Chicken, Pancetta and Mushroom Pie

Chicken, Pancetta and Mushroom Pie

Looking for a cooking challenge that will bring delight to your family's faces? This chicken, pancetta and mushroom pie recipe serves six people and is ready in just one hour.

 

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Servings: 6 people

Preparation

Heat a small amount of oil in a large pan.

Add the pancetta and cook for a few minutes, until just starting to crisp.

Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. In the same pan, fry the leek and mushrooms for 5-10 minutes, until cooked (add a little extra oil, if needed).

Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Return the pancetta to the pan, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then add the stock, white wine (if using) and thyme.

Season well and simmer for a few minutes. Remove from the heat, leave to cool slightly, then stir in the crème fraîche and chicken.

Roll out half the pastry until large enough to line the base of a round 20cm pie dish. Spoon the chicken mixture on top.

Roll out the remaining pastry and cut into long ribbons about 1.5cm wide.

Weave the strips over the filling to create a lattice effect, then trim and discard any overhanging dough.

Press down around the edges to neaten and seal.

Brush the pastry lattice all over with the beaten egg. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the filling is piping hot and the pastry is golden.

A whole Tesco medium-sized chicken is just €2.67/kg and perfect for this recipe.

 

Ingredients

Olive oil
100g pancetta cubes
1 leek, trimmed and sliced
200g mushrooms, sliced
2 tsp plain flour
200ml cold chicken stock
75ml white wine (optional)
handful thyme leaves
75g crème fraîche
200g cooked chicken breast, cubed or shredded
2 x 375g packs ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
1 egg, lightly whisked