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Chicken and Mushroom Pie

  • 5 chicken breasts, skinned
  • 5ml olive or canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped finely
  • 2 slices lean ham or bacon, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 250g brown mushrooms, sliced (1 punnet)
  • 4 courgettes (baby marrows), coarsely grated (optional)
  • 1,25 ml salt
  • 2.5ml freshly ground black pepper
  • 15g mushroom soup powder
  • 60ml skimmed milk
  • 300ml boiling water
  • 30ml oats
  • 2 sheets phyllo pastry (2 double A4 sheets)
  • 1 egg, beaten
Method: 15-20 minutes

1. Preheat the oven to 220 °C.
2. Spray a 200 x 200 mm ovenproof dish with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Cut the chicken breasts into small pieces.
4. Pour the oil into a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, ham or bacon, chicken and garlic, and gently stir-fry until brown.
5. Add the mushrooms, courgettes, salt and pepper, and cook until just tender.
6. Mix the soup powder with the milk in a cup or mug. Add some of the boiling water to fill the cup and mix well. Pour over the chicken and mushroom mixture in the frying pan. Add the rest of the water and the oats, and stir until the sauce has thickened slightly.
7. Pour the pie filling into the greased ovenproof dish.
8. Take the room-temperature phyllo pastry sheets and loosely pile them in a ruffled heap on top of the chicken filling. Brush lightly with the beaten egg.
9. Turn the oven down to 180 °C and bake for 15–20 minutes, until the pastry is golden and the filling is heated through.

Serve with a large tossed salad or cooked vegetables.