Celebrate British Pie Week with this incredible chicken pie – it’s SO simple!
Pastry is an everyday no no in our house, and so when I eat out, I will often choose a scrumptious pie as it’s a real treat.
This recipe is so simple however, that I can make it at home really easily. All food rules are thrown out on a Friday evening and we eat whatever we please, so this week, British Pie Week, I will definitely be baking this beauty.
It’s sure to be a winner with the whole family.
Chicken, Mushroom & Ham Pie
This gorgeous pie is from in Fantastic Food for Less, our raved-about cookbook, which is packed with delicious recipes that won’t break the bank.
Time 55 minutes.
Per portion: 657 Kcal, 48g fat (23.6g saturated)
Suitable for freezing
Cooked chicken or turkey 225g (8oz), chopped
Ham, thickly sliced 150g (5oz), chopped
Button mushrooms 200g pack, wiped and quartered
Sweetcorn 198g can, drained
Soft cheese with herbs 200g tub
Stock cube 1 ham or chicken
Double cream 150ml pot
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Puff pastry 375g packet, thawed if frozen
Egg 1, beaten
Mash and cooked carrots and green beans to serve (optional)
1 Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7. Place the chicken, ham, mushrooms and sweetcorn in the base of a pie dish (about 1.25 litres/2 pint capacity), and stir them to mix. Spoon over the soft cheese.
2 Dissolve the stock cube in 4 tbsp boiling water and then stir in the cream and seasoning. Pour this mixture into the pie dish.
3 Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface until it is just larger than the pie dish. Cut around the edges to give a 1.5cm (½in) strip, brush water over the rim of the pie dish and then stick the strip of pastry on it. Brush water over the pastry rim and then lift the large piece over the top. Press it well around the edges.
4 Trim around the dish with a sharp knife to remove any excess. Use a sharp knife to make lots of cuts around the pastry edge to help the pastry rise. If liked, add decorative pastry leaves. Make a hole in the pastry in the centre of the pie to allow steam to escape. Brush with beaten egg and then bake in the centre of the oven for 30–40 minutes, or until the pastry is golden in colour and the filling is bubbling hot.
5 Remove the pie from the oven and serve with mash, steamed carrots and green beans, if you like.
Shop-bought pies can be pretty tasteless, and if you buy from an artisan producer, very expensive.
Treat yourself to this homemade version. It’s very filling and so you will only need mash as an accompaniment if your guests are very hungry, otherwise just stick with steamed vegetables.