Another fab recipe from Amanda from Simple home cook for you.
Chicken and leek are favourite combinations of mine and to be honest, so is anything wrapped in puff pastry! The parcels are super easy to make and a great recipe to make ahead and freeze for those nights when you don’t feel like cooking. I love to serve them with a side salad for a light meal or a plate of veges for something a little heavier. Mmm…. I can smell them now!
CREAMY CHICKEN & LEEK PARCELS
1 leek, white stem finely sliced
1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
600 grams chicken breast fillets
3 tablespoons cornflour
1 ½ cups chicken stock
½ cup cream
4 sheets puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten
STEP 1 – In a large frying pan add butter & melt over high heat. Add leek & garlic & cook for 3 mins or until leek softens.
STEP 2 – Roughly dice chicken (into pieces approx 1cm) and add to pan. Cook over high heat until chicken is browned.
STEP 3 – Mix cornflour & stock together and add to chicken mixture. Add cream. Reduce heat to medium & stir for a few minutes or until sauce thickens.
STEP 4 – Set aside to allow mixture to cool. To speed up the process, refrigerate mixture or spread out onto a tray.
STEP 5 – Preheat oven to 200ºC.
STEP 6 – Cut each sheet of pastry in half (giving you 2 large rectangles). Spoon some mixture onto one half of each piece. Fold the pastry over to enclose the filling and pinch edges to seal. I usually fold over the edges to stop mixture from running out. Cut a slit in the top of each one.
STEP 7 – Place pastry squares onto lined oven trays and brush the top with beaten egg. Bake in preheated oven for 15 mins or until golden.
FaithandFamilyathomeinAusAugust 19, 2015 at 10:32 am
These look divine! I will be making them for dinner tomorrow! Thank you for sharing this yummy, easy recipe. I’d love to link in with you one day on my blog!
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FaithandFamilyathomeinAusAugust 21, 2015 at 8:43 am
Update: I made this last night and it is amazing! I left out the garlic accidentally but it still tasted great. Easy recipie, filling and a lovely opportunity for a treat. Also very economical – I spent $12 on $12 pastries (batch and a half) and it could have easily made another 4 parcels.
Thank you for sharing this great recipe.
Kelly - Be A Fun MumAugust 22, 2015 at 7:04 am
Thanks for your feedback. So glad it was a hit! x
DeirdreAugust 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm
Made these tonight very easy and very delicious,will be making these again
LizFebruary 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm
These look great! Am going to try them tomorrow. Want to do a big batch and freeze some. Can you freeze the parcels after you’ve cooked them or do you just freeze the filling and do pastry each time?
Lindon ThompsonJune 8, 2016 at 5:04 pm
I’ve made this a few times now. You can add a cup of shredded tasty cheese to the mix while its hot and stir it through. Adds a little bite
DonnaSeptember 6, 2016 at 7:51 pm
Thanks so much for this recipe. It’s so tasty and it’s easy to make. Especially as I used some leftover bbq chicken. I’ll be adding some sliced mushrooms next time. 🙂
VeeOctober 11, 2016 at 10:44 am
These look great. I’ve just made my own ‘chicken parcels’ (http://recipeyum.com.au/chicken-mustard-parcels/), but I will definitely be giving these a go next time. Thank you!
NadineDecember 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm
600grams of chicken or 6 breasts???
Julie CammMay 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm
Absolutely delicious, l made 6 of them, we ate 2 and froze the other 4 for another day. My husband loved them so much he wanted more. Will make these again, beautiful flavour, hold together well and not too salty. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
Kelly - Be A Fun MumMay 17, 2018 at 9:24 am
Thanks for the feedback Julie!
Siobhan TroyerJune 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm
You may want to re-think your advice to cool the chicken-leek mixture in the refrigerator. We know that placing warm, much less hot items in the fridge’ causes the interior temperature to rise dramatically. Other items will also warm up, & it may take several hours for the fridge & it’s contents to return to a safe temperature for food storage. Your advice is an invitation to food spoilage & food poisoning, I would suggest you remove that suggestion.
VickyJune 28, 2018 at 12:29 pm
Panic merchant… What a lot of rubbish! It’s only a small amount of food to cool off & it shouldn’t make any difference to the rest of the food in the fridge.
Èla MooreJune 12, 2018 at 1:25 pm
What an incredible recipe! I just whipped these up on a jiff and my husband is eating the leftover filling out of the pan as we await the parcels that are in the oven. Thank you to the moon for this recipe, what a delight!! X
StaceyJune 18, 2018 at 2:59 am
Has anybody tried these cold the next day? looking to make our very regular picnics a smidge more exciting.
djpilotAugust 27, 2018 at 11:55 am
I made these and loved them. I added some pepper, one tablespoon of Dijon mustard when I added the cream, and also put a couple of pieces of brie cheese on top of the mixture before closing/cooking the parcels. Amazing yummy goodness!
Kelly - Be A Fun MumAugust 27, 2018 at 1:40 pm
Love when people include their variations! Thank you!
JoannaAugust 28, 2018 at 8:15 pm
Question, do you freeze the packets after cooking the puff pastry? What is the best way to reheat the packets to keep the pastry flaky?
LouiseSeptember 20, 2021 at 12:29 pm
You fill them and then freeze them before cooking. You can take them out and defrost a bit or throw them straight from the freezer into the oven.
LynleySeptember 2, 2018 at 11:01 am
Have made these yet again – they are so good. Make a lot so I can freeze them to always have a meal on hand. I do add 1 tbsp Dijon mustard for a bit of a bite. Thank you beafunmum for sharing.
IsabellaOctober 24, 2018 at 9:45 am
Would love to make these to freeze, but should they be frozen before or after cooking?
JulieDecember 13, 2018 at 10:14 pm
We have single or double cream in uk ..which do you recommend please? Nb double is the one which thickens on whipping
Kelly - Be A Fun MumDecember 14, 2018 at 7:27 am
Yeah, so double would be the one.
JacquiMay 4, 2019 at 11:29 pm
Can someone answer the various questions about freezing these packets? Do you freeze beforehand or after cooking?
Michelle NarayananMay 21, 2019 at 10:31 am
Seeing it’s made with puff pastry, I freeze mine BEFORE BAKING. It allows the pastry to do its job and “puff” up and get crispy. I’m sure you could do after cooking as well but pastry won’t have that delicate nature or crunch. 🙂
KrisJuly 19, 2019 at 1:20 am
Hi I live in Canada so was wondering if it’s corn flour or cornstarch I would use? I’m assuming cornstarch because it’s a thickener. And her corn flour is just finely milled corn kernels?????
Kelly - Be A Fun MumJuly 21, 2019 at 9:56 am
When I googled it, it does look like cornstarch and what we call cornflour here in Australia is the same thing. I often use it to thicken up recipes.
All the best!
MargaretFebruary 24, 2021 at 7:45 pm
It is definitely cornstarch. you can buy corn that is milled but it is not as fine.
Corn starch is the way to go for our friends in the USA.
JulieAugust 6, 2019 at 2:58 pm
This is one of my favourite meals to make. Like Lynsey in an earlier post I add Dijon mustard to it as well. I also add cracked pepper, 1/3 cup of white wine & whatever vegetables I have in my fridge. The grandkids like it best when I put in small cubes of pumpkin. I always make up a big batch to freeze as they are so yummy. These are great as finger food for a party. Instead of cutting the pastry in half I cut it in fours & make triangles out of them, and they always are a hit!!!
MelissaSeptember 3, 2019 at 2:40 am
Hi, if cooking from frozen how long would you recommend cooking them for?
MargaretFebruary 24, 2021 at 7:46 pm
JujuMay 1, 2020 at 8:24 pm
Can I use cream fraiche instead of cream?
Kelly - Be A Fun MumMay 7, 2020 at 7:55 pm
Not sure, but I think it would be okay.
Jessica RMay 7, 2020 at 7:16 am
How big are the parcels in the picture? If I cut my pastry in half, I get two huge parcels. Are there approximate measurements? I only had enough from the ingredients list to take three….thank you!! My husband LOVES these!!
Kelly - Be A Fun MumMay 7, 2020 at 7:54 pm
The sheets we use are large squares — approximately 25 cm across. Cut these into haf so you have two long pieces, but you only fill one side and then fold it over to seal (so the size of the actual parcel is a quarter of a regular puff pastry size). You need 4 puff pastry sheet, so it makes 8 servings all up. I hope that helps.
Jo ZaninovicAugust 31, 2020 at 3:06 am
Just made these and they were delicious and will definitely make them again, but will make sure I let them cool for abit before eating as we both burnt our mouths!!!! Lol
Colleen TarnawskySeptember 8, 2020 at 7:45 am
Hi Amanda, love the sound of the recipe which I will make tonight. When you freeze do you fully cook first and reheat in the oven? I’ll let you know how it goes.
LindaSeptember 29, 2020 at 9:24 am
Hi Colleen, I make these regularly, we love them, I always cook them fully, let them cool then freeze individually, when I want them I defrost in fridge then just re heat in oven they generally come up just as good when you make them fresh. Hope that helps.
AnnabelleOctober 5, 2020 at 7:53 pm
Amazing recipe we loved this one!! Thank you so much for sharing ?
MargaretFebruary 24, 2021 at 7:48 pm
I am sure that Creme fresh/ricotta or sour cream would be good. When you next make these make a couple with these additives
CrystalApril 5, 2021 at 5:31 pm
These are a hit in my house!! I mix some leftover filling into pasta for my fussy 3 yr old and she loves it too!
Kelly - Be A Fun MumApril 5, 2021 at 5:57 pm
Oh, great idea with the pasta. Thanks for sharing.
MaryJanuary 27, 2022 at 12:17 am
Def. freeze uncooked. But can be cooked straight from the freezer. The pastry will be soggy otherwise..
ValerieApril 25, 2022 at 2:12 pm
This is definitely a favourite in my household. Have had several requests from my sons to make this for dinner. Will look at adding Dijon mustard as suggested earlier. Yummm! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Norma SeggieJune 1, 2022 at 7:11 pm
I added fresh herbs, rosemary, thyme, parsley finely chopped. Dijon mustard would be good too, I’ll try next it next time, definitely make them again. Quick to make and tasty too.