There are not many comfort foods that are more comforting than pie. This chicken and leek patchwork pie is warming, filling and comforting for Winter but is also a healthier option – the best of both worlds!

Chicken and leek patchwork pie healthy comfort food recipe

  • Preparation time:20 minutes
  • Cooking time:50 minutes
  • Total time:1 hour 10 minutes

Nutritional Info: Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,287kJ/305kcals
Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 3.5g
Carbohydrate 26.8g
Sugars 6.3g
Salt 0.5g


Ingredients for the Chicken and Leek Patchwork Pie

  • Olive oil spray
  • 500g essential Waitrose leeks, sliced
  • 400g essential Waitrose British chicken breast chunks
  • 250ml Cooks’ Ingredients chicken stock
  • 250ml skimmed milk, plus extra for brushing
  • 2 tbsp Waitrose easy thickening sauce
  • flour
  • 300g frozen peas
  • 300g essential Waitrose frozen broccoli florets, defrosted slightly and cut into smaller pieces
  • 30g essential Waitrose reduced fat soft cheese with garlic & herbs
  • ½ x 320g pack Jus-Rol light puff pastry sheet

Method: How to make this healthy chicken and leek pie

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Spray a large saucepan with oil and cook the leeks and chicken for 5 minutes until the leeks are softened and the chicken golden.

2. Add the stock and milk, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through with no pink meat. Add the sauce flour to the pan, bring to the boil and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring until smooth and thickened.

3. Stir in the peas, broccoli and soft cheese, then tip into an ovenproof pie dish. Sit the dish on a baking sheet.

4. Cut the pastry into 12 squares and arrange on top of the filling – the pastry should overlap a little in places but not cover the filling completely.

5. Brush the pastry squares with milk

6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is golden and the filling is piping hot.

7. Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe & Image Credit: With Permission, Waitrose