This very easy but what I call “cheat” chicken pie recipe is so quick you will never have ethe actual chicken pie again! This version has no bottom crust and is made in a pan.

Whenever you are pushed for time and need something quick, instead of buying ready made pies – rather make this one! Nothing beats making your own food plus its free range chicken

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Cheat Chicken Pie

A quick, easy and simple way to make a chicken pie, no crust but instead made in a pan
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4


  • Oven proof 26-30 cm frying pan


  • 2 Onions normal size – not large and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 120 ml water
  • 400 g Beboned Chicken thigh chopped into strips, different sizes
  • 300g Portobello mushrooms Could also be mixed mushrooms
  • 30 g Fresh thyme
  • 1 block All butter puff pastry cold but slightly defrosted as we need to roll it out a little


  • Preheat the oven to 220°C
  • Place your pan on the hob, medium high heat and add the olive oil
  • Add a smaller pan on the hob, medium heat.
  • Add the onions to the larger pan and fry for a minute or two. Add all the chicken and stir through. Cook for 6 minutes or until you are satisfied with the colour, taking care not to overcook. Nobody likes dry chicken
  • While thats happening, add yoru mushrooms to the small pan for about 5 minutes, let them get nutty. If some are too big maybe cut in half
  • Tip the mushrooms into the big pan and the thyme and quickly stir through for not more than a minute.
  • Remove from the heat, add salt and pepper, red wine vinegar and the water. Quickly mix
  • Now you must be fat, quickly roll out the pastry – you just need it to be big enough to cover the pan. If you struggling, another tip is to bring the filling mix into the middle of the pan so the outskirts are empty, almots like a wedge leaving space to the edge of the pan.
  • Place the pastry over the pan, be sure to cover all gaps. Using a wooden spoon press down at the edges and you sort of seal the cheat pie this way.
  • Brush the pastry will a little oil and leave any marking you would like in it. I like my little kids to choose a letter of their choice.
  • Bake for 15 minutes in the oven or until it looks golden, usually 15 minutes is enough
  • Serve and enjoy!


This is so easy, you can change this to almost any type of pie you wish. But so easy especially with the kids and you are pushed for time



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