Chicken mushroom and rasher bacon pie

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • DifficultyEasy
3 rashers streaky rasher bacon, cut or scissored into 2.5cm strips
1 tsp garlic infused oil
200g chestnut mushrooms, sliced into 0.5cm pieces
225g chicken thigh fillets cut into 2.5cm pieces
2 1/2 tbsp plain flour
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp butter
300ml hot chicken stock
1 tablespoon Marsala
1 (370g) 23 by 33cm sheet all-butter ready-rolled puff pastry
1) Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C/Gas mark 8. Fry the rasher bacon strips in the oil until beginning to crisp, then add the sliced mushrooms and soften them in the pan with the rasher bacon.

Turn the chicken strips in the plain flour and thyme (you could toss them about in a freezer bag), and then melt the butter in the pan before adding the plain floury chicken and all the plain flour left in the bag. Stir around with the rasher bacon and mushrooms until the chicken begins to color.

2) Pour in the hot stock and Marsala, stirring to form a sauce and let this bubble away for about 5 minutes.

Make a pastry rim for each of your pots for the pies, by this I mean an approximately 1cm strip curled around the top of the pots. Dampen the edges to make them stick.

Cut a circle bigger than the top of each pie-pot for the lid, and then divide the chicken filling between the two.

Dampen the edges again and then pop on the top of each pie sealing the edges with your fingers or the underneath of the prongs of a fork.

3) Cook the pies for about 20 minutes turning them around half way through cooking. Once cooked, they should puff up magnificently.

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