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Chicken and leek pie.

Photo: Quentin Jones

Whip up a pie quick smart.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large leek, sliced
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk, plus extra
  • 1/2 cup pouring cream
  • 750g cooked chicken breast fillets, chopped*
  • 3 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 sheet puff pastry

Method

Preheat oven to 200C. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan and cook leek for about three minutes or until soft. Add flour and stir for one minute. Combine stock, milk and cream in a jug, gradually stir into leek mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Stir in chicken and parsley then spoon mixture into a lightly greased ovenproof dish (six-cup capacity) and cool. When cold, brush rim of dish with a little extra milk and place puff pastry over filling, trim to fit dish and decorate edges. Rest in the fridge for 15 minutes then brush top with a little extra milk and cut a small slit in the pastry for steam to escape. Bake for 20-40 minutes or until pastry is golden.

* Raw chicken breasts can be poached in two cups' chicken stock for 10 minutes then rested in the stock for 10 minutes before chopping.

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