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Mini chicken pies with exotic mushrooms

 In Chicken, Dinner/Supper, Lunch, Recipes, Salads & Starters

Mini chicken pies with exotic mushroomsAs promised last week, I’ll be sharing my Festive menu with you this week and you guys, we’re starting with a goodie. Let’s me just start by saying that I know. I know this is the gazillionth chicken pie recipe on this website. I know I have a problem but you know what? I don’t even care because you know what? The world needs as much chicken pie as it can handle and I don’t think we’re even close to that point yet. Besides, who doesn’t love a good chicken pie? Crisp, buttery pastry filled with a creamy, chickeny, mushroomy filling? Hells yes please.

Mini chicken pies with exotic mushroomsExotic mushrooms

I made little mini versions of this as the starter/canapé for my Christmas meal because I wanted to start the meal off with something a little indulgent but also wanted to keep it small enough so my guests could eat them while standing up with a drink in their hand. I’ve found that, even though I really love the formal dinner party set-up, a plated starter can often feel very stiff and I like to keep things quite casual. This way I can pass platters of these around while the guests are all mingling. (If you have vegetarian guests for Christmas this year, check back next week when I’ll be sharing a fabulous recipe for butternut & brie hand pies.)

Mini chicken pies with exotic mushrooms

I made these little pies in a muffin tray because it’s the easiest way to get loads done in one shot but you could make them in a similar way to the French onion puffs I made a while ago. I prefer the muffin tray method because you get a lot of filling per pie, making them substantial enough for a starter but if you’d prefer to have them more suited to a canapé size, I’d suggest going for the French onion puff method. For the filling I decided to use a shop-bought rotisserie chicken because a) It’s already cooked, b) Rotisserie chickens have incredibly flavour and c) they are often cheaper than buying a raw chicken and cooking it from scratch. I shredded the chicken meat, discarding the skin and bones and then mixed it with sautéed exotic mushrooms, garlic, lemon, thyme and a good dollop of Dijon mustard. A bit of Crème fraîche mixed in to keep everything moist (but not wet) and you have an absolutely mouth-watering filling. Seriously though, I ate this by the spoonful while making these pies because it’s that delicious. (Side note: this filling would be AWESOME in a grilled cheese or quesidilla.)

Exotic mushrooms used in mini chicken pies. Cook’s note: If you’d like to make these ahead, simply assemble them fully then cover the unbaked pies in clingwrap and foil in the muffin tray and freeze. Bake them from frozen and just extend the baking time by 10-15 minutes to allow the filling to completely thaw and warm through. 

Mini chicken pies with exotic mushrooms
 
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Recipe type: Pie, Canapé, Starter, Chicken
Serves: 15-18 pies
Ingredients
for the filling
  • 250g exotic mixed mushrooms, chopped into relatively small dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded (skin and bones discarded)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons Crème fraîche
for the pie
  • 2 x rolls pre-made puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c.
  2. In a large pan, sauté the mushrooms in a splash of olive oil until golden brown then add the garlic.
  3. Sauté for another minute then add the thyme and lemon juice.
  4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little.
  5. Mix the mushrooms with the shredded chicken, mustard and Crème fraîche then season to taste.
  6. Roll the pastry out on a floured surface and cut into discs big enough to fit into the holes of a muffin tray. Remember to cut discs the size of the muffin holes for the tops.
  7. Place the bigger discs in the muffin trays, shaping them to fit in snugly then fill with the chicken filling. Brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg then top with the pastry lids and crimp the sides.
  8. Brush with the remaining beaten egg and cut a slit in the top of each pie to allow steam to escape.
  9. Place the pies in the oven and allow to bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
 

 

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Simone Cameron
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    I saw this post the day I decided to commit to trying to lose some weight again…and flip, these looked so good… I love me a homemade chicken pie!! Little ones though, I may lose count and be in lots of trouble.

    I see below you mentioned the woolies pastry…I definitely think theirs is the best! Yum!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Make them when you have lots of people over so that you only eat one. 😉

  • Aria
    Reply

    Where do you buy your puff pastry from?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Aria, I get mine from Woolworths, they do an awesome all-butter one but most supermarkets will have good quality puff pastry.

    • JRD
      Reply

      Whole Foods Has The Best!!!

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