Master This Recipe!

News| 21st July 2021
Master This Recipe!
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Another week in lockdown, another opportunity to work on your skills! Master the Creamy Fennel, Leek & Chicken Pies with fresh ingredients from Roselands Fruitworld, Woolworths, Coles or Aldi.

Creamy Fennel, Leek & Chicken Pies

  • Prep & cook time 40 minutes, serves 42 medium fennel bulbs (300g)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 800g (1½ pounds) chicken breast fillets, chopped coarsely
  • 20g (¾ ounce) butter
  • 2 rindless bacon rashers (130g), sliced thinly
  • 1 small leek (200g), trimmed, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon plain (all-purpose) flour
  • ½ cup (125ml) dry white wine
  • 300ml pouring cream
  • ½ cup (125ml) milk
  • ½ cup (60g) frozen peas
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
  • 60g (2 ounces) baby rocket (arugula) leaves
  • 1 small radicchio (150g), leaves separated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 


    1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F. Grease four 1¼-cup (310ml) ovenproof dishes.
    2. Using a mandoline or V-slicer, thinly slice fennel, reserve feathery fronds.
    3. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat; cook chicken, stirring, about 8 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from pan; cover to keep warm.
    4. Melt butter in same heated pan; cook bacon, leek and half the fennel, stirring, about 5 minutes or until leek softens. Add flour; cook, stirring, until mixture thickens and bubbles. Gradually stir in wine, then cream and milk; cook, stirring, until mixture boils and thickens. Stir in chicken and peas. Season to taste. Divide chicken mixture among dishes.
    5. Quarter pastry sheet; cut circles from each quarter slightly larger than the top of the dishes. Press pastry rounds over dishes, brush with egg. Cut a slit in each pastry top; bake about 20 minutes or until browned.
    6. Meanwhile, combine remaining fennel with rocket, radicchio, juice and reserved fennel fronds in a medium bowl; season to taste.
    7. Serve pies with salad.

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