Chicken & mushroom puff pie

Chicken & mushroom puff pie

By Jane Hornby (BBC Good Food)


This is just what you need on a cold night. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes.



  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8 skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon, cut into large pieces
  • onion, halved and sliced
  • 250 gr pack baby button mushroom
  • handful thyme sprigs
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 400 ml chicken stock
  • 200 ml milk
  • 500 gr pack fresh puff pastry, or frozen and defrosted
  • egg, beaten


  1. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large, non-stick frying pan.
  2. Season 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs and fry for 5-8 mins until golden brown, turning occasionally. You may need to do this in two batches, depending on the size of your pan.
  3. Lift the chicken onto a plate and tip 8 smoked, streaky bacon rashers, cut into large pieces, into the pan. Fry for 5 mins until crisp.
  4. Add 1 halved and sliced onion, 250g baby button mushrooms and a handful of thyme sprigs, then fry on a high heat for another 3 mins until the onions start to colour.
  5. Tip 2 tbsp plain flour into the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 min.
  6. With the pan off the heat, gradually stir or whisk in 400ml chicken stock, followed by 200ml milk, then add the chicken back to the pan. 
  7. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 30 mins. Spoon the filling into a large pie or baking dish (approx 20 x 30cm) with a lip and leave to cool.
  8. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. 
  9. Cut a long strip as wide as the rim of the pie dish and, using a little of the 1 beaten egg, fix to the edge of the pie dish.
  10. Brush with beaten egg, then lift the rest of the pastry over the pie, using the rolling pin to help. Gently press the edges with your fingers and trim with a sharp knife.
  11. Brush lightly with egg to glaze, then bake for 30 mins or until the pastry is risen and dark golden brown.

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