Friday, 1 April 2011

Little chicken and leek pies

B and I are BIG fans of small food. Finger food, bite sized morsels and small versions of usually large sized foods are for some reason, way more tempting. Perhaps it is because you tell yourself it is ok to eat more because the food is small! Those small bite sized morsels of beautifully made savoury or sweet bites that just pop straight into your mouth. Maude and Betty family get togethers are usually made up of a few different bite size beauties (which I will share with you over time) so if you're having a party or a small gathering or just some mates over to watch the footy (Go Lions!) these pies are great for big and small people alike.

Oh and guess what? You don't have to make your own pastry! So for all you out there who give up on pastry recipes there is no excuse now. This is as easy as pie (pardon the pun!).

The recipe comes from a great book of mine called The Australian Women's Weekly - The Complete Book of Modern Classics page 340

preparation time 30 minutes
cooking time 40 minutes (plus cooling time)
makes 36 depending on the size you do

You will need
3/4 cup (180ml) chicken stock
1/2 cup (125ml) dry white wine  (If you're like B you may need to be quick and make these before you drink all the wine.....sorry B!!)
2 single chicken breast fillets (340g)
20g butter
1 medium leek (350g), chopped finely
1 trimmed celery stalk (100g), chopped finely
1 tablespoon plain flour
2 teaspoons fresh lemon thyme leaves (makes a beautiful flavour)
1/2 cup (125ml) cream
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 sheets ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
3 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry
1 egg yolk, beaten lightly
lemon thyme leaves, extra

1 Combine stock and wine in medium saucepan, bring to a boil. Add chicken, return to a boil, cover, reduce heat, simmer about 10 minutes or until chicken is just cooked through. Remove from the heat, stand chicken in cooking liquid 10 minutes, remove chicken, reserve 3/4 cup (180ml) cooking liquid, chop chicken finely.

2 Melt butter in medium saucepan - fry pan, cook leek and celery, stirring, until soft. Add flour and thyme, stir until bubbling. Gradually stir in reserved liquid and cream, cook, stirring, until mixture boils and thickens. Stir in chicken and mustard. Remove from heat, cool slightly.

3 Preheat oven to hot (220 degrees/200 fan forced).
Grease three 12-hole patty pans (I used a 24 hole one and a muffin tray)

4 Using 7cm cutter, cut rounds from shortcrust pastry, press into prepared pans. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the chicken mixture into each pastry case. Using 6cm cutter, cut rounds from the puff. Top chicken mixture with pastry lids, brush with egg yolk, sprinkle with extra thyme leaves. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes or until browned. Note: Do not overfill or the pies will overflow.

PS You could always make this into one big pie also!

Enjoy M x


  1. Absolutely delicious - made them for a party so froze them before baking - just tasted one (just to make sure they were suitable for guests) mmmm.

  2. Hi there, These look amazing and I plan to make them.
    Just want to know if it is ok to share your recipe on my facebook page. Do not want to stand on toes, so would like your permission before I do.