamy sauce.
The addition of spinach and mustard round out the creamy filling, which makes a cracking sauce for the wedges I served it with!
Is it OK to Use Store-Bought Puff Pastry?.
I have a complicated relationship with pastry. Sure I can make it but it always seems like a boatload of work for very little positive gain.
I only insist on making two types of pastry from scratch. Hot crust pastry for a pork pie and the like and suet pastry for steak and kidney pudding… Which despite the name is definitely a pie!
But when it comes to things like this easy chicken and mushroom pie recipe then store-bought puff pastry is fine. In fact, it is not just fine, it is perfect!
Good quality store-bought puff pastry will likely be superior to anything you can make at home.
Mechanisation is not always a bad thing.
The ability to keep everything cold and work the pastry very little is very important. It leads to a better pastry than you can make in your hot kitchen!
I am sure there are many out there that consider this sort of chicken and mushroom pie cheating!
You will be surprised to know that I really don’t care…
A pie entirely encased in pastry is a wonderful thing. However, a simple puff pastry topping to a great filling is good enough for a recipe to tick the pie box for me!
British Pie Recipes.
In the main, the word pie to most British people means a savoury recipe. There are notable exceptions like apple pie or lemon meringue pie.
In the UK pies are available everywhere, whether that be pub menus through to bakers shops and of course the halftime pie at football matches.
Of course, there are then the infamous pie and mash shops in the east end of London, sadly a dwindling tradition!
But not all of our pies are pastry based, the mutton hotpot I mentioned earlier is a free-form kinda pie…
- 50 g Banana Shallot
- 1 Clove Garlic
- 250 g Skinless Chicken Thighs
- 50 g Spinach
- 1 Tsp Cooking Oil
- 125 g Mushrooms
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- Black Pepper
- 1/4 Tsp Dried Thyme
- 175 ml Double Cream
- 1 Tbsp Grainy Mustard
- 1 Sheet Puff Pastry
- 1 Egg
- Finely dice the shallot and garlic, then slice the mushrooms.
- Cut the chicken thighs into 1-1.5cm chunks.
- Heat the cooking oil in a heavy based pan over a medium heat and fry off the shallot for 2-3 minutes.
- Now add the garlic and cook for a further 30 seconds.
- Turn up the heat a little and fry off the mushrooms for 3-4 minutes.
- Add in the chicken and repeat the frying process for 3-4 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
- Throw in the spinach and thyme then add a lid until wilted which should take no more than a couple of minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream and grainy mustard then transfer to your pie dishes.
- Run a little beaten egg around the edge of your pie dish and then place over a piece of puff pastry larger than your dish.
- Trim with a sharp knife and use a pastry brush to brush the top with some beaten egg and place in the oven at 200°C or 400°F for 20-25 minutes.
This recipe makes two individual pies each pie dish holds 250ml of water as a guide.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 712Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 345mgSodium: 714mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 40g