Chicken & leek pies

Chicken & leek pies

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(56 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 2
Comfort food doesn't have to mean calories, this superhealthy pie uses filo pastry to keep it low in saturated fat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal538
  • fat17g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre7g
  • protein43g
  • salt1.4g
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  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into chunky chips
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 4 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 chicken breasts, chopped into bite-size chunks
  • 1 leek, finely sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 carrot, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 225ml low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 85g light soft cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped tarragon leaves



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

  • 2 sheets filo pastry


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. In a roasting tray toss the sweet potatoes with 2 tsp of the oil and some seasoning. Cook for 30-40 mins, until golden and crisp. Heat 1 tsp oil in a medium frying pan. Fry the chicken until browned, remove from the pan and set aside. Add the leek and a splash of water, and gently fry until soft, about 7 mins. Add the carrot and cook for 3 mins more. Pour in the stock and boil until reduced by half, then add the mustard and soft cheese, stirring well to combine. Return the chicken to the pan, add the tarragon and some seasoning.

  2. Divide the mixture between 2 small ovenproof dishes. Take the filo sheets and scrunch them up. Top each pie with a sheet and brush with remaining 1 tsp oil. Cook the pies in the oven with the chips for 15 mins, until the pastry is golden.

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17th Apr, 2020
A really lovely, easy meal. Added a few rashers of bacon with the chicken. Half an onion and 2 garlic cloves with the leek. I used cream cheese with chives and I think this added a greater depth of flavour. As others suggested, it's best not to reduce the stock down. In fact, I added a bit more then thickened it with cornflour. I had no tarragon so added parsley. Served with cauliflower florets, roasted at the same time and green beans. This would also be lovely without the filo topping but just served with mash and veg.
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23rd May, 2019
Excellent recipe and not at all difficult. I don't particularly like sweet potatoes but this works great with ordinary potato wedges. Half a teaspoon of dried tarragon is ample for my taste.
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Ellis Timms
11th Feb, 2019
life changing stuff love yous
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3rd Mar, 2020
So why one star????
10th Sep, 2018
Made this evening using leftover chicken from Sunday Roast added at the end. Used leeks, carots and frozen peas. 2 TEASPOONS of dried tarragon. Plenty of extra cream cheese and extra whole grain mustard to taste. Used puff pastry from shop. Will make more sauce next time ( maybe add half a tin of chicken soup ) lovely!
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C Fleetwood
27th Feb, 2018
Two tablespoons of tarragon is too much. It was for us. Tarragon is a very strong herb. Should the recipe have read 2 teaspoons instead?
7th Oct, 2017
Made this recipe this evening and it was very quick and easy. Really delicious. The filo was crispy on top and soaked up the juices on the bottom layer. Will definitely make again.
4th Sep, 2017
This recipe has cheese listed as an ingredient. I can't eat dairy or Soya, could I just leave the cheese out or would it be too dry. If I can't what should I substitute it for. I am trying to be healthy so didn't really want to use dairy free butter or cream.
7th Oct, 2017
I did it with lactofree soft cheese and worked with no problems.
31st May, 2016
Gorgeous pie. I added in some mushrooms and bacon to the ingredients. I also doubled up the leek and carrots to bulk it up a little. Stunning pie.


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