Recipe for chicken and ham pie
This creamy chicken and ham pie is the perfect way to use up your Xmas or Thanksgiving leftovers. The chicken can just as easily be replaced with leftover turkey if that is what you have leftover after your Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner.
This family recipe for ham and chicken pie is simple to make and is not very much work at all. You really just have to make the sauce and fry up some mushrooms and onions as the meat has already been fully cooked when you made your roast.
We often use this recipe to use up chicken leftovers from a Sunday roast as well. Leeks also go well added to the sauce if you want to make a chicken ham and leek pie.
Chicken or Turkey?
We often have a chicken at Xmas because there are only three of us and a huge turkey would just be far too much food.
But I find this is a great way to use up the remains of your turkey as well, as let’s face it there is a lot of meat on a turkey, even if you are just cooking turkey breasts! You can make several pies and freeze them if need be.
How long can you keep Turkey after Xmas?
It is advisable to use up your Xmas or Thanksgiving meat as soon as possible really. I know there is bit of a tradition in the UK to carry on eating the turkey cold until it is finished, but I have never felt entirely happy doing this.
But in my Mum’s house there is a well-used expression: ‘nothing gets wasted’, meaning we will be eating turkey until every morsel has been consumed.
Even though cold turkey is great served with baked potatoes and some cold ham after Christmas, there comes a point that you need to use it up. This recipe is perfect for using up your leftovers before they start to turn.
Some people (for example, the USDA) say you can keep turkey up to three-four days after cooking as long as it has been refrigerated and properly cooked, but really I like to have it all gone within a maximum of 2 days after Xmas.
After all, you do not want to run the risk of ruining your Christmas or the run-up to New Year by poisoning all your relatives …… (or maybe you do?? 😃 haha!)
Turkey and ham pie
We made this meal on Boxing Day (or St. Stephen’s Day in Ireland) this year and it has all gone now! It is very tasty and super quick and easy to make.
Another advantage this recipe has if you use turkey, is that because turkey can be quite dry sometimes, this recipe cooks the turkey in a sauce which keeps it moist. And another thing, the kids will love it!
The perfect combination of turkey (or chicken) and ham is a great combination.
Many people in Britain and Ireland have a baked ham at Christmas so it works out well. But if you don’t have ham or gammon, then leeks are also a good combination with chicken (or turkey).
Or just a chicken and mushroom pie can also be a success.
I like to use puff pastry in this recipe but of course, you can also make it with a shortcrust pastry if you prefer.
I hope you enjoy this leftover chicken and ham pie recipe and find it a useful and tasty way to get rid of your leftovers after Christmas!
How to make easy chicken and ham pie