Saturday, 23 January 2010

Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie with a Mediterranean Touch

It's colder here than it has been in the last few weeks and that has made me crave comfort food more and more.

When I think of fresh flavours I turn to Italian and Portuguese cuisine but when I think of comfort food I inevitably think of British recipes.

These include stews, casseroles and inevitably pies. My favourite in the latter being Chicken and Mushroom Pie.

Traditionally in Britain, this pie has no pastry base and is usually topped off with puff pastry.
It should look something like this:
As always, I was keen to combine British and Mediterranean flavours, so I added 3 non traditional ingredients: White Wine, Pancetta and a touch of Parsley.
These really added an interely new depth of flavours.
I also made a pastry base to help sustain the the juicy filling.

The Italian folk were really impressed with this. They even offered to take pictures, so the final product pics you see here are courtesy of the Italian Folk.
Grazie Mille!


2 large chicken breasts, chopped into bitesize pieces
250gs of mushrooms
1 chopped onion
1 minced clove of garlic
250gs of pancetta or smoked bacon
1 cup of white wine
2 cups of chicken stock
1 tbsp of olive oil
150gs of butter
2 tbsps of flour
1 tbsp of chopped parsley


Fry the pancetta in the olive oil
Add the chopped onion and garlic. Fry until translucent
Add the chopped chicken, make sure its well seasoned and brown to seal in the juices.
Add the white wine and let it simmer to allow the alcohol to steam off.
In the mean time, make your roux. Melt some butter and stir in the flour until smooth.
Add the chicken stock and continue to stir until its a nice slightly thick cream consistency
Once the wine has reduced, not boiled dry, add your mushrooms, check for seasoning and allow to cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring from time to time.
In the meantime prepare your pastry base. Oh and pre heat the oven too lol. I bought ready made pastry as the one they have here is high quality. Line your pastry dish with the pastry
Add your chiken and mushrooms to your creamy roux as well as your parsley.
Pour the mixture carefully into your pastry base
Top with the pastry making sure the wedges are well sealed together. Make a few cuts on the top to allow the mixture to steam off during cooking.
I always glaze my pies with some egg wash as it tends to give it a nice shiny look once baked. Just like this:

Chicken and Mushroom Pie with a Mediterranean touch!

                        Creamy Chicken Pie


  1. This looks gorgeous and oh so tasty!

  2. oh yeah, I know the flavors are so darn good together - this is comforting...

  3. This takes me back .... I loved pot pies when I was a kid - the crust was my favorite part, and I'd always save a piece that was all soaked in gravy for the last bite. Your crust definitely looks gravy-licious!

  4. Ruth, are you feeding the whole of Italy - and single handedly converting them to English cooking?! If so, well done you! :D The mediterranean additions to this pie sound fantastic - just the thing to finish off a classic. Yum.

  5. Thank you so much Trix, Drick and Peggy. So glad you liked it!
    Nora, lol, I live with an Italian family, so I nicknamed them 'Italian Folk' lol. When I first got here they said that British food was just so bland. Im proud to say I am doing a good job so far of proving them wrong lol

  6. Absolutely YUM! So tasty and warming. I think your Italian folk are lucky to have you with them!

  7. this looks sensational, I love pot pie, the crust of course is my favorite but mushrooms and that sauce ooze so much delicious flavor just in the picture wish I could have a piece right now!

  8. Sounds like a great take on pot pie! It's the ultimate comfort food.

  9. How did you know that one of my favorite dishes when its cold and damp (like now) to eat and savor is chicken pot pie (mushrooms of course make it even better) What a wonderful sounding recipe and I must have it soon as I now have a very strong craving!

  10. That looks perfect!!!! sounds comforting and delicious!

  11. this has to be the perfect pie love it

  12. I have been craving chicken pot pie during these cold days. As I look at the pictures, I realize I have been craving YOUR chicken pot pie. Delicious!

  13. Thanks everyone. Im glad you liked it. Always a bit nervous when tweaking old classics.

  14. Your pot pie looks wonderful, I love the addition of parsley and pancetta!

  15. Ruth, this pie looks great! I love savory pies too!

  16. this could be someday the replacement of the pumpkin pie for some occassions, I know that pumpkin pie is a tradition, but I'm a men without traditions and I like to try something new in the food area.

  17. I have never heard anything about this recipe, but I must admit I stayed fascinated with what and saw and what I read. I'm gonna prepare this recipe tonight, and I just hope to get tyhe same delicious result.

  18. It sure looks delicious, awesome recipe.