Spring chicken pot pie
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 6
- 4-6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 100g smoked bacon lardons
- 2 leeks , sliced
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 100ml white wine (or extra stock)
- 200ml chicken stock
- 200g crème fraîche
- 100g frozen or fresh podded peas
- 1½ tbsp Dijon mustard
- small bunch of tarragon , chopped
- 1 egg , beaten
- 320g sheet puff pastry
- STEP 1
Season the chicken thighs with some salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan and fry the chicken for 3-4 mins on each side until lightly golden, then transfer to a plate. Add the bacon to the pan and fry for 5 mins until golden. Tip in the leeks and fry for another 5 mins.
- STEP 2
Sprinkle the flour over the leeks and bacon, and stir until combined. Add the wine, if using, and bubble for a few minutes, then add the stock and stir well. Slice the chicken and return it to the pan – don’t worry if it’s not fully cooked through at this point, it will finish cooking in the oven.
- STEP 3
Stir in the crème fraîche, peas, 1 tbsp mustard and the tarragon, and bubble for a few minutes until thick and saucy. Add a splash more stock or water if it seems too thick Remove the pie filling from the heat. Whisk the remaining ½ tbsp mustard with the egg in a bowl.
- STEP 4
Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Spoon the filling into a pie dish with a lip and use some of the egg mix to brush the sides of the dish. Unroll the pastry over the top of the pie and crimp the edges against the sides of the dish, then cut away any excess with a knife. Will keep frozen, well covered, for up to three months.
- STEP 5
Brush the remaining egg glaze over the pie and make a small steam hole in the middle. Bake for 40 mins until golden and puffed. Serve with buttered new potatoes and steamed greens or carrots, if you like.