Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Creamy Chicken and Leek Pot Pies with Prosciutto and Vegetables

With the colder evenings approaching nothing beats this particular comfort food... Pot Pies. We are huge fans of them and we love trying different flavour combinations.  While a beautiful thick gravy tender meat pie is a perfect winter treat nothing, absolutely nothing, can overshadow this Creamy Chicken and Leek Pot Pie with Prosciutto and Vegetables.

Not made using the usual white sauce base this sauce consists of chicken stock, white wine, cream cheese and mustard all laced with fresh thyme.  Taste buds dancing from the first mouthful that's for sure.

These are quite a large serve so you could easily stretch the recipe to make 12 - 16 smaller pies if you preferred.  Freezable, once cooked and cooled, these also make a perfect quick dinner for those nights when we are time poor (for us... most nights LOL).

Creamy Chicken and Leek Pot Pies with Prosciutto and Vegetables

Serves: 8
ProPoints per serve: 14

cooking spray
800 grams chicken breast, skin and fat removed, diced
100 grams prosciutto, all visible fat removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 leeks, thinly sliced
1/2 bunch fresh thyme leaves, stalk removed
3 tablespoons cornflour
3 tablespoons water
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
250 grams reduced fat cream cheese
freshly ground black pepper
2 cups mixed frozen carrots, peas and corn
4 sheets reduced fat puff pastry, thawed

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Spray a large frying pan with cooking spray and cook chicken over medium heat, in batches, until browned.  Remove to a plate and set aside.  Add the prosciutto to the same pan and fry stirring for 2 - 3 minutes or until starting to brown.  Set aside with the chicken.

Add the oil to the same pan add leeks and thyme.  Cook over a low-medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 - 8 minutes or until leek is golden and soft. 

Meanwhile mix the cornflour and water together in a large jug, ensuring it's completely blended.  Add chicken stock, wine and mustard, mixing well.  Place in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat.  When heated through add the cream cheese, stirring, until completely blended. Cook for a further 5 - 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add the chicken and prosciutto to the leek mixture.  Add the vegetables and cook for 5 minutes.  Pour sauce mixture over chicken and mix well.  Remove from heat.

Prepare ramekins or pie dishes.  Spoon mixture dividing evenly between each dish.

Cut pastry in half and place on top of each dish.  Spray with cooking spray and place in oven.  Cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until pastry is golden and crispy and chicken is warmed through.

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