Chicken, Garlic, and Mushroom Pie

This is basically Coq au Vin as a pie (although I leave out the bacon). Easy, looks great, and tasty. Takes about one hour to prepare and cook and serves 6-8.  

Chicken, Garlic, and Mushroom Pie
Coq au Vin as a pie.
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Ingredients for sauce
  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 400 grams button mushrooms
  3. 8-10 baby onions, peeled and halved
  4. 12 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  5. 1 x 400 gram can tomatoes in juice, chopped
  6. 1 1/2 cups red wine
  7. 3 cups chicken stock
  8. 3 bay leaves
  9. 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  10. 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  11. salt and pepper
Ingredients for pastry
  1. 2-3 sheets of puff pastry, cut into quarters
  2. 1 egg, beaten, or a little milk
Ingredients for finishing pie
  1. 800 grams boneless, skinless chicken thighs and/or fillets, cubed
  2. 3 tablespoons cornflour
  3. 2 tablespoons port or sherry
Instructions for sauce
  1. Brown mushrooms well in a heavy saucepan. Remove mushrooms and put to one side.
  2. Add onions and garlic to pan. Cook gently until softened and starting to brown (8-10 min).
  3. Add remaining sauce ingredients and browned mushrooms to pan.
  4. Simmer for 20 min.
Instructions for pastry
  1. Preheat oven to 220º C
  2. Put the pastry quarters on a baking tray and brush with egg or milk
  3. Bake at 220º C for 8-10 minutes
  4. Reduce to 180º C and cook until pastry is puffed, golden, and cooked through (10 min).
  5. Split each pastry in half, through the middle, creating a top and bottom.
Instructions for finishing pie
  1. Add chicken to pan with the sauce.
  2. Cover and bring to the simmer.
  3. Simmer until chicken cooked (8-10 min)
  4. Combine cornflour and port/sherry in a jar
  5. Mix cornflour into sauce
  6. Stir over heat until slightly thickened.
  7. Spoon hot chicken filling over a pastry bottom.
  8. Put pastry lid on top.
  9. Serve.
Notes
  1. Sauce can be prepared ahead of time.
Adapted from "With Fork and Spoon" by Annabel Langbein
Adapted from "With Fork and Spoon" by Annabel Langbein
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