About this recipe:Chicken and leek pie that is creamy, flaky and filling all in one! Shop-bought puff pastry makes this super easy. Use shortcrust or homemade pastry, if preferred. This pie freezes really well, too.
1 whole chicken, deboned and cut into bite size pieces
4 slices cooked ham
4 leeks, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 pinch ground mace or ground nutmeg
275ml chicken stock
1 packet puff pastry
1 tablespoon milk
125ml double cream
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
In a 1.5 litre baking dish, layer the chicken, ham, leeks and onion a couple of times each until the dish is full. Season each layer with a little salt, pepper and mace. Pour the chicken stock over the layers, and dampen the edges of the dish.
Roll the pastry out large enough to cover the top of the dish, and place over the top. Crimp the sides down with a fork, and trim the excess from the edges. Cut a round hole in the centre of the pastry. Roll dough scraps out and cut into strips. Use the strips to form a design, and place lightly over the hole. Brush the entire top with milk.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until chicken is cooked through. If the top crust is getting too brown, loosely cover it with baking parchment or aluminium foil. While the pie is baking, heat the cream over low heat. When the pie is cooked, remove from the oven, and carefully remove the design from the hole. Pour the cream into the hole, and replace the design. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.
This pie freezes well - simply assemble the pie and freeze before baking. Once you're ready to bake, simply throw it in the oven straight from the freezer.
Perfect recipe, I done one big pie and used shop bought pastry, the pie came out fantastic,
But I bought a whole cooked chicken instead and cut that with the ham a threw it in, added the double cream etc with it and stirred in a little cornflour to thicken it and cooked it for about 25 minutes , made this recipe super quick and easy! it was delicious served with my creamy mash, and carrots and peas... Loving the nutmeg also! - 17 Mar 2014