Keep evenings easy by preparing this protein-packed dish ahead of time
By Healthy Diet
20g of butter
1 large leek, washed and chopped into 2cm pieces
200g mushrooms, roughly chopped
4 x 250g chicken breast ﬁllets, cut into bite-sized pieces
250ml chicken stock
1 tbsp cornflour
100ml double cream
2 large handfuls of baby spinach leaves
6 sheets of ﬁlo pastry
drizzle of olive oil
salad or veg, to serve
Preheat your oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
Heat the butter in a large frying pan over a medium to high heat. Add the leek and mushrooms and fry for 2-3 minutes until they just start to soften. Turn up the heat to high, add the chicken pieces and fry for a further 2 minutes – the chicken won’t be cooked through at this point – then pour in the chicken stock and let it come to a simmer.
Meanwhile, mix the cornflour with 2 tablespoons of water until smooth, then pour into the pan, along with the cream. Bring back to the boil, stirring gently, and cook until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the spinach, then tip the whole lot into a pie dish about 28cm x 15cm. Set aside to cool a little.
Take a sheet of ﬁlo and roughly crumple it in your hands – there is no right or wrong to this method! Place the crumpled ﬁlo on top of the chicken ﬁlling in the pie dish and repeat with the remaining ﬁlo sheets.
Drizzle the pastry with olive oil, then bake the pie for about 20 minutes, by which time the ﬁlo will have crisped up and turned golden brown in places. Serve up your pie with fresh salad or some vegetables.
Nutrition: per serving
Recipe taken from:
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