Chicken and Leek Pie

  • Preparation Time50 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyMedium
1 Knorr Chicken Stock Pot
4 chicken breasts
2 leeks
10g butter
1 egg
1 shortcrust pastry sheet, ready to use

For the béchamel

500ml semi-skimmed milk
25g flour
25g butter
1 Knorr Chicken or Vegetable Stock Pot

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, Gas Mark 4.

Prepare 500ml of béchamel (white sauce) until creamy. Note when making béchamel, you can use Vegetable Stock Pot or Chicken Stock Pot – it’s your choice.

Chop the white parts of the leeks. Keep the pieces quite large so they have some texture. Otherwise they just disappear in the sauce.

Melt 10g butter in a frying pan. Cook the leeks without colour in the butter until softened and most of the liquid is evaporated.

Cut each chicken breast into three pieces. I always keep my chicken quite chunky for the simple reason that I want it only half-cooked when I assemble the pie. Smaller pieces will dry out. My way, the pie and the chicken finish cooking simultaneously.

Pouch the chicken pieces for approx 10mins in the béchamel sauce – dissolve one further Knorr Chicken Stock Pot into the sauce. Keep stirring until the chicken is half-cooked.

Transfer the chicken, béchamel and leek mix to a pie dish.

Roll out the shortcrust pastry. Lay the pastry over the dish and mould it around the side of the dish so it holds in place. It helps to glaze the edge of the dish with beaten egg beforehand to help it stick. Brush the pastry lid with the egg wash. This will help give it some colour in the oven. Don’t be tempted to trim the pastry because it will shrink in the oven and if the pastry shrinks, the pie will leak.

Put it straight into the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until it is golden brown on top.

Recipe courtesy of Knorr

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