With just a puff pastry topping, it is slightly less calorific, but still has all the comforting qualities; a rich and satistfying filling with a golden flaky pastry ton top, and more importantly it’s universally popular. I’ve added a little thyme here as it such good friends with both chicken and mushrooms, but tarragon instead makes for a beautiful variation too.
The below feeds a family of four comfortably and you can serve with just a selection of vegetables, or the classic mash potato or even chips of you’re really feeling naughty.
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 rashers smoked bacon
- 1 red onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tbsps plain flour
- 2 large chicken breasts
- 250g mushrooms
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 350ml chicken stock
- 200ml milk (use full fat for the rich and creamy texture)
- Black pepper
- 1 pack pastry
- 1 egg Firstly peel and dice the onion and mince the garlic and set aside for the moment. Wash and slice the mushrooms and set aside.
Now pour the vegetable oil into a pan and place on a medium heat.
Now cut the bacon into small squares and add to the pan until crisp on both sides, turning as you need to.
As the bacon cooks, cut the chicken into small, bite-sized pieces.
Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside and now add the chicken to cook in the bacon fat and oil. Just allow to colour to white in each side, and remove from the pan and sit with the bacon.
Now add the onion and garlic to the pan and allow to saute. As soon as the onion is soft stir through the flour, which will make a bit of a paste, which will act as the thickener for the sauce.
Now add a few tablespoons of the stock to the onions and keep stirring rapidly, for a minute then repeat until all of the stock is added, then do the same with the milk, keeping the rapid stirring up constantly to ensure the sauce comes together. It will be quite thin at this point, but don’t be tempted to add anything to thicken, it will do so in the cooking process.
Now return the chicken and bacon to the pan, and season with black pepper (you can season with salt here, but the salt from the bacon should be sufficient, particularly if you’re cooking for children like I am) and add the thyme and give a good stir.
The filling for the Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie
Now pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
Put on a low heat and cook for twenty minutes, by which point the sauce will have started to thicken up.
After twenty minutes, spoon all of the chicken mixture into a pie dish and allow to cool for fifteen minutes, again, this will allow for the sauce to thicken slightly more.
Now roll out the puff pastry, or if you have bought a sheet, simply place over the pie dish, and then use your hands to scrunch the pastry underneath the rim of the dish, then cut away the extra.
Now use your thumb all the way round to squeeze underneath and ensure it doesn’t fall off during the cooking.
With the excess pastry, you could make any pattern you choose, Bridget wanted to use her biscuit cutters and we added four hearts to ours.
Now crack an egg into a mug or small bowl and whisk. Then brush it all over the pie with a pastry brush to ensure it goes a lovely golden brown. The final thing to do is to make two or three slashes in to the pie topping to ensure the steam from the pie filling is able to escape, and so the puff pastry rises well and is flaky rather than soggy.
Place into the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the pastry is well risn and a lovely shade of golden brown. Enjoy!
Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie
Here’s some other pie recipes:
Squash and Goat's Cheese Pot Pie
Beef and Lentil Beef Pie
Steak and Ale Pot Pie
Cheese and Vegetable Pie
Leftover Chicken and Mushroom Pie