Friday, 8 July 2016

Chicken and Leek Pie

The original title for this recipe is Chicken and Leek Shepherd's Pie - but to my mind you can't call anything shepherd's pie unless it has lamb mince in it. It's the lamb that makes the shepherd's bit not the mash potato. Anyway, enough of my English semantics!

Despite my quibble over it's name it is a delicious pie and a bit lighter than a traditional mince filled one. 

Chicken and Leek Pie (from Healthy Seasonal Recipes)
(Serves 6)

1 tbsp butter
2 large leeks, chopped leek
1 tbsp plain flour
185ml chicken stock
60ml cream or milk
4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 small tin sweet corn
salt and pepper
3 baking potatoes, cooked and mashed.

Preheat oven to 180C.

Heat the butter in a large saucepan over a medium high heat. Add the leek and cook, stirring often until softened and starting to brown, 3 to 5 mins.

Sprinkle the flour over the leeks and stir to coat. Stir in the stock followed by the cream and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often until the sauce is thick, about 5 mins.

Stir the chicken, parsley, sweetcorn, salt and pepper into the leek mixture, and remove from the heat. Transfer to an oven-proof dish and top with the mashed potatoes.

Put into the oven and bake for 30 mins until the potatoes are starting to brown and heated through and the sauce is bubbling. Serve.

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