With a crisp, golden outside and rich, creamy filling, not for nothing is chicken pie considered a much loved classic of British cooking. Chicken pie is a fantastic way of using up leftover meat from a Sunday roast – not to mention turkey leftovers from Christmas dinner – and depending on how much meat you have to use the filling can be easily bulked up with popular additions such as mushrooms, ham or leeks. Relatively quick to put together, an easy chicken pie recipe is worth having up your sleeve for a comforting Monday night dinner.
This collection of chicken pie recipes contains plenty of inspiration for hearty winter suppers, whether you're looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe or something to dazzle with at the weekend. Shaun Rankin's Chicken, leek and mushroom plate pie recipe is inspired by his mother making good use of their roast chicken leftovers on a Sunday afternoon, while Dominic Chapman's Chicken pie opts for a deep dish to let his filling – chicken and mushrooms simmered in Madeira-laced stock with caramelised onions and juicy hame hock – shine through. Nathan Outlaw adds punch to his pastry with some grated cheddar cheese in his Chicken and mushroom pie recipe, while Sally Abé's Pithivier of chicken, squash and sage is simple to prepare but makes the perfect Sunday centrepiece.