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Chicken, Leek and Pea Pie (Maggie Beer’s Sour Cream Pastry)

By Christine’s Recipes

Prep time: 10 mins + 20 mins for chilling

Cook time: 50 mins

Yield: One round pie dish/pan, 24cmx4cm in sizeIngredients of crust:

  • 200 gm unsalted butter, cold and coarsely chopped
  • 250 gm plain flour
  • 125 ml sour cream

Ingredients of fillings:

  • 250 gm chicken breast (or chicken thigh)
  • 80 gm bacon, diced
  • 1 leek, white and light green part, finely diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 100 gm green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 50 gm corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 10 gm butter
  • 18 gm plain flour
  • 200 ml chicken stock
  • 1½ Tbsp white wine
  • 2½ Tbsp cream
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped

Ingredients of egg wash:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp milk

To make the pie crust:

  • Place butter and flour in a food processor, pulse to mix until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the sour cream and continue to pulse until mixture just comes together. Gently shape into two discs. Do not over-knead. Wrap in plastic film and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove crust disks from the refrigerator. Roll out one between two plastic films to a 32cm circle, about 3mm thick. Carefully line the pie dish as the base.
  • Roll out another crust disk to a 25cm circle, as before. Keep it in plastic film. Put both pastry disks back to refrigerator for later use.

To make the fillings:

  • Dice chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Pan fry chicken over medium heat until cooked. Set aside. If using frozen peas and corn kernels, soak them in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain well.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 10 grams of butter over medium-low heat. When the butter begins to melt, add leek, garlic. Cook until fragrant and the leek softened. Toss in the bacon, continue to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir and combine occasionally. Toss back the chicken. Pour in white wine, cook for 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour, stir to combine. Add the stock and cream. Cook to reduce the sauce by more than half and thickened. Stir in peas and corn kernels. Taste by yourself. Season with salt and pepper if necessary. Stir in parsley. Transfer the fillings into a large bowl and let it cool down. Refrigerate it for 20 minutes.

To make the pie:

  • Preheat oven to 220C (425F). Prepare the egg wash: mix egg yolk and milk in a small bowl.
  • Remove both pastry disks and the fillings from the refrigerator and let sit for a while until they soften just enough to be workable. Fill the case with the fillings, topped with pastry. Crimp the edges to seal and score the top pastry. Cut a 1cm-slit in the middle of the pie. Egg wash the pie.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat to 200C (395F), continue to bake for a further 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. If the top is browning too quickly and too much, loosely cover with a layer of foil until the dough is cooked through. Remove from the oven. Serve hot with salad greens.

Other delicious chicken pie recipes:

http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2011/07/chicken-leek-and-pea-pie-maggie-beers.html#more

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Posted by on September 4, 2011 in Pastries

 

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