Chicken and mushroom pie

Makes: 2 individual pies
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 75 minutes

Chicken pie.Ingredients:

300ml (10floz) chicken stock
4 fresh British chicken thigh fillets, cut into quarters
375g (13oz) fresh ready-rolled puff pastry
50g (2oz) butter
250g (9oz) chestnut mushrooms, wiped and quartered
25g (1oz) plain flour
4 tbsp double cream
½ pack fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
½ lemon
1 medium egg, beaten

Method:

  1. Place the stock in a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, add the chicken and gently poach in the stock for 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon and set aside to cool. Strain the stock through a fine sieve and reserve.
  2. Meanwhile, unroll the puff pastry on a floured surface. Invert 2 x 13cm round pie dishes on to the pastry. Cut out tops about 2cm larger than each dish. Cut 2 long ribbons, about 2cm wide, from the remaining pastry and press one firmly onto the rim of each dish. Then cut out 6 leaf shapes and place on a baking sheet along with the tops. Chill the pastry for 15-20 minutes or until needed.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200°C/R6. Melt half the butter in a heavy-based pan, add the mushrooms, season and cook gently for 3-4 minutes without browning. Then transfer the mushrooms to a plate and reserve.
  4. Melt the remaining butter in the pan and stir in the flour. Add the reserved stock gradually, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook gently for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  5. Add the double cream, return to the boil, then simmer for a further 5 minutes until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Stir in the mushrooms, chicken, parsley and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Season and divide between the pie dishes, filling to about 1cm from the top.
  6. Brush the pastry ribbons with beaten egg, then place the pastry tops over the dish and trim off the excess. Press the edges into the ribbons around the rim. Cut a small slit in the top of each pie to allow steam to escape. Brush the pastry with beaten egg, arrange the leaf shapes on top and brush again with beaten egg.
  7. Bake the pies for 30-35 minutes until the pastry is golden. If the pastry is browning too much, turn oven temperature down slightly and continue cooking for recommended time.

Recipe courtesy of waitrose.com

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