Chicken pie


15ml spoon vegetable oil
2 medium raw chicken breasts
6 mushrooms
1 onion
25g frozen peas
25g sweetcorn (canned or frozen)
1 x quantity white sauce
1 x quantity shortcrust pastry  


Mixing bowl, frying pan, saucepan, measuring jug, measuring spoons, sieve, palette knife, weighing scales, 2 chopping boards, sharp knife, fork and pastry brush.


  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6.  
  2. Make up the shortcrust pastry. Allow to rest. 
  3. Dice the onion.  
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and fry for 5 minutes.   
  5. Cut the chicken into chunks. 
  6. Add the chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes.   
  7. Add the mushrooms, peas and sweetcorn. Reduce the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.  
  8. Make up the white sauce, with mixed herbs.
  9. Stir the sauce with the chicken mixture, remove from the heat.  
  10. Lightly grease a pie dish.  
  11. Divide the pastry into 2.  
  12. Roll out the pastry thinly on a lightly floured surface, large enough to cover the pie dish  
  13. Carefully place the pastry into the greased dish. Ensure that the pastry sits well in the dish.  
  14. Trim away the excess pastry around the edges.  
  15. Prick the base with a fork.  
  16. Pour the chicken mixture into the dish.  
  17. Brush the edges of the pastry with milk or water.  
  18. Roll out the remaining pastry thinly to make the pie top.  
  19. Carefully place the pastry over the pie.  
  20. Trim away the excess pastry around the edge.  
  21. Secure the edges by pressing down with a fork.  
  22. Knock- back the edges with a palette knife to create a crust.  
  23. Decorate your pie with pastry trimmings. Secure these with milk.  
  24. Make an air vent in the centre of the pie lid.   
  25. Glaze the top of the pie with milk and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. 

Top tips:

  • Remember to use separate chopping boards and knives to cut chicken and vegetables.
  • Always use oven gloves when removing dishes from the oven.
  • Make a vegetarian pie by replacing the chicken with a variety of seasonal vegetables.
  • For a short crust pastry recipe, click here.
  • For a white sauce recipe, click here.


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Melt, simmer and boil
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Roll Out
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Decorate & Garnish
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