Chicken and Leek Skillet Pie

DSC_3259Been a bit busy in the Creative Caveman household! We popped over to the UK to record new songs for the band and visit friends and family. And, to be honest, I’ve been keeping quite basic with my cooking for a while in an effort to simplify things. But hey, that gets boring. So decided to put something new together.

My chicken and leek skillet pie turned out rather nice! I like the idea of a chicken and leek pie, in a creamy sauce, but, let’s face it – I don’t do pastry. And I’m a li’l too lazy to make a white sauce. This dish doesn’t suffer though! The cauliflower adds a nice creaminess. It’s a little more Shepard’s Pie than pastry pie, but absolutely delicious.

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 500g chicken breast
  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 1 small apple, peeled, cored and diced (about 90g)
  • 70g bacon
  • 20g butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cauliflower topping:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 15g butter
  • generous pinch sea salt
  • 50g shredded cheese (optional!)

Directions

  1. DSC_3248Stick a pot of water on the stove to boil the chopped up cauliflower. While this is cooking, start on the filling.
  2. In a heavy, oven-proof skillet (I used my fantastic Lodge cast iron one), melt the butter and throw in the chopped leeks and start cooking over a medium heat. Roughly chop up the bacon and add that along with the diced apple. Cook all this together for about 5 minutes.
  3. Slice the chicken breast and throw it into the skillet to cook.
  4. Cook everything together until the chicken is more or less cooked through.
  5. Your cauliflower should be cooked by now, so drain and then put in a food processor (or use a hand blender). Blend together with the mustard and butter until it’s creamy. Add a pinch of sea salt!
  6. Throw in a teaspoon of dried tarragon, salt and pepper into the chicken mixture. Then turn off the heat on the skillet, and smear the cauliflower mash over the top. Sprinkle with shredded cheese (if using) and then stick until the grill for about 15 minutes until the cheese is nice and bubbly and brown.
  7. Delicious!

Author: torie

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  1. I would love to make this but I can’t understand the last part…I can’t tell if it’s a British thing or a typo but what does “stick until the grill ” mean? Do you mean put it in the oven for 15 min? And if so, what temp? Thanks!

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    • Ooops! It’s a british thing, I guess! It also means to put under the broiler. Basically, the idea is to put a flame over the top to crisp up the cheese or crust on top. I guess if you didn’t have a broiler, maybe you could use one of those chef’s torches. (I should get one of those!) Let me know how you get on!

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