Chicken and Vegetable Pie
- 1/2 teaspoon butter for buttering dish, plus 1 tablespoon more for leeks
- 2 sheets frozen short-crust pastry, thawed
- 1 pound chicken breast, sliced into 1 inch cubes
- 2 carrots, peeled, chopped into cubes same size as chicken
- 1 brushed potato, washed, chopped into cubes same size as chicken
- 1 cup green beans, tails removed, chopped into thirds
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic, finely sliced
- 1 leek, (white part) finely sliced
- 1 celery stick, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup reduced-salt chicken stock
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup milk, for brushing
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a medium pie or lasagna dish. Place one sheet of pastry into the dish, cutting off the excess. Line with parchment paper and fill with pie weights, dried beans or rice then bake for 10 minutes. Remove the baking paper and weights and then bake a further 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
Bring a medium saucepan filled with water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to boil. Add potatoes and carrots together and cook for about 15 minutes or until they start to become tender.
Place the green beans into the saucepan and drain all the veggies after about 3 minutes. Rinse under cold water until they are no longer hot.
In a large frying pan, heat the oil and fry chicken pieces on a medium to high heat until browned and partially cooked. Remove and set aside.
Lower heat to low to medium, and melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan. Add garlic, leeks, and celery to the pan and saut’ for about 3 minutes until softened – be careful not to brown the garlic. Stir in flour and then whisk in stock and cream.
Allow to simmer for about 8 minutes until the mixture has thickened slightly. Add pepper to taste and return chicken to the same pan stirring everything together.
Place vegetables and chicken mixture into the pastry-lined dish and cover with the second pastry sheet, removing the excess. Press the edges down around the pie with a fork and make a slit in the center to release steam. Brush with milk and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Allow to rest for at least ten minutes before serving.
- Puff pastry is not tough enough to be used on the bottom of the pie.
- You can always substitute onions for leeks, but they have a much stronger flavor.