I recently cooked up a big batch of chicken soup as we were all fighting off a winter cold. I prefer my chicken soup (see blog post here) with lots of noodles, carrots and parsley, so I often use the chicken for other dishes. One of which is chicken pies. These can be made into mini party pies or into larger pies. Having a few in the freezer is perfect for nights when you can’t be bothered cooking and can pop one into the oven for a ready-made meal.
- Boiled chicken from one whole chicken (approx 600 grams)
- 1 leek, chopped
- 2 large portobello mushrooms diced
- 4 rashers of bacon chopped
- salt and pepper
- ¼ cup plain flour
- 2 cups of full cream milk
- 60 grams unsalted butter at room temperature
- 4 sheets shortcrust pastry
- 4 sheets puff pastry
Recipe makes 6 large pies or about 12 mini pies
- Heat oven to 180ºc fan forced. Place pastry on bench covered to thaw.
- Chop chicken into small chunks. Depending on what size pies you are making if mini pies then chop into small bite size chunks around 1cm – 2cm.
- To make the filling saute in a pan leeks, bacon and mushrooms. Add in the chicken and set aside.
- To make the bechamel sauce melt butter in a saucepan on low heat. Once melted remove from heat. Warm milk in a microwave and add to the butter stirring to combine. Place the saucepan back onto the heat and add in flour mixing until combined and sauce begins to thicken.
- Pour sauce over the filling and stir to combine. Set aside and allow to cool.
- Cut out 6 shortcrust pastry shells, and place in pie tins. Pour filling into pie tins. Cut 6 puff pastry lids and cover each pie. Using shortcrust pastry on the bottom will provide a nice crunchy base and won’t end up breaking or going soggy.
- Crimp the edges using your fingers or a fork. With a knife make a tiny cut or cross in the top to allow steam to escape while cooking.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the tops with water (I prefer this to egg-wash so your pies don’t have a smell of egg) and bake for 35-40 minutes. If pies start to go quite dark before the time is up cover loosely with foil.