I’ve taken one of the blog’s most loved casseroles and turned it into a chicken and leek pie. With all the flavours that made this recipe so popular, plus some frozen peas, it’s a very good midweek supper and equally impressive for a casual dinner party. I use ready made all butter puff because even I know when to draw the line. It’s kind of old fashioned and homely, but with all the makings of a new family favourite.
There’s not much needed in the way of explanation here, except to offer ideas for sides dishes. Savoury pies are good all year round, but depending on the season, I’d suggest a green salad, with some bitter leaf as well, like watercress, for summer. When the weather cools, pies prefer roast root vegetables, like parsnips, sweet potato wedges or heirloom carrots. If you’re after wintery comfort, waxy potatoes tossed in butter and roughly chopped parsley, isn’t a bad idea either.
Chicken and leek pie
- 1 x chicken and leek casserole recipe
- 180ml weak chicken stock
- 10ml (2tsp) cornflour combined with 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup peas
- 400g ready made puff pastry
- egg wash ( 1 egg combined with 1 tablespoon water)
- Preheat the oven to 200º C.
- Remove the skins and bones from the chicken pieces. Cut the larger pieces into bite size portions and add back into the pan.
- Add the chicken stock and cornflour slurry to the chicken. Over a medium heat, simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
- Stir through the peas and remove from the heat to cool slightly.
- Roll the pastry out on a well-floured surface. Cut into a round, about 3cm wider than the pan.
- Lay the pastry over the chicken and tuck the edges under. Brush with egg wash. If you like, use the pastry scraps to decorate the top of the pie. Bake for around 40-45 minutes, until the top is golden and cooked through.