Chicken, bacon and leek cottage pie recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 592 calories / serving
  • Freezable
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For a quick and easy family dinner, try this hearty cottage pie packed with succulent chicken thighs and crispy bacon lardons and topped with golden potatoes and rich Cheddar cheese. Full of flavour and simple to make – the perfect midweek meal. 

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or shallow casserole. Add the chicken and lardons and cook until golden. Add the leeks and cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened. Scatter over the flour and stir until absorbed.
  2. Gradually pour in the stock and leave to cook for 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through with no pink showing and the sauce has thickened. Preheat the grill to its highest setting. Stir the crème fraîche or cream into the chicken mixture and season well. Carefully pour the mixture into a large baking dish.
  3. Heat the mashed potato following the pack instructions, then stir in the parsley and cheese. Spoon it evenly over the chicken mixture, then top with a little extra cheese. Grill until the topping is golden and crisp. Serve.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Cook as instructed and allow to cool completely. Then transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal freeze for up to 1-3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating. To reheat and serve, place on medium heat, stirring occasionally until the dish is heated through.

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  • Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g (1lb) chicken thigh fillets, chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) lardons
  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 250ml (8fl oz) chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp low-fat crème fraîche or double cream
  • 1 x 800g pack fresh mash
  • handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • 50g (2oz) Cheddar, grated, plus extra to sprinkle on top
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  • Energy 2476kj 592kcal 30%
  • Fat 31.4g 45%
  • Saturates 12.6g 63%
  • Sugars 5.7g 6%
  • Salt 2.9g 49%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 38.8g Protein 37.3g Fibre 3.7g


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