Sunday, 12 August 2012

Chicken and Mushroom Rounds

Tasty chicken and mushroom rounds in a light puff pastry. You can make or buy your puff pastry, I made rough puff pastry and added a handful of dried herbs for extra flavour.
The rounds can be eaten hot or cold and are prefect for picnics in the summer or for adding to a lunch pack.
The ingredients are all cooked before baking the pastry, I find by doing it this way I don't have to worry about under cooked chicken (yuk) or having to overcook my pastry to make sure all the ingrdients are cooked. When the pastry is risen and brown the rounds are cooked  and ready to eat :)

Preheat oven 180 C / 375 F / Gas mark 5
  • 2 sheets puff pastry (or homemade puff or rough puff rolled out)
  • 1 Large chicken breast (or 2 - 3 chicken thighs)
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 1 packet Mushrooms (chopped)
  • Chicken stock cube
  • 1 tablespoon Plain flour
  • 1 Tablespoon milk ( you can use water)
  • A handful of fresh herbs of choice (I used basil)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
In a frying pan, add the oil and chicken (I chopped the pieces into large chunks), brown the chicken and continue to cook until just cooked. Remove the chicken do not clean the pan. 

Add the onions and mushrooms to the same frying pan and cook slowly until the liquid comes out of the mushrooms (you are not browning them). Add the milk, stock cube and flour and cook stirring well for a couple of minutes.
Break up the chicken into pieces and add to the frying pan and stir. Set aside until cooled.

Cut rounds out of the puff pastry and place half  onto a prepared baking tray/ s, brush the edges with water. Add a dessert spoonful of the chicken/ mushroom mixture to your rounds. Don't over fill (also don't under fill)

Add the top piece and using a fork go all around the edge to seal. using the fork pick the tops of the rounds a couple of time (this lets the hot steam out as they are cooking). You can brush the tops with milk or beaten egg to graze for an shiny brown top.


Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until pastry is puffed up and brown. Serve 1 or 2 with a salad hot or cold.
Enjoy :)

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