Chicken and leek pie is an old fashioned British pie that’s delightfully creamy and packed with chicken and leeks under a buttery shortcrust pastry crust.  Serve this homemade dish with mash or mushy peas to make a wonderful winter dinner the whole family will love.

Prep Time: 40 minutes
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Chicken and Leek Pie Recipe

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Have you ever tried the combination of chicken and leeks?  It’s a delightful flavor combination you won’t want to miss–especially when it’s tucked under beautiful golden shortcrust pastry.  This classic British pie is worth making for your next family dinner!

slice of chicken and leek pie on a plate

What herbs go with chicken and leek pie?

The most popular herbs for chicken and leek pie are salt, pepper, and fresh tarragon.  Other options include sage, thyme, dill, or parsley.  Experiment to see which ones you like the best.

What goes with chicken and leek pie?

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mushy peas
  • Cress or rocket salad
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Pickled beets

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How many calories are in chicken and leek pie?

The calories in chicken and leek pie vary widely based on what ingredients you use.  For the recipe I’m using, each slice is 550 calories.

How long do you cook chicken and leek pie?

Most savory pies take about 35-40 minutes to bake at 400 F (200 C).  The higher temperature is crucial to getting crisp, golden pastry.

holding a forkful of chicken and leek pie

Can you freeze chicken and leek pie?

Yes, you can freeze chicken and leek pie before or after it has baked.  It is preferable to freeze it before it’s baked, though.

  • Let the filling cool completely.
  • Place it in a freezer-to-oven safe dish, such as an aluminum pie plate.
  • Cover with pastry, then a layer of aluminum foil.
  • Seal tightly in a zip-top freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Bake the pie from frozen–just increase the baking time.

slice of chicken and leek pie on a plate with forks

How do you reheat chicken and leek pie?

  • Bake at 350 F for 20-30 minutes, until warmed to your liking.
  • Microwave individual slices until hot.  (Don’t put metal pie dishes in the microwave!)

How do you make chicken and leek pie?

Gather the ingredients for the filling.

ingredients for chicken and leek pie

Brown the chicken in 3 tablespoons of olive oil until the meat reaches 165 F in the thickest part of the thigh, about 7 1/2 minutes on each side.

browned chicken thighs in a skillet for chicken and leek pie

Remove the chicken from the pan and fry the leeks and garlic in the rendered fat until soft.  Deglaze the pan with 1/3 cup of white wine.

cooking leeks and garlic for chicken and leek pie

Melt the butter in the same skillet, then add the flour to make a roux and whisk for 2 minutes to cook the flour.  (Your roux should be lighter than this; I cooked mine too long in this photo!)

whisking roux for chicken and leek pie

Add the white wine and milk, whisking continuously until smooth.  Bring to a boil and whisk until thick.

adding wine and milk to sauce for chicken and leek pie

Add the cooked veggies and spices and cook for 2-3 minutes to bring out the flavors.

stirring the veggies and seasonings into the sauce for chicken and leek pie

Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

chopped chicken thighs for chicken and leek pie

Stir most of the chicken into the sauce.  Reserve any leftover chicken for another use.

stirring the chicken into the sauce for chicken and leek pie

Let the filling cool, then cover with pastry and brush with beaten egg.  Bake at 400 F for 35-40 minutes until it’s a deep golden brown.

chicken and leek pie on a wire cooling rack

Pro Tips for Making Chicken and Leek Pie

  • Use chicken thighs instead of breast for more flavor and moisture.
  • Speed up the cooking time by using boneless skinless chicken thighs.
  • Have leftover chicken?  Use roasted chicken or rotisserie chicken.
  • Want additional meat?  Add cooked ham or bacon for more protein and flavor.
  • Love mushrooms?  Sauté 8 ounces (226g) of sliced mushrooms in 2 tablespoons (30g) of butter until brown, then stir into the filling.
  • Is the sauce too thick?  Add additional wine or milk to thin it.
  • Want an extra-creamy sauce?  Use half cream and half milk for a richer sauce.  Add a dollop of crème fraîche for a tangy twist.
  • Season the sauce generously.  The seasonings will be less potent once the meat and veggies are added.
  • Add other herbs like sage, thyme, parsley, or dill to change up the flavor.
  • Try puff pastry instead of shortcrust.

Stay warm this winter with these other savory pies.

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Chicken and Leek Pie Recipe


  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Chicken and leek pie is an old fashioned British pie that’s delightfully creamy and packed with chicken and leeks under a buttery shortcrust pastry crust.  Serve this homemade dish with mash or mushy peas to make a wonderful winter dinner the whole family will love.


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Ingredients

For the Filling

  • 1 lb 14 oz boneless skinless chicken thighs (4 thighs; 850g)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (45 ml)
  • 1 1/4 cup leeks, sliced (116g)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup white wine (78 ml)
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter (71g)
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour (37g)
  • 1/2 cup white wine (118 ml)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk (177 ml)
  • 5 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped (20g)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Pastry

  •  15 ounces shortcrust pastry (425g)
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Instructions

Making the Filling

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Meanwhile, pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towel.
  2. Once the oil is shimmering, add the chicken thighs to the skillet and brown for 7 1/2 minutes on each side.  After a couple minutes of cooking, turn down the heat to medium-low and cook until the chicken reaches 165 F (74 C) in the thickest part of the thigh.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, slice the leeks, mince the garlic, and chop the tarragon.  Measure out the butter, flour, wine, and milk, as you won’t have time to measure them out later.
  4. Once the chicken has browned, remove it to a plate with a pair of tongs.  Take the skillet off the heat and scrape out most of the browned chicken bits with a metal spatula.
  5. Return the skillet to medium-high heat, then add the leeks and cook for 3 minutes, until softened.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Deglaze the pan with 1/3 cup of white wine, stirring until the brown fond is gone from the bottom of the pan.  Add additional wine if needed.  Dump the cooked veggies into a bowl and set aside.
  6. Melt the butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat.  Dump in the flour and whisk constantly for 2 minutes to cook the flour.  Immediately dump in the wine and milk, then whisk constantly until smooth and thickened.  Add the chopped tarragon, salt, and pepper, then cook for 2 to 3 minutes and remove from the heat.
  7. Chop the cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces, then stir it and the cooked veggies into the sauce.  (You’ll probably have a little extra meat; just set that aside to eat later.)  Spread the meat filling into a 9-inch pie plate and set aside to cool completely.  You can cover and refrigerate the filling at this stage and bake the pie another day.

Baking the Pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C).
  2. Roll out the shortcrust pastry on a lightly floured surface until 1/8 inch thick.  Brush the edge of the pie plate with beaten egg, then lay the pastry on top and press down the edges to seal.  Cut off the excess pastry with a sharp knife and brush the top with beaten egg.  Cut a few vent holes in the pastry and decorate as desired.
  3. Bake the pie at 400 F (200 C) for 35-40 minutes, until the top is a rich golden brown.  Let the pie cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack, then serve warm with mashed potatoes or vegetables.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: shortcrust pastry, English, no cream

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2 thoughts on “Chicken and Leek Pie Recipe

  1. Combining leek with chicken is genius. Leeks are not to commonly used where I live, but they are really good. The pastry is delightfully buttery, and the chicken is tender. The pie as a whole is a cozy meal for winter days.

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