Archive of BBC Food Recipes

Chicken and leek pie

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 8
From Nigel Slater's Dish of the Day
A super simple pasty filled with chicken and bacon in a creamy mustard sauce.


  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 allow to soften.

  4. When the chicken is cooked remove from the milk and flake the chicken meat into the pan with the leeks, discarding the bones.

  5. Add the flour and cook through for two minutes before adding the milk through a sieve to remove the 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 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.


  • 4 pieces chicken (thighs and legs)
  • 8 peppercorns
  • ½ onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • milk (enough to cover chicken pieces)
  • 6 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, cut into postage stamp-size pieces
  • 30g/1oz butter
  • 2 leeks, sliced into ½ inch discs
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 x 375g/13oz packs of puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten, for glazing
  • parmesan, grated, for topping

Shopping List

Chicken and leek pie

Fruit and vegetables

Tins, packets and jars

Cooking ingredients

Dairy, eggs and chilled

Meat, fish and poultry

This link may stop to work if/when the BBC removes the recipes
This site is under development - You can use it, but some things are not completed and may not be quite right!