Gluten-Free Chicken Mushroom Tourtiere
Originally published October 12, 2016, Updated on 10/4/20
I created this Chicken Mushroom Tourtiere for Canadian Thanksgiving 2016, and now I’m updating this post right in time for Canadian Thanksgiving 2020!
I specify Canadian, because - as a Canadian married to an American - we celebrate both Thanksgivings - mine in October, his in November.
My husband is always happy to celebrate both - twice the turkey! Twice the pumpkin pie! Canadian goodies for the October Thanksgiving! - but that year, he presented me with a challenge:
He couldn’t handle eating pork or beef anymore. You know, the two main ingredients of my traditional tourtière!
What is Tourtiere?
Proper Tourtière (“Tortière”, for some) is a wonderful thing - a French Canadian meat pie, and it’s SO good when made properly.
There are probably as many ways to make it, as there are people in Quebec. Some people use mashed potatoes, some use cubed potatoes... some will skip the carrots, others may skip the celery. I’m sure the seasoning vary as well, though the ones I use tend to be pretty ubiquitous.
The Altered Tourtiere
There was NO way I was going to forgo a tourtière, so I decided to try for a workaround: I would develop a tourtière recipe that didn’t have the pork or beef, but still tasted proper. (Half my family is from Quebec, so I do get to claim “legit”, LOL!)
Starting with the meat, I went with ground chicken: he prefers it to turkey. I decided to add a TON of mushrooms to it, both for taste and texture.
I was originally going to get really weird with it and add a sweet potato, but decided against that at the last minute - the umami taste from the mushrooms was going to be filling in for the taste of pork / beef - as weird as that may sound - and I didn’t want the sweetness of sweet potatoes competing with that.
The Finished Chicken Mushroom Tourtiere
... it turned out amazing! I was actually a bit disappointed that it didn’t actually taste like mushrooms. I figured the mushrooms would be my consolation for not having beef or pork, and was actually looking forward to a mushroomy pie.
In the end, though, it just tasted like my normal tourtière!
The mushrooms provided the right texture and umami that I would normally be getting from the pork and beef, while the use of the vegetables and seasonings worked together to camouflage what was actually in it.
It’s hard to be too disappointed in the lack of mushroom flavour, when confronted with that kind of ... sorcery ... in accuracy.
Not only was this Gluten-Free Chicken Mushroom Tourtiere great fresh out of the oven (and, let’s get real here, with all of the filling that disappeared to “quality control” before making it into the pie), it reheats very well as leftovers.
So, yeah. Not going to stress out about dietary issues getting in the way of tradition again - super happy with how it turned out.
Don’t Need it Gluten-Free?
If you don’t need it to be gluten-free, swapping the pie crust out is easy!
Simply use your favourite pie crust recipe, or even use pre-made pastry crusts - just be sure to buy enough for a double crust pie!
More Holiday Recipes
Looking for more inspiration for your holiday spread? Whether Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any of the other holidays, here's a few ideas for you!
Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Brandied Apple Upside Down Cake
Chicken Based Potato Sausage Recipe - Potatiskorv
Maple Bourbon Glazed Carrots
Mushroom Brie Turnovers
Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars
Savoury Mushroom Chestnut Stuffing
Southern Comfort Glazed Ham
Interested in Canadian cuisine? You should definitely check out my Canadian coobook, "More Than Poutine: Favourite Foods from my Home and Native Land”. "More than Poutine" is a Canadian cookbook like no other - written by a Canadian living away, it includes both traditional home cooking recipes, as well as accurate homemade versions of many of the snacks, sauces, convenience foods, and other food items that are hard to come by outside of Canada!
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Now, on to that Gluten-Free Chicken Mushroom Tourtiere recipe!