Chicken pot pies with scrunched phyllo pastry tops

Prep: 20 mins
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Chicken and vegetable pot pies with a creamy Dijon mustard and white wine sauce, topped with delicately crisp phyllo pastry tops and toasted sesame seeds.

By Food24 November 20 2014
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Ingredients (18)

1 onion — brown, finely chopped
2 celery — finely diced
3 carrots — peeled, finely diced
2 leeks — sliced
250 g button mushrooms — sliced
1 cup peas — fresh or frozen
2 butter
1 flour — all-purpose
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/3 cup wine — white
1 cup stock — chicken, low sodium
1,5 cup milk
lemon — zest only
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cup chicken — roasted, cut into bite-sized pieces
5 phyllo pastry
3 butter — melted
sesame seeds — to garnish
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Preheat the oven to 180º C.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a deep frying pan. Add the mushrooms once the pan is really hot. Cook the mushrooms on a high heat for about 5-6 minutes until lightly coloured and the water has evaporated. Season lightly with oregano, salt and pepper. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside . Add another tablespoon of oil to the same pan and sauté the onion until softened. Add the celery, carrots and leeks. Sauté over a medium heat until the leeks and carrots have softened slightly.

Add 2 tablespoons butter to the vegetables and stir through. Once the butter has melted, add the flour and mix through. Deglaze the pan with the wine, all the while stirring to prevent lumps forming. Pour in the stock, followed by the milk. Add the lemon zest and juice. Cover with a lid and allow to simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Finally, mix in the mushrooms, peas and chicken pieces.

Spoon the chicken filling into one large pie dish or individual ramekins. Brush each pastry sheet with melted butter and scrunch up in a haphazard manner. Place on top  of the filling and continue until the entire surface is covered. Scatter over the sesame seeds and bake for 35-40 minutes. The tops should be crisp and well browned. Remember, oven temperatures vary greatly and as phyllo is a delicate pastry, it can burn easily. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. Rest the cooked pies for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe reprinted with permission of Bibby’s Kitchen@36. To see more recipes, please click here.

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