Chicken, Ham & Leek Pie

This was a pain in the ass recipe. As I read over the lengthy instructions, I felt really uncomfortable baking the pie and then adding cream and raw eggs to it after it cooked. Maybe I will try it this way some other time, but I opted not to tonight. As I type the recipe, I understand now, it was not supposed to have a bottom crust, which would have made the added cream slightly less disturbing, but it would not have fit the true definition of pie!

It is from a giant cookbook called ‘Elegant Food’ by Valerie Childs, published 1988.

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  • 1 3 lb chicken (I used 1.5 lb of chicken breast)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Parsley stalks (I had to use dry parsley)
  • salt & black pepper
  • 1/4 lb cooked ham in small pieces
  • 1 lb leeks
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 c. chicken stock (made when cooking the chicken)
  • (I added 1 Tb of corn starch)
  • double crust pie recipe
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1 egg lightly beaten for glazing

Instructions

Line pie pan with bottom crust.

Put the chicken in large saucepan together with onion, bay leaf, parley, and salt and pepper. Cover with cold water and bring gently to a boil. Allow to simmer about 45 minutes until the chicken is tender.

Meanwhile, wash and trim the leeks cut them into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Melt putter in a pan and gently sauce leeks for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Remove chicken from broth and cut into good sized chunks. Put chicken, ham, parsley, and leeks into pie pan. Pour 1 cup of the chicken stock over.**

(Here’s where I deviated from the recipe by sprinkling a tablespoon of cornstarch over chicken. **I also added the cream and egg to the cup of chicken stock instead of adding it later.)

Roll out pastry for top crust. cover pie and seal edges. Cut slits for steam to escape.

Bake for 15 minutes in 400 degrees, then remove pie from oven and brush top with egg. Return to oven for an additional 20 minutes.

The recipe says to remove the pie from oven and “carefully lift a segment of pastry and pour in cream and leftover beaten egg.

Chicken Pot Pie 2015 version

This was made in a large rectangular casserole, 2 qt. (It could probably be done in a 9×13 pan, I think it would probably fill two pie pans, which does allow for a bottom crust also.)

1 lb chicken breast

2 T. butter

1/2 c. onions, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, diced (1-2 T.)

3/4 c. potatoes, chopped

1/2 c. corn

1/2 c. green peas

1/2 c. carrot, finely chopped

1/2 c. white wine

3 c. water

3 T. corn starch, mixed with 1/4 c. water

Fresh ground pepper

Salt to taste

Double crust recipe

 

Directions:

Prepare pie crust.

Melt 1 T. butter in large skillet, add chicken breasts, cook until nicely browned on each side.

Remove chicken, add onions and 1 T. butter, cook until cartelized, add garlic and carrots cook until tender.

Add wine and and one cup water, start scraping all of the little browned bits of chicken off the bottom. Add the rest of the water and simmer.

Add potatoes to water to cook.

When cool, shred or chop chicken into 1 -2 inch pieces. Set aside.

After about five minutes add corn and peas.

Mix corn starch and water, add to pan, stir to combine. Cook until slightly thickened.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Add chicken to pan.

Cooking on low, add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour into 2 quart casserole pan.

Roll crust out into a large rectangle.

Place crust over top of pan and seal edges.

Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes, until crust is golden brown.