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Winter Warmers? Chicken Pot Pie

July 08, 2016

Winter Warmers? Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

While I think we’ve all had enough of winter already, I’m not quite sure we’re ready to let go of the winter warmers just yet. Besides, there’s nothing like a hearty homemade chicken pie to warm up the family on these cold winter evenings. Especially individual chicken pot pies.

Making puff pastry can be quite time-consuming so if you’re in a bit of a hurry you can easily buy good quality, fresh, ready-made puff pastry from any bakery or cake shop.

Ingredients 

25g butter

1kg skinless chicken thigh meat cut into 2cm pieces

150g bacon, chopped

2 leeks, finely sliced

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

4 sprigs thyme

1/4 cup plain flour

1 cup chicken stock

1/2 cup creme fraiche

4 tbsp chopped parsley

salt and pepper to season

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

1 egg, beaten

Method

Preheat oven to 200 degrees, fan forced.

Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add the butter to melt. Add the chicken pieces in batches and cook for a few minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the bacon and leeks and cook over low heat for a few minutes. Add garlic and thyme and stir. Sprinkle in the flour, stirring well to combine, then add chicken stock and bring to a gentle simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring well.

Return the chicken to the pan and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked. Add the creme fraiche and chopped parsley, season with salt and pepper, and mix well.

Remove from heat and spoon filling into 4 ovenproof ramekins.

Place pastry on bench and cut out lids to fit over the ramekins, allowing a little overhang. Place onto ramekins and snip an air vent into the middle using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife. Brush the pastry with egg wash. Place ramekins on an oven tray and bake for 20 minutes, until pastry is golden and crisp.

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Source: Good Food: goodfood.com.au

 

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