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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.48 / 5 (526 votes)

Prep time:
30 min
Cook time:
50 min

Filo pastry gives way to juicy chicken and creamy leeks in Simon Rimmer's family-friendly pie


1. Heat the olive oil in a sturdy frying pan and cook the chicken until tender for about 5-10 minutes until cooked, stirring often. Remove from the pan and leave on one side. Omit this stage if you are using cooked chicken.

2. Add 1 teaspoon of butter to the same pan and soften the leeks, without colouring, for 5 minutes. Sprinkle over the flour and cook, stirring all the time, for a further 2 minutes.

3. Stir in the wine and chicken stock and bring to a simmer – cook for about 5 minutes – until lightly thickened.

4. Add the Philadelphia and stir until it has melted into the sauce. Add a dash of water if it looks a tad too thick.

5. Return the chicken to the pan and add the parsley. Then spoon the mixture into a shallow, 1 litre ovenproof pie dish and leave to cool.

6. Brush the edge of the pie dish with olive oil. Unroll the filo pastry and lay a sheet of pastry over the pie dish. Brush with olive oil then repeat with the other sheet. Scrunch up the overhanging pastry, fold onto the pie’s surface, and brush with olive oil.

7. Bake in a pre heated over at 190c/ gas 5 for about 30-35 minutes, until golden and serve straight from the dish.

Nutritional Information (Per serving)
Energy 1047KJ/249kcal
Protein 26.2g
Carbohydrate 11.8g
of which Sugars 3.4g
Fat 9.5g
of which Saturated Fat 3.1g
Fibre (Englyst) 2.2g
Sodium* 0.3g
* Equiv as Salt 0.7g


Tips and suggestions

Sprinkle sesame or poppy seeds on top of the filo pastry before cooking

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great quick tasty meal, i have been asked to cook it again which with my cooking 'skill' is a first!

SandraB46776 SandraB46776  Posted 22 Oct 2014 12:02 AM

Made this tonight and we all really enjoyed it. Will be making again.

JeanB6715 JeanB6715  Posted 29 Jan 2014 8:01 PM

I made this today and it's so tasty! Good dish for hungry families.

carolD52883 carolD52883  Posted 16 Aug 2013 1:24 PM

i have made this many times and always add diffent veg to give it a diffent flavour the family love this pie with roast pots.

DaineM54411 DaineM54411 Posted 30 Sep 2012 10:24 AM

such good flavour!

LisaM73994 LisaM73994 Posted 29 Apr 2012 3:02 PM

Love this recipe. 3rd time making it tonight. Last time added carrots, peas & broccoli & served with roast pots. Tonight I've added mushrooms, peas & broccoli. Tasty & easy to make.

RachelM81084 RachelM81084 Posted 01 Mar 2012 6:18 PM

When I'm in GB I love the pies, so I tried this one today. This one was easy and hubby and the kids liked it (especially the filo, need to add more for the kids). I definitely make it more often. Thanks from Dutch/Asian family.

SandyK56716 SandyK56716 Posted 29 Feb 2012 7:33 PM

This was a great, easy recipe. Tasted good and looks impressive. Would definately make it again.

TaniaA8448 TaniaA8448 Posted 22 Dec 2011 11:32 AM

Well done Anthony! Glad we've inspired you to cook.

Be brave and try other recipes too. This super easy chicken one-pot is super popular with those like easy cooking.



Deborah - UKTV Deborah - UKTV Posted 13 Oct 2011 4:37 PM

i am 62 years of age and its the first time in my life i have cooked for myself it was so easy to do i dont think i will be cooking any thing else loved it

anthonyF70479 anthonyF70479 Posted 12 Oct 2011 5:31 PM

shirleyD59964 shirleyD59964 Posted 04 Oct 2011 1:15 PM


SarahY52687 SarahY52687 Posted 26 Jun 2011 8:06 AM

hi very nice i am a cook on a ship i cook for 25 people could you recomend some lunch menu for me please

billymc billymc Posted 24 Feb 2011 10:16 PM

Absolute hit with friends! Filo pastry perfect with such a hearty pie plus added some Shitake mushrooms - YUM!!

arleneros arleneros Posted 08 Feb 2011 3:02 AM


BillN85488 BillN85488 Posted 03 Feb 2011 8:47 AM

This was so beautiful...I didn't have any white wine so I just used more stock and instead of a filo pastry I used a puff pastry top and turned great...I also added mushrooms to it which was lovely!!

ManpreetK83546 ManpreetK83546 Posted 18 Dec 2010 1:00 AM

Love this so nice

LouiseF38298 LouiseF38298 Posted 02 Dec 2010 7:28 PM

This is sooo yummy. Made it twice Smile one of my favs Smile

Charl598 Charl598 Posted 31 Oct 2010 7:16 PM

this web site is the best, im turning into quite a masterchef

emmaC84186 emmaC84186 Posted 20 Oct 2010 2:06 PM

very yummy and filling, will definately make this again

emmaC84186 emmaC84186 Posted 20 Oct 2010 2:02 PM

the filo pastry makes this pie incredibly delicious, but still light, which is a good change from the traditionally very heavy and quite stodgy pastry. Delicious! Smile

JessicaC52089 JessicaC52089 Posted 29 Sep 2010 7:59 AM

The best pie ever. I cook this for my wife at least once a week with crispy roast potatoes and we love it. The recipe is easy to follow too. Would rate 10/10.

BruceH96656 BruceH96656 Posted 17 Jul 2010 2:58 PM

Hi Trish,

How about a nice peppery watercress salad with roasted new potatoes in their skins? In the winter I would serve this with a wholegrain mustard mash.



Nora R Nora R Posted 12 Jul 2010 4:00 PM

I made this and loved it. Any suggestions on what to serve with it?

trishL79291 trishL79291 Posted 09 Jul 2010 1:19 AM

Ab fab ! Easy as pie ! - but I used garlic and herb philadelphia, and it really was lovely. Would be ideal as well I think as a dinner party meal in indvidual samll caserole dishes with saute' potatoes.

fizzie 1 fizzie 1 Posted 18 May 2010 8:24 PM

Agree, its a very easy simple dish and all the family love it!

PatsyV77707 PatsyV77707 Posted 01 Apr 2010 5:24 PM

Fab pie, firm family fav! So easy, its just wonderful.

NicolaR56678 NicolaR56678 Posted 11 Jan 2010 7:56 PM

Really lovely and easy pie. I used Philly with basil, and added an onion. Made 2 smaller pies rather than one big one, ended up having it two nights in a row.

topazshaz topazshaz Posted 19 Nov 2009 9:08 PM

was the best pie ive ever made, even my son who dislikes leeks loved this, one that will become a family fav, thanks simon x

angie124 angie124 Posted 02 Nov 2009 9:52 AM

Made this with shop bought shortcrust pastry. Made it for 4 people and just as I was thinking there was enough left for my lunch the following day my guests ate the est of it. Absolutely wonderful for an impressive and easy meal.

SheilaG43591 SheilaG43591 Posted 31 Oct 2009 6:05 PM

Very nice. Used leftover roast chicken and added leftover sliced roast potatoes in the base with chopped leftover carrots too. Tasty.

Lel36 Lel36 Posted 27 Oct 2009 8:20 PM

looked good on tv... just going to the supermarket to get the ingredients!

DeanK75010 DeanK75010 Posted 23 Oct 2009 4:31 PM

looked good on tv... just going to the supermarket to get the ingredients!

DeanK75010 DeanK75010 Posted 23 Oct 2009 4:31 PM

My partner not a lover of leeks or sauces, however, after surprising her with this dish for our evening meal she is now converted.
Could the wine have done the trick! I wonder

KeithM43232 KeithM43232 Posted 22 Oct 2009 7:18 AM

definately going to try this looks amazing

dr_who dr_who Posted 21 Oct 2009 1:43 PM

Added some sliced button mushrooms to recipe. Thought it was an extremely tasty pie - really enjoyed it.

JimL SunCoast JimL SunCoast Posted 19 Oct 2009 2:35 AM

shaz 3 shaz 3 Posted 18 Oct 2009 5:33 PM

My husband doesn't like chicken and leek pie! I did this for some friends and he said it was lovely! Went down a treat and was nice and easy, got filling ready the day before and just put pastry on when I got home from work.

shaz 3 shaz 3 Posted 18 Oct 2009 5:32 PM

This is Fantastic! So tasty

margaret92 margaret92 Posted 08 Oct 2009 2:48 PM

margaret92 margaret92 Posted 08 Oct 2009 2:47 PM

YUM all the family loved it

SusanA74224 SusanA74224 Posted 01 Oct 2009 6:42 AM


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