Chicken and thyme pie

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Chicken and thyme pie
This pie is nice for having people over or for a different family meal.
 

450g chicken fillets, chopped

225g puff pastry (or flaky pastry)

1 egg, beaten

2 leeks, sliced

50g butter (2x 25g to be used at different times in recipe)

150 ml chicken stock (to taste)

25g flour

2 tbsp double cream (to taste)

5 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped

Preheat the oven to 220°C / 425°F / Gas mark 7.

Add 25g butter to a large saucepan and cook the chicken for around 5 minutes before adding the leeks.

Cook both for 4 minutes and the leeks are soft.

Transfer to a large bowl, season with salt and pepper then set aside

On a low heat, melt the remaining butter in a saucepan then add the flour.

Stir to create a smooth paste and then pour in the chicken stock and increase the heat stirring constantly.

Add the cream and reduce the heat until the sauce thickens slightly then add the thyme.

Turn off the heat and add the chicken and leeks to the sauce.

Grease a large oven-proof dish and pour in the chicken filling.

Roll out the pastry on a floured surface, to a thickness of about 1cm then layer if over the dish and trim away any excess.

Make a couple of small slits in the pastry with a knife to allow the steam to escape and then brush the pastry with the beaten egg.

Bake the pie for about 25-35 minutes until the top is golden and the filling piping hot

Remove from the oven, allow to cool before serving with some green vegetables. 

Serves
4

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
60 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Flour, Chicken, Fish, Vegetables, Stock/Broth

Recipe Type
Family Dinners, Pies

Level of Difficulty
Easy

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