Chicken Leek and Potato Pie à la Nigel Slater (Bake-Along #62)

Posted: June 13, 2014 in Bake Along, Little Thumbs Up!, Main Course, Pie, Poultry, Savoury, Western
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I have bookmarked the blog-hop event Bake-Along #62 : Theme – Savoury Pie/ Tart more than a month ago, however, I have completely forgotten about it. The life road I have been travelling on of late had been rather long, rough and winding. My office workload has taken a toll on my supposedly free time. Arghhh…!

Anyway, not too long ago today, I had a brief chat with my friend, Miss B from Everybody Eats Well in Flanders. We were discussing about Alex Goh’s treasured recipes she is currently hosting for the months June and July and co-hosted by Charmaine of Mimi Bakery House, then all of a sudden, wham-bam she reminded me of tomorrow’s deadline of Bake-Along!!

I hopped over to Zoe’s blog like greased lightning and noted that the linkup submission would be closed in 14 hours and 50 minutes!!! Ooh la la… that’s less than one day!!

Then I smiled at Zoe’s candid link up, “Hurry up Chicken Pie – A Highly Reviewed Paula Deen’s Recipe”. Hmmm…. at least I wasn’t the only one “hurrying up” 😀

And by the way, that was more than 5 hours ago!

I just checked again the countdown submission deadline, and the clock was ticking, every so vigorously. Tick Tock! Tick Tock! Tick Tock! At this point in time, I have less than 9 hours to closing deadline. Gee-whizz! Time and tide certainly wait for no man…

Okay! Let’s get started and stop dallying, will ya?

Love at First Sight and Comfort Food 

Some months back I was watching one of BBC’s  Channels when Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day’s slot was on. One of his recipes caught my eye almost instantly. It was his Chicken and Leek Pie.

1. Chicken & Leek Pie_whole baked pie

1. Chicken & Leek Pie_sliced1

I adore savoury pies and puffs and replicating Nigel’s recipe in my kitchen was such an honour. It was my kind of comfort food, and each time I made the Pie, my guys licked their platters clean. What more can I say? One thing’s for sure, I LOVE washing up ultra clean plates.  Ha ha ha…

This recipe is adapted from Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day Chicken and Leek Pie which serves 8. I have made some changes indicated in blue font

 Ingredients –

  • 2 chicken thighs (I used 4 chicken legs, divided them into 4 thighs and 4 drumsticks)
  • 2 chicken legs
  • 8 peppercorns (I did not count, but it was definitely more than 8)
  • ½ onion (I used 1 small onion)
  • 1 bay leaf (I used 3 bay leaves)
  • Milk (enough to cover chicken pieces)
  • 6 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, cut into postage stamp-size pieces (I bought the ready-cut smoked bacon)
  • 30g/1oz butter
  • 2 leeks, sliced into ½ inch discs (I used 3 leeks)
  • 3 Tbsp plain flour
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard (I used 1 ½ Tbsp)
  • 2 x 375g/13oz packs of puff pastry (I could not get the rectangular shaped puff pastry Nigel was referring to, hence, I had to settle with what I could get hold of at our local supermarket. I bought Marc Payot’s 2 x 230g round-shaped puff pastry)
  • 1 egg, beaten, for glazing
  • Parmesan, grated, for topping (I forgot the cheese the first time I made the pie, but I did remember the second and third times I baked the pie)
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, diced -> this was not in the recipe
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 2. Family Chicken & Leek Pie_ingredients

Preparation method –

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  2. In a saucepan add the chicken, peppercorns, onion and bay leaf. Cover with milk. Bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
  3. Meanwhile, fry the bacon in the butter. Add the sliced leeks and diced potatoes and allow to soften.
  4. When the chicken is cooked remove from the milk and flake the chicken meat into the pan with the leaks, discarding the bones.
  5. Add the flour and cook through for two minutes before adding the milk through a sieve to remove peppercorns and bay leaf. Add the Dijon mustard. Stir constantly to make a thick sauce.
  6. Roll out the sheets of puff pastry to a rectangular shape (I used the round-shaped “bladerdeeg” (puff pastry) at a pound coin thickness. Lay the filling on one sheet and then cover with the second sheet and crimp the edges.
  7. Brush the pie with a beaten egg and sprinkle the grated Parmesan over the top. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked and turned a smashing golden brown.

3. Chicken & Leek Pie_braised chix in milk4. Chicken & Leek Pie_sweating the leeks

5. Chicken & Leek Pie_puff pastry6. Chicken & Leek Pie_before n after baking

7. Chicken & Leek Pie_sliced2

8. Chicken & Leek Pie_salad + promegranate

 Say “Cheese!”

And here’s one I made, topping the pastry crust with some grated cheese. With or without cheese topping, the Chicken Leek Potato Pie was sinfully delectable!

9. Chicken & Leek Pie_with grated cheese topping 

Before the clock strikes 12 midnight and before my Pie metamorphosizes into a “pumpkin”, I am hurrying over to Bake-Along No 62 with the theme Savoury Pie/ Tart, hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Lena from Frozen wings

Bake Along

I am also linking this post to Little Thumbs up with the June theme “Butter”, organized by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Jozelyn from Spice Up My Kitchen at this post.

 Little Thumbs Up

Oh-oh , did I leave my glass slipper behind?

Have a FUN-tastic weekend!


  1. Jozelyn Ng says:

    Thanks for your link up in LTU! Luckily you really hurry up and able to make it to Bake Along event before the dateline ^_^

  2. Nasifriet says:

    Thanks to Miss B for reminding me 😄.

    The “butter” theme for LTU seemed to be rather popular. It’s such a versatile ingredient, isn’t it? Glad you hosted it this month. All the posts looked yummy! 😉

  3. Joyce says:

    I was laughing at your last minute pie-baking! Haha! I know just what you meant by the clock ticking and deadline is getting closer! Thank you for rushing to link with Bake-Along.
    Your pie looks absolutely yummy! Adding the potatoes is a delicious idea!
    I like Nigel Slater’s recipes too!
    Thank you for baking along with us, hope you have a wonderful week!

  4. Zoe says:

    I will never say no to cheese too… In fact, the more the merrier. Funny that you said that you are “Cinderella” and left your glass slipper behind… Nevertheless, you made it!!! And, your Nigel’s inspired savoury pie looks really good 😀


  5. Nasifriet says:

    I LOVE Nigel Slater’s recipes. His cooking does not use a lot of ingredients and yet turned out fab! Simplicity at its best😉

  6. Nasifriet says:

    Phew!! I was on time, wasn’t I ? And my pie did not transform into a pumpkin. Well, it’s great to work under stress😜.

    Yes, love the cheesy topping. Then again, without the cheese, the pie turned out fantastic as well… Love Nigel Slater’s recipes

  7. Lena says:

    hi nasifret!glad you managed to make it on time. .now i’m really late in visiting all the pies post. Sorry for that. Guess this pie must be really yummy otherwise you woldnt hv made it a few times. Again, thx so much for baking along with us, cheers!

  8. Nasifriet says:

    Hi Lena, thank YOU for hosting this pie -bake-along theme. I’m glad I was part of it.

    Yes, I’ve made this pie a few times because it’s really yummy and wholesome at the same time. No fuzz with cooking extra dishes. Everything went in that one dish. 😜

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