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Chicken and Mushroom Pie


Chicken and Mushroom Pie has to be one of the all time great comfort foods.

Here in London, it is cold damp and windy. Not pleasant at all - especially with it being dark going and returning from work.

This is where comfort food excels and one reason why I love the Autumn/Winter seasons. Out with the salads and in with the hearty stews, pies and puss! The kitchen comes alive with mouth watering smells.

My Chicken Pie, is a little bit of a faff, what with cooking the ingredients separately, however, it is well worth the effort. I like my pie to come complete with the vegetables, so I parboil the broccoli, add sweetcorn and delicious butter fried golden chestnut mushrooms. The leeks, shallot and garlic add a lovely depth. The tarragon and white wine give subtle complexity to the filling.

I reckon this pie takes a good 60 minutes of preparation, so generally better for a weekend.

Saying that, I made this on a Tuesday night for my sister-in-law. I confess I was sweating by the end of it, but got it in the oven in under half an hour! Happy

This tastes even better for left overs. I personally like to serve this with homemade piccalilli.

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Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Delicious chicken mushroom pie


Ingredients

for the chicken and mushroom pie [serves 8] :
1 chicken, roasted
1 leek, roughly chopped
4 shallots, diced
2 garlic cloves, finely diced
1 head of broccoli, broken into mouth size florets
1 packet of chestnut mushrooms
1 tin sweetcorn
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 bay leaf
1 packet of all butter puff pastry
1 egg
pinch of paprika
salt and pepper

for the white sauce :
75 g butter
6 tbsp flour
175 ml white wine
250 ml chicken stock
150 ml double cream
4 stems of tarragon, leaves only
zest of a lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Method

for the chicken and mushroom pie :
1) Add the butter and one tablespoon of oil to a small frying pan on a medium heat.
2) Add the sliced mushrooms, and sauté for 5-6 minutes. Turn the mushrooms when golden brown. Once cooked on both sides, remove and set aside.
3) Place a larger frying pan on a medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and cook the diced leeks and shallots.
4) Once softened, add the garlic and cook for a further 3-4 minutes on a low heat.

5) Parboil the broccoli florets. I add them to salted boiling water, wait for the water to go back to a boil, and remove after exactly four minutes. Cooling the broccoli down immediately in cold water will preserve the green colour.
6) Place the sweetcorn, broccoli, mushrooms, shallots and leeks into a pie dish.
7) Sprinkle the cooked chicken on top.
8) Add a bay leaf.
9) Top with the white sauce, and if leave to cool in the fridge.
10) Preheat the oven to gas mark 6.
11) Roll out the puff pastry to a size 4 cm bigger than the pie dish in all directions.
12) Gently roll the pastry over the pie, pressing gently with your fingers around the edges.
13) Egg wash liberally, before sprinkling with salt, pepper and paprika over the top.
14) Make a couple of slashes in the pie to allow the steam to come out, and keep the pastry crispy.
15) Cook for 40 minutes or until the pastry is golden all over.
16) Serve immediately.

for the white sauce :
1) Place the butter in a medium sauce pan and melt until frothing.
2) Whisk in the flour to make a smooth paste.
3) Add the wine and continue whisking until smooth.
4) Now add the cream and again whisk till smooth.
5) Add the chicken stock, whisk and continue to cook until it reaches a strong simmer. By this stage the sauce will be thickened. If it looks too thick, or you need more volume, add milk by the desired amount.
6) Reduce the heat to low.
7) Add the tarragon leaves and lemon zest.
8) Whisk once more, season, taste and adjust if necessary.

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Dice the mushrooms

Dice the mushrooms

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Add the butter

Melt the butter in a small frying pan with a tablespoon of oil to stop the butter burning

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Fry the mushrooms

Add the mushrooms when the butter is fizzing

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Dice the leek

Dice the leek

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Peel the shallots

Peel the shallots

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Dice the shallots

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Fry the leek and shallot

Fry the shallot and leek in oil over a gentle heat

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Dice the broccoli

Break the broccoli into small chunks

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Drain the broccoli

Add the broccoli to boiling salted water, once back to the boil cook for 4 minutes before draining. Set aside.

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Turn the mushrooms over when golden

Turn the mushrooms over when golden brown

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Cook the leeks till softened

Cook the leeks until softened

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Add the garlic

Add the garlic

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Place the broccoli and sweetcorn in a serving dish

Begin to prepare the pie, by adding the sweetcorn and broccoli to the pie dish

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Add the mushrooms

Add the fried mushrooms

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Remove the chicken from the bone

Remove the chicken from the bone, discarding the skin

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Chicken flaked

Chicken flaked and ready for the pie

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Add the leeks

Add the leeks and shallots


Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Add the bay leaf

Add the chicken and bay leaf

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Melt the butter

Add the butter to a small saucepan

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Add the flour when theh butter goes frothy

When the butter begins to froth, add the flour, whisking constantly

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Whisk in the flour

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Add the white wine

Add the white wine

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Add the cream and chicken stock and continue to whisk

Add the cream, chicken stock and continue to whisk. If you need more volume of sauce, add some milk

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Dice the tarragon

Remove the tarragon leaves from the stems, dice roughly

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Add the tarragon

Add the tarragon

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Zest a lemon

Add the lemon zest

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Roll out the puff pastry

Roll out the pastry

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Beat an egg

Beat an egg

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Egg wash and season

Egg wash, season and sprinkle some paprika over the top to make it pretty

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Out of the oven

Fresh from the oven, golden brown and looking lovely

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Close Up

Close up, from the oven

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Ok, last one!

Chicken and Mushroom Pie : Delicious chicken mushroom pie

Served and ready to be eaten!




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