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Nigel Slater is now a cooking hero of mine! After I had mocked my mother for using his recipes I totally had egg on my face when over Christmas she busted out his chicken and leek pie – it was awesome! It was this recipe, that can be found on BBC Food, which inspired me to get my cook on and create, what I am feeling brave enough to say is, the only chicken pie recipe that you will ever need!
The best part for me… It’s super simple to make, you can get it ready before people come over and all of the ingredients are easily found – no random things in this pie thank you very much!
Now, I have cooked this bad boy several times and everyone loves it! But this pie only has a lid on it – this has caused debate if it really is a pie or just a casserole with a lid… The reason I only put a lid on it, is personally I don’t like too much pastry – I like a pie to have a big thick filling and not over shadowed by pastry. It is of course a personal preference and if you’re a pastry lover it will work just as well!
Let’s crack on!
4-5 Chicken thighs
1 small while onion
1-3 bay leafs
Milk (enough to cover chicken pieces) – I used Skimmed, but any milk you have will work
6 smoked rashers of streaky bacon (cut into postage stamp-size pieces)
3 leeks (sliced into discs)
3 tbsp plain flour
3 big tsp Dijon mustard
1 pack of puff pastry (or homemade pastry)
1 egg (beaten – for glazing)
2 tbsp parmesan (grated – for topping)
Serve with new potatoes, green beans and lots of thick gravy!