Mushrooms are one of my favorite additions to a main course. They have such a wonderful earthy flavor and unique texture that pairs perfectly with so many dishes--including this creamy chicken and mushroom pie! This classic British dish is a flavorful way to turn leftovers into a mushroom-filled comfort food.
This dish is a traditional British recipe, often topped with puff pastry. It's just the sort of thing to serve up on a chilly winter evening! I've made a few tweaks to the traditional version: I'm using flaky shortcrust pastry instead of puff, and I added some peas to the creamy filling. It's such a treat to cut into the golden crust and scoop out a steaming piece!
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What kind of pastry do you use for chicken and mushroom pie?
What do you serve with it?
- Sides: mushy peas, salad
- Bread: bloomer bread, cob loaf
- Desserts: mixed peel, chocolate roulade, coffee and walnut cake
- Beverages: cranberry mocktail, hot tea, coffee, virgin winter sangria
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this pie and refrigerate it for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or the oven. You can also freeze it for up to 1 month.
How to Make
- Make the pastry. Shortcrust is the simplest kind to make.
- Whisk up the gravy. You'll cook a roux with flour and butter, then add the stock, milk, and spices.
- Saute the mushrooms in butter until they're brown.
- Mix the filling by stirring together the gravy, meat, mushrooms, and peas until combined.
- Assemble the pie and brush the pastry with beaten egg.
- Bake at 400 F for 45 minutes, until the pastry is browned.
- Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
- Make your own pastry for the best flavor and texture.
- Speed up the process by using leftover gravy and rotisserie chicken.
- Change up the veggies based on your personal taste.
- Add a fancy touch by making a design out of leftover pastry on top of the pie.
- Make ahead: mix up the filling and refrigerate for up to 3 days, then bake with the pastry when needed.
Other Savory Pies You'll Enjoy
- Chicken & Leek Pie
- Chicken, Bacon & Apricot Pies
- Chicken Empanadas
- Corned Beef Pie
- Steak and Ale Pie
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Creamy chicken and mushroom pie is an easy recipe that combines leftover chicken with a flavorful gravy and flaky shortcrust pastry. This fabulous comfort food is sure to be the star of your next dinner. Learn how to cook it from scratch with this recipe!
For the Pastry
- ½ batch flaky shortcrust pastry, chilled
- 1 large egg, beaten
For the Creamy Gravy
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups unsalted chicken stock
- 2 ½ cups whole milk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 ½ teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
- 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ cup sweet peas, frozen
For the Filling
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 pound white mushrooms, washed and sliced
- 1 heaping cup yellow onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon white cooking wine
- 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped (white and dark meat)
Preparing the Veggies (45 minutes)
- Wash and slice the mushrooms. Chop the onion and mince the garlic.
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the butter is bubbling, add the mushrooms and turn down to medium heat. Cook the mushrooms until all the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms are soft and brown, stirring occasionally.
- While the mushrooms are cooking, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small frying pan until bubbly. Saute the onions until they're soft, then add the garlic and cook over medium heat until golden brown. Deglaze the pan with the white cooking wine and scrape the golden-brown fond from the pan. Spoon into a medium bowl and set aside.
- Add the cooked mushrooms to the bowl of onion and garlic.
- Chop the chicken and add it to the bowl of veggies.
Making the Gravy (15 minutes)
- Measure out the butter, flour, chicken stock, and milk for the gravy.
- In the same frying pan you used for the mushrooms, melt the 6 tablespoons of butter over medium heat until bubbly. Dump in the flour and whisk for 1-2 minutes.
- Immediately whisk in the stock, then gradually whisk in the milk. Cook the gravy for several minutes, whisking constantly, until the gravy is quite thick.
- Turn the heat to low and stir in the lemon juice, spices, and frozen peas. Pour the gravy into the bowl of chicken and veggies and stir thoroughly. Set aside to cool.
Assembling & Baking the Pie (20 minutes + 45 minutes baking + 15 minutes cooling)
- Preheat the oven to 400 F and put a heavy rimmed cookie sheet in to preheat.
- Spread the filling mixture evenly in a 9-inch deep dish ceramic pie plate.
- Roll out the chilled pastry on a lightly floured surface. Using a plate as a template, cut out a circle of pastry large enough to cover the pie plate. Cut out another circle from inside the circle of pastry to create a circular strip of pastry that will fit on the lip of the dish. Brush the rim of the dish with beaten egg and gently press the circle of pastry onto the rim to adhere it, then brush the pastry with beaten egg again.
- Re-roll the remaining pastry and use it to cover the filling. Gently press down along the edges to seal the pastry together, then trim off the excess with a sharp knife. Pinch the edges to decoratively crimp the pastry.
- Cut out a few small leaves and use the knife to draw veins on each leaf. Roll some pastry into long, thin ropes to make vines. Arrange the leaves and vines on the top as desired, then brush the pastry with beaten egg. Cut a few vent holes in the top.
- Bake at 400 F for 40-45 minutes until well browned. Let it cool for 15 minutes before serving.
- Make your own pastry for the best flavor and texture. Here's a great and easy-to-follow shortcrust recipe.
- In a hurry? Use leftover gravy and rotisserie chicken.
- Change the veggies based on your taste.
- Make it fancy by putting a design made from leftover pastry on top of the pie.
- Make ahead: mix up the filling and refrigerate for up to 3 days, then bake when desired.
- Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: English
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