Chicken pot pies

Chicken pot pies

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Description:

Hearty and wholesome - this is comfort food at its best. These delicious pot pies can also be made with left over chicken from a Sunday roast.

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  1 hour

Serves:  4

 

Ingredients

For the sauce:

600ml milk
1 sprig thyme
1 bay leaf
30g butter
30g plain flour
3 tbsp RSPCA Assured labelled double cream
1/2 chicken stock cube

For the filling:

600g RSPCA Assured labelled chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
1 tbsp oil
2 baby leeks, finely sliced
500g ready rolled puff pastry
1 RSPCA Assured labelled egg, beaten

Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C.

Place the milk and herbs in a pan and bring to just under the boil.  Leave to cool, so the herbs can infuse the milk.

Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes. being careful not to burn it.

Add the infused milk a little at a time, stirring constantly.  Take off the heat and whisk the mixture with a balloon whisk getting rid of all the lumps.  Place the pan back onto a medium heat and whisk continuously until the sauce comes to the boil and thickens.

Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon.  Add the double cream and the stock cube, crumbled.  Stir well, then allow to cool.

 

Heat a large frying pan and cook the leeks for 5 minutes until softened but not coloured.  Add the chicken and cook until evenly browned.  Stir in the sauce.

Spoon into large dish or 4 small dishes.  Cut out pie lid large enough to cover dish/dishes and long strip to go round the edge.  

Dampen the edge of the dish and press on the strip of pastry.  Cover with the pastry lid or lids and crimp the edges.  Cut 2 slits in the middle to allow steam to escape.

Brush with egg and bake for 25-30 minutes (the larger pie dish will need around 5-10 minutes longer) or until the pastry is puffed up and golden brown in colour.

Serve with a selection of seasonal vegetables.

Recipe compliments: Cook it @ Frogmary Green Farm

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