Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Most Fuss Free Chicken and Mushroom Pies that I ever baked... made from scratch and they are delicious! (Slow Cooker Central)

As a mum, I wouldn't say no to fuss free recipes...

... especially this easy chicken pie recipe.

To cook this pie filling...
I don't have to brown the onions, chicken and mushroom initially.
I don't have to use any pre-cooked or pre-roasted chicken like what I did at here, here and here. The chicken used in this recipe is actually 100% cooked from scratch!
I don't have to pre-cook the bechamel or any creamy sauce.
I don't have to cook it with any hot boiling stock.
I don't have to worry that the creamy sauce will split.

All I need to do is to assemble all the pie fillings ingredients in one pot (or a slow cooker) and leave it to cook with low heat for 3-6 hours or until the chicken is tender and the sauce is reduced. That's it!

I'm amazed that 1) the chicken pieces are eventually beautifully browned! 2) the sauce is creamy and yummy and won't split!!!

Fuss free? Absolutely!!!

When I want to eat the pies, I transferred the fillings into a pie dish or ramekins, placed Parmesan cheese on the filling and then a ready rolled puff pastry on top of the cheese and bake the pies for 15 mins...So easy and these pies are so comforting to eat!

fuss free easy chicken mushroom pies
The most fuss free chicken and mushroom pies that I ever baked

See how the busy me made these delicious pies to serve 3 very hungry people. First, I gathered all these ingredients...

2 cups finely sliced or chopped button mushrooms
1 brown onion, finely diced plus 2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup cooking cream, can be regular or light (with 18% fat)
1 tsp vegetable or chicken stock powder
2 skinless chicken breast fillets, chopped into bite size pieces
Skinless chicken breast??? Will it be too tough and dry after cooking? I will show you the answer later.
Assemble all in one pot or a slow cooker.
Leave it to cook with cover and low heat for 3-6 hours or until the chicken is tender.
Do not be alarm if the cream looks like it has split. It will be ok later.
Absolutely no worries! At this point, I walked away to do other things.
After at least 3 hrs of cooking, the filling will look darker in colour and the chicken will be nicely browned.
To reduce the sauce, cook the filling uncovered until the sauce is reduced according to your liking.
You can either stir in the 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese into the filling and cook it for 15 mins or sprinkle on the filling just before baking.
As usual, I always prefer to use the fat reduced fat ready rolled puff pastry and I need to thaw and use just one sheet.
It's dinner and baking time and so I did these.
Place puff pastry over the top. Trim the edges (or not - my family and I prefer not to waste any pastry :p). Brush the top lightly with one egg which is lightly whisked. Bake at 180°C for 15 mins or until the pastry is puffed and golden.
Serve immediately!
Nom nom nom....

Oh wait!!! I have to show you something ...

 See! The chicken breast pieces are beautifully browned!
And they are not dry at all being flavoursome and tender.
This recipe is amazing!

Do you know that Slow Cooker Central is currently the No. 1 selling book in ABC Book Shop?

I'm impressed that a slow cooker and the recipes including this chicken and mushroom pie recipe from the book, Slow Cooker Central can make the lives of busy working people so easy.

Thanks to Slow Cooker Central! Busy people like us can eat well and don't have to be hungry... LOL!

I hope that you like this recipe as much as I do. It is one of the chicken recipes that I have seen in the book, Slow Cooker Central by Paulene Christie and there are more than 250 recipes that you can find in this amazing book.

Are these 250 recipes all soups and stews? Nay!!! The Slow Cooker Central recipes originate from some of the creative members in Paulene's Facebook Slow Cooker Recipes group which has used a slow cooker to transform a humble chicken into these flavourful food...

Besides Chicken, there are chapters like Soup, Snacks and Light Meals, Beef, Sausages, Lamb, Pork, Game, Seafood, Vegetable and Sweets.
Just the chicken chapter itself, I'm seeing many amazing recipes with flavours from around the world.
Chicken Gumbo with southern American flavours.
Here we have the Mexican style chicken...
... and many many many chicken dishes with Asian influence.

... like
honey and garlic chicken
simple chicken satay
oriental style orange chicken
orange and ginger chicken
teriyaki wings
Thai peanut chicken
sweet and sour chicken
oriental honey soy chicken
Japanese sticky chicken wings
Peking chicken fried rice
chicken tikka masala and the list goes on...

If you are a busy working mum like Paulene Christie, the author of Slow Cooker Central book, you gotta have a slow cooker and this book! Thermomix, KitchenAid Cook Processor or a humble slow cooker... Now, I say eeny, meeny, miny, moe... LOL!

I'm sorry that I have agreed to the publisher that I can't publish the recipes in this book in this book review post. However, if you really wish to bake these fuss free chicken and mushroom pies, please read my post in details, you will see that you can actually cook these pies without a written recipe. *Hint*

If you have a slow cooker and like to buy this book, it is available in most book stores at RRP AUD$24.99 or if you are lucky, you can win one here! This giveaway is open to ALL international readers and the submission ends on 6 August 2015. Good luck!

Slow Cooker Central by Paulene Christie Book Giveaway
Before ending this post, I like to thank Harper Collins Australia for giving me this opportunity to do this review. I like to make a disclaimer here that I'm not paid to do this review and like to share my most honest opinions about this book.

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  1. Look delicious Zoe! I love pot pies!!

  2. A book with all the recipes submitted by real people now thats one I have to have

  3. Thank you for sharing this recipe. You make it so easy.
    Your bakes make me happy!!! ;))

  4. Haven't had a pot pie for long :)

  5. Oh this is so easy and delicious looking! I have no excuse, I can make this today if I had all the ingredients! I already have the puff pastry in the freezer! I totally will be making these soon!

  6. Now you are making me curious about this book Zoe :) Your pot pie looks perfect to me too!! The chicken is perfectly cooked just the way I like mine in pies.

  7. Yay, this time you used puff pastry! I also use frozen puff pastry, Kawan brand, very nice.. My filling more simple and fuss-free, I use cream of chicken, haha..

  8. Looks so tempting! Love the filling..

  9. So yummy-licious! Like your "Nom nom nom" ... wished I could eat it ^-^!

  10. Wow! That does look easy. And tasty! Besides, who doesn't like pot pies? This is a winner -- thanks.

  11. Hi Zoe! Your pot pie looks so tempting and I'm tempted to make this. But I got to go get ramekins and puff pastry.

  12. bellissime queste monodosi!!!

  13. One pot dishes are perfect for weeknights.