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Posted by Joe Wicks in Recipes

If you love chicken pie, this recipe won't disappoint and it's easily one of the most popular recipes from my new book Lean In 15. It's actually Lean in about 60 minutes, but is such a nice treat that you won't mind the extra effort.


2 large knobs of butter

1 large leek, washed and chopped into 2cm pieces

200g mushrooms, roughly chopped

4 x 250g chicken breast fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces

250ml chicken stock

1 tbsp cornflour

100ml double cream

2 large handfuls of baby spinach leaves

about 6 sheets of filo pastry

drizzle of olive oil

salad or veg, to serve


Preheat your oven to 190°C (fan 170°C, gas mark 5).

Heat the butter in a large frying pan over a medium to high heat. Add the leek and mushrooms and fry for 2–3 minutes until they just start to soften. Crank up the heat to high, add the chicken pieces and fry for a further 2 minutes – the chicken won’t be cooked through at this point – then pour in the chicken stock and let it come to a simmer.

Meanwhile, mix the cornflour with 2 tablespoons of water until smooth, then pour into the pan, along with the cream. Bring back to the boil, stirring gently, and cook until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the spinach, then tip the whole lot into a pie dish about 28cm x 15cm. Set aside to cool a little.

Take a sheet of filo and roughly crumple it in your hands – there is no right or wrong to this method! Place the crumpled filo on top of the chicken filling in the pie dish and repeat with the remaining filo sheets. 

Drizzle the pastry with olive oil, then bake the pie for about 20 minutes, by which time the filo will have crisped up and turned golden brown in places.

Serve up your pie with fresh salad or some vegetables.

BOSH! That's #Leanin15




Get your copy of my first book, Lean in 15 here: www.thebodycoach.co.uk - With 100 delicious recipes and home workout ideas to get you fit and lean in 2016!

Credit: Recipe taken from Lean in 15 by Joe Wicks, out now in paperback, RRP £14.99 (Bluebird). Recipe image ©Maja Smend.

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About Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks is the online nutrition coach inspiring people all over the world to cook with his #Leanin15 video meals on Instagram. He is also transforming the lives of thousands of people with his tailored online nutrition plan, The 90 Day Shift, Shape & Sustain plan.

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