A chicken pie is one of those dishes which instantly evokes feelings of warmth, comfort and great home cooking. This pie recipe brings together chicken, leeks, prunes, and Caerphilly cheese into once such tasty and hearty pie. This is also a chicken pie which is so easy to make and only needs about 20 minutes to bring it together and once in the dish, pastry lid on and into the oven. That leaves you the 25 minutes cooking time to cook some vegetables to serve alongside, or simply put your feet up.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 3 cloves of garlic (sliced)
- 4 boned chicken thighs (cubed)
- 200g (7 oz) leeks (sliced, white parts only)
- 2 tablespoon flour
- 150ml dry white wine
- 450 ml chicken stock
- 200ml double cream
- 2 teaspoon English mustard
- Salt and black pepper (to taste)
- 100g (3 1/2 oz) prunes (halved)
- 150g (5 1/2 oz) Caerphilly cheese (crumbled)
- 55g (2 oz) mixed chopped tarragon and flat leaf parsley
- 450g (1 lb) ready rolled puff pastry
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon of double cream
Preheat oven to 350 F / 180 C.
In a medium-sized saucepan melt, the butter and oil then fry the onions and garlic until they start to color, about 10 minutes
Then add the chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes until the chicken is sealed
Add the leeks and flour stirring continually until they are well combined
Add the wine and chicken stock slowly until the sauce has thickened
Add the cream and mustard and then season
Take off the heat and stir in the prunes, cheese, and herbs
Place the pie filling into a medium sized pie dish
Mix the egg yolk and cream together and then brush around the pie dish. Cover with pastry and cut around the sides with a knife Brush the remaining egg over the pie
Poke a couple of small holes in the pastry to let out the steam
Cook in the oven for 25 minutes, remove from the oven and serve
Alternatives to the Chicken, Leek, Prune, and Caerphilly Cheese
No worries if you cannot find Caerphilly cheese, it is not always easy to find especially outside the UK, use a crumbly strong Cheshire or other white strong cheese. The vital element is the cheese crumbles, so melts easily and quickly into the pie.
Prunes are not always everyone's favorites but if you can sneak them in, the recipe is all the better for them, but leave them out otherwise.