How to make the worlds best chicken pie

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There comes a time when your family moves from being a one roast chook family, to a two roast chook family. But what happens when one is too few and two is too many?

What to do with that leftover chook? How can you turn it into another meal? And not just any old leftover chook meal, but one that is so delicious, so moreish and so, well just so comforting and will being all the family to the table, gnashing their teeth, knife and fork at the ready?

I am talking about the worlds most delicious Chicken and Mushroom Pie!

So by now you will know that my mate and neighbour Mrs. Goodman is a brilliant home cook. Some people are just very at home in the kitchen. I recall a while ago, I was having a bash at making gravy from pan juices and I was making a right mess of it. Mrs. Goodman watched on as I added flour and water and tears, before asking me to step aside. Within minutes, she had decanted the most glorious sauce into a little jug. She makes it look easy.

So naturally I recruited her into the official Food Editor at WoogsWorld and have been benefitting from her appointment ever since!

But back to that leftover roast. Mrs. Goodman recently shared her secrets to roasting the perfect chicken here.

So without further ado, lets hand it over to the cook!

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Ingredients:

4 cups of skinned and deboned roast chicken (perfect use for leftover roast chook)
1 punnet (200g) of sliced button or brown mushrooms
2 cups milk
1 and a half cups chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
1 heaped teaspoon of mustard powder
65ml (4tblsp) butter
1/4 cup flour
2 tblsp fresh thyme

1-2 sheets frozen puff pastry
1 egg for egg wash
Salt/pepper/garlic salt

Method:

Skin/debone and chop up the roast chicken and sprinkle with black pepper and garlic salt.

Gently poach the mushrooms in the milk with 1 tbsps. of the fresh thyme. Allow to come to a gentle simmer.

This is an unusual step, and to be honest, I have never seen it done anywhere else…But, my Granny swore by it and it is genius and is definitely what makes the sauce “DELUXE”… So, I don’t mess with perfection and just do as Granny says!

Bring the stock and wine to the boil to cook off the alcohol.

Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour and mustard powder to create a roux (paste) and cook out the flour for a minute or two. Whisk in the stock/wine and when it comes together and thickens, pour in the milk/mushrooms and stir till thick and glossy. Throw in the chook and mix well.

Season with salt and pepper and throw in the remaining fresh thyme.

Place the chicken mixture in a lightly greased pie dish. Allow to cool a little and then top with the thawed puff pastry sheets. Don’t forget to cut a couple of steam release holes. I just snip them in with some scissors.

Beat the egg with a little water and brush it over to lightly egg wash the pastry.

Bake in a preheated 180deg oven until crispy and golden for about thirty minutes.

Serve with a green salad or as my lot like it…”Old school” with mashed potatoes, honeyed carrots and peas.

The Woog and Goodman family came together to share the meal. As is our tradition, we went around the table to present our Best, Worst and Looking forward to conversation. And everyone’s “best” was the pie! And you can see why…

Steggles are focusing on Quality Time, specifically the fact that in this fast pace world, family should still be the core of your community. And what is better then connecting over family meals! No television on. No screens at the table. Nothing but talking and storytelling and laughing.

As I sat there, eating a pie whose recipe had been handed down through four generations, with my own family and friends, I understood that is has never been more important to spend time together as a family.

Once we finished eating, the laughter turned to groans when I told the kids that they were on washing up duty. But the upside, I told them, that at least they didn’t need to scrape the plates, as they were already scraped clean.

 

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Have you made any of Mrs. Goodman’s Recipes?

Are you going to make this pie?

  • Bronwyn Kingdon

    Yummo. Will give it a whirl.

  • Heidi D

    this sounds so good. I will have to give it a try

  • Donna

    Was your pie a double of the recipe? My fam can be big eaters especially in cold weather. And I like to have leftovers. Looks yummy.

  • Tracey

    I could definitely find myself making this pie… in fact I might do it next week.

  • Leisa

    Mrs W, have made the pie and its in the oven. Now I’m drinking the leftover wine! Can’t wait for the best, the worst & looking forward to conversation over dinner. thanks Mrs Goodman, we all love a friend like you!

    • Oh how delicious! Report back.

      • Leisa

        Pie was very tasty and all gone, wine also. Almost got the mushies past the vegie police. Best [top answers] – almost the weekend, worst – mushrooms being hidden in everything and looking forward to – [obviously first timers] Christmas! The year is short when you are 6. Happy days. What’s for dinner tonight Mrs Goodman?

  • Cate Lawrence

    ooh definitely going to miss this, we live near one of the three pie shops in Berlin but it’s quite expensive.

  • Hey Woogster,

    I went to Mr and Mrs Goodman’s place last night (it feels really weird referring to them as that, but I understand their desire for privacy), for our regular lad’s poker night. We all have our poker call-signs and he’s called The Spaniard, but I should be able to cope with calling him “Mr Goodman” just for the duration of this post.

    Mr Goodman (tee hee) has the absolute best man-garage for cards, a real den of iniquity.

    I had been badgering Mrs Goodman to make us one of her famous chicken pies, instead of the usual daggy poker-pizza we order. However I never thought she’d actually make one for seven loud, drinking, gambling blokes.

    But she did.

    The woman is a wonder and that chicken pie, is one of the best things I have ever eaten. It was amazing and it had the poker boys yelling her name from the rooftops (not great for the neighbour’s admittedly).

    Well done Mrs Goodman, you can sure cook. Sensational pie (even the veges were amazing). And I dominated the lads at cards, so it was a win/win (albeit both the wins were me).

    Great work Mrs Goodman (I’m quite liking calling you that now. Mr Goodman – not so much).

    Brilliant.