Recipe

Creamy chicken, mushroom & fennel pie

These are serious little pies; tender chunks of chicken, earthy mushrooms and fennel swimming in a creamy mustard sauce and topped with golden, flaky pastry.

  • 40 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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chicken, mushroom & fennel pies

Ingredients

Creamy chicken, mushroom & fennel pie
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 leek, sliced thinly
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced thinly
  • 200 gram swiss brown mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) dry white wine
  • 4 chicken breast fillets, chopped coarsely
  • 300 millilitre pouring cream
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes

Method

Creamy chicken, mushroom & fennel pie
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan forced).
  • 2
    Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, cook garlic, leek, fennel and mushrooms, stirring, for 5 minutes or until vegetables soften.
  • 3
    Stir in wine, bring to the boil. Reduce heat, simmer, 3 minutes. Add chicken and cream, bring to the boil. Reduce heat, simmer 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened slightly. Stir in mustard and parsley.
  • 4
    Spoon filling into four 1½ cup (375ml) ovenproof bowls or dishes. Cut pastry sheets in half, trim halves into 12cm x 18cm (4¾-inch x 7¼-inch) rectangles. Place a pastry rectangle on each bowl, pressing down gently to seal. Brush pastry with egg. Using a small sharp knife, score five lines on each pastry lid at 2.5cm (1-inch) intervals; sprinkle tops wtih fennel seeds and salt.
  • 5
    Bake pies for 25 minutes or until pastry is puffed and golden.

Notes

Place 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and a clove of garlic in a screw-top jar; shake well. Place 100g (3 ounces) baby rocket (arugula) leaves in a large bowl with ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, ¼ cup fresh mint leaves and dressing; toss gently to combine. Serve salad topped with 2 chopped green onions (scallions).

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