fast family dinners – super easy chicken pie

This year I’d love to share with you my favourite family dinners. In this house dinners need to be hearty, they need to be eaten, don’t take too long, don’t have any fancy ingredients and don’t cost too much. One of my favourite recipes is this chicken pie. I’ve shared it before but have updated it to a recipe card to make it easier for you at home to save or print. Or both.

so good

If you want to spend half your day making pie then you can’t go past pioneer woman’s chicken pot pie but if you’re like me and need something to feed the family on a weeknight then this fits the bill.

making chicken piemaking the fillingso easy we left this much for daddy

I made this pie again tonight in one of my williams- sonoma pie dishes which are ceramic and it looked great. I’ve taken the pastry layer out from the bottom from my original recipe and you wouldn’t notice. I think it tastes better.

and here is a quick snap of what it looks like serving up for the kids….I didn’t have long to take it because I had hungry little people lining up for dinner. This is one of their favourites.

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fast family dinner - super easy chicken pie
Recipe type: Dinners
What you'll need
  • 2 chicken breasts (about 500g)
  • 2 handfuls sliced mushrooms
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 50g butter
  • 1 Tbsp plain flour
  • 1 cup stock (I use chicken)
  • good splosh of white wine (optional)
  • 2Tbsps cream (I've used thickened or sour cream)
  • fresh herbs (parsley, basil, whatever you have going)
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 egg and dash of milk
  • salt, pepper
  1. Cut chicken breasts into a few large chunks, place in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil then simmer for about 10 minutes until chicken is cooked right through. Don't overcook it.
  2. Cut chicken into smaller cubes and set aside.
  3. Now while your chicken is on the stove you are going to start the sauce. Saute your onions and mushrooms in the butter. I just do this in a saucepan.
  4. When your onions are nice and soft add in the flour then whisk in the stock and wine (optional).
  5. Allow sauce to thicken but you don't want it too thick. I like a lot of sauce and serve it over my chicken when the pie is done.
  6. Add some herbs and season well with salt and pepper.
  7. Add in your cooked chicken and combine well and finally add in the cream.
  8. Butter up a pie dish/tart tin, pour the chicken filling in and then top with puff pastry.
  9. I fold or roll down my pastry edges the whole way around the pie. Brush with an egg wash of a beaten egg and a bit of milk.
  10. Bake in a preheated 180 degree oven for about 25 -30 minutes, remove from the oven and enjoy.
  11. If you wanted to make these to give to someone then I would allow the pie to cool to room temperature, wrap tightly and freeze or keep in refrigerator and take to a friend.
  12. You could also prepare the filling ahead of time and freeze and then just assemble and pop in the oven when you've got a busy day.
  13. And if you're feeding a big crew just double up your ingredients and cook 2 pies at the same time.



  1. Looks lovely, we make a pretty similar one but add Prosciutto too. Yum

  2. I remember this one from a while ago and sounds delicious! A girlfriend of mine makes a lovely one made with chicken mince meatballs which is also gorgeous! Love a good bit of pastry mmmmm

  3. This sounds really yummy, I will have to give it a go

  4. Might have to try this with my lactose free milk instead of cream & gluten free pastry !! well the chicken & mushrooms will stay the same lol looks yummy what do you serve with it

  5. Thanks Corrie for the print recipe. I have 8 grandchildren (little ones and teenagers )and will be making it these school holidays for them .Maybe 2 for the teenagers.

  6. Hi Corrie,

    This is the best pie it’s our family favourite, I have lost count how many times I have made this we fight over the left overs so now I double the ingredients and make two pies so everyone can have left overs the next day! Great recipe so easy and so so yummy!

    • I know! I forgot how easy it was or how much the kids loved it till they were getting so excited about it!

      • That’s so cute when kids get excited about food! It makes us just happy to see them eat as mine can be fussy at times. l have also added leek occasionly to this recipe it was just lovely.

  7. cec maher says:

    Hi Corrie did you use gluten free pastry ? I might give it a whirl with gluten free pastry but only when the weather cools down here x

    • this isn’t gluten free pastry but it would easily work well and just use some gf plain flour to thicken the sauce. will have to try, there is usually a gf pastry at my local supermarket

  8. Also – check the chicken broth. I usually have to resort to vegetable broth as most prepared chicken broth (and beef) that I have found has wheat in it. My daughter has celiac so we have no room for any gluten.

  9. This looks delicious and I’m sure it tastes delicious too! Can’t wait to try it.

  10. That recipe looks delicious, and easy enough for me to handle. Now if I could just get my kids and husband to eat mushrooms!

  11. Thanks for sharing, now i have dinner organised for tomorrow.

  12. We also love this chicken pie in our house (a favourite with the kids and adults!) and got the recipe from your blog :-). I think I will try leaving out the bottom pastry layer as well, will just make it that bit quicker for a weeknight as I always blind bake the bottom layer first. Happy New Year to you and your gorgeous family Corrie! xxx

  13. I’m adding this onto our weekly menu plan for this week. It looks great. Will have to substitute the mushrooms for something else though as we can’t eat them :(

  14. Noooo!! I can’t believe I did the big shop just BEFORE seeing this awesome recipe. Ngaw…. guess it’ll have to go into next week’s menu planner. Looks delish Corrie!
    Btw… do you think it’ll make a huge difference if I omit the cream? My bub is allergic to dairy (we have substitutes for the butter and milk) but I want him to try some.

  15. cec maher says:

    making tonite Corrie with gluten free Symply wise pastry I think its called. added peas too cause someone here doesn’t like the mushrooms .. thanks again super quick

  16. I just cooked this tonight. I added spinach to the pie and swapped the cream with greek yoghurt. I’ve never cooked a pie but this tastes and looks delicious. It was so simple the kids could help cook it, which always takes longer but then they will eat the veggies because they made it. I will have to add this recipe to my collection.

  17. I cooked this pie last night – my husband loved it. He had the leftovers for lunch today. I made the filling in my thermomix and shredded the chicken! Yummo!

    • I have a thermie I never use :( just have no confidence with it…but this looks great and I was just trying to figure out if I could do it in the thermie…my hubby’s disappointed that I’ve never ‘got into’ using it. Could you please share what you did? Thanks very much :)

      • oh no we need to change that!!!!!! have you got any local classes near you! I’ve found going to classes helped and my favourite cookbook is the indian one, do you like indian at all or chinese as there is a great chinese. for me it was about getting cookbooks that I liked and trying a few things. there are also some great youtube videos let me grab a few links for you. this is one of our favourites – chicken in yoghurt curry and is very mild and the kids love it
        this looks great chicken and chorizo
        lemon tart
        I’m a visual person so I like to see someone make it and then try it at home. Let me know your favourite foods you cook at home and Ill get some great recipes for youxxx

        • Sorry to be only just seeing your reply now :) No, I don’t think there’d be any classes anywhere nearby :-/ But the YouTube videos are great; also helps me to see someone doing it. Have some friends who have Tmx now so that’s helping :)

  18. We made this tonight for the second time in a week and a half. It’s so, so, good!
    We used basil, parsley, and rosemary for the herbs – and added some smoked bacon.

    I hope our little one grows up to love it as much as your kids do, I want this on regular rotation. 😀

  19. Lovely recipe. The only modification I would make is to use chicken thigh fillets – they’re tastier, moister, and cheaper than breast fillets.

    Otherwise, a yummy and wholesome meal! Thanks for sharing. :)

    P.S. I love Emily’s ideas (above) as well!

  20. Caroline Green says:

    Love this pie! Have cooked this pie so many times!

  21. I am a newbie to the Thermi – do you make this in the thermomix? If so are you able to please update the recipe with directions. I am too new to work out how to convert recipes just yet!

  22. Hi Corrie, I just made this pie for my family, (DH, DS9, DD7 & DS3). My husband and I and our 9yo thought it was delicious and I’m sure my other two will enjoy it once they actually put some in their mouth! My children seem to be very fussy which is driving us crazy! Thanks for this recipe. Will be using it regularly. Delicious!

  23. Mareesa says:

    I made this tonight, and all but my youngest loved it. I used leftover roast chicken but had to add a few finely chopped veggies to make up enough filling (cabbage, carrot, potato). I added some dried thyme and minced garlic. I also had no cream, but I’m sure that addition would make it even more awesome! I’m saving this one.

  24. Bronwyn says:

    This pie is delicious! It’s simple, tasty and the suggestions for variations are so helpful and tasty. This has quickly become a favourite for me and my family! :)

  25. Going to make 2 of these for dinner tonight, am going to use sour cream i have in fridge.

  26. Made this tonight. Was really yummy. Added a a grated zucchini.


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