Cheat's Chicken and Mushroom Pie

"I desperately wanted a chicken and shroom pie but couldn't be bothered to find a nice recipe or to wait for one to bake in the oven so I made this up as I went along - it was yummy! The amounts are therefore approximate and I would imagine lots of subsititutes/omissions/additions would be possible. We had it with mashed home-grown potatoes, yummy! A quick note about the white sauce, use whichever recipe/ready-made version you normally use but make it slightly thicker than single cream (this is runnier than a normal bechemal sauce) by using slightly less milk and adding chicken stock."
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  • Pre-heat the oven to 220°C.
  • Fry the lardons (without oil, the lardons provide the fat).
  • Move the lardons to one side.
  • Add the chopped shallot and crushed garlic, warm through until the shallot is soft.
  • Put the puff pastry in the oven.
  • Add the chicken, pepper and thyme to the frying pan, cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add the white mushrooms, cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add the wild mushrooms, cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, make the white sauce with chicken stock added.
  • Add the peas and white sauce to the chicken, heat gently for 2-4 minutes to mix thoroughly.
  • Serve the chicken and shrooms with the puff pastry lid placed on top.

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