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Creamy chicken and mushroom pot pies
Serves 4 (Takes 1 hr)
30ml olive or avocado oil
4 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
250g mushrooms, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3ml ground nutmeg
30ml cake flour
15ml brandy (optional)
15ml soy sauce
4 spring onions, chopped
400g roll puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten
Sesame seeds, for sprinkling
Baby herbs, to serve (optional)
1 Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
2 Heat half of the oil on high and fry the chicken for about 5 minutes, or until golden. Season, remove from the pan and set aside.
3 Add the remaining oil to the pan and fry the mushrooms for about 5 minutes. Add the butter, garlic and nutmeg and fry for 1 minute. Season. Return the chicken to the pan and add the flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
4 Reduce the heat and slowly add the milk while stirring. Cook for about 5 minutes or until done.
Add the brandy (if using), soy sauce and onions to the pan, and season. Spoon into 4 x 250ml enamel cups or ovenproof bowls. Cool.
5 Cut the pastry into 4 equal rectangles. Scrunch the pastry on top of the filling in the cups.
Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Place on a baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and cooked. Serve with the baby herbs.