Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie

  • 15MINS
  • 1HR
  • 424KCAL

Chicken, bacon and leeks in a creamy sauce topped with light mashed potatoes. A comfort food classic that's suitable for diet plans like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories424
  • Carbs39g
  • Protein49g
  • Fat6.8g
  • Saturates2.5g
  • Sugars6g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

You simply can’t beat a comforting pie, packed full of meat and veggies and ideal for a family dinner! Not only that, the classic combo of chicken and bacon adds a wonderful flavour that’s a little different to your typical chicken pies!

This Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie combines tender chicken pieces with fresh root vegetables in a creamy and indulgent sauce: a hearty dish that you can leave bubbling in the oven and filling your kitchen with a delicious bacony smell!

Because we’ve topped this dish with mashed potato, it’s a really filling and substantial meal, but you can add some freshly steamed vegetable and a glug of gravy to really finish it off.

What diets is this Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie suitable for?

This Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie recipe can be made gluten free if you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions:

  • Stock cube

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie recipe?

  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie?

Nope, we’ve used simple and wholesome ingredients in this dish which you can easily grab at any supermarket!

 

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How many calories are in this Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie?

There are 424 calories per portion in this Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie which means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200ºC.

Step 2

Place the potatoes in a pan with enough water to cover, add a pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes until they are soft. Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and fry the leeks and onions for 2-3 minutes, until soft.

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Step 3

Add the chicken and bacon and cook for 5 minutes, then add mustard powder and 375ml of the chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

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Step 4

Add 75g of the cream cheese and the thyme to the chicken. Stir until completely mixed, then transfer to the ovenproof dish.

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Step 5

When potatoes are cooked, drain and leave for a few minutes then mash until smooth.

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Step 6

Add 25g of cream cheese, parsley and the remainder of the chicken stock to the mashed potatoes and mix. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

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Step 7

Spoon the potato over the chicken mix and level using the back of a fork. Sprinkle with the grated cheese and cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

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What could I serve with this Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie?

You could serve this hearty dish alongside the following starter, accompaniment and dessert:

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How do you know when Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie is cooked?

The pie should be cooked until the chicken is cooked through and the cheesy potato topping is golden brown. This takes around an hour in total.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie?

From chilled: Cover in tin foil and reheat in the oven until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost fully overnight and heat from chilled.

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Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage Pie

Chicken, bacon and leeks in a creamy sauce topped with light mashed potatoes. A comfort food classic that's suitable for diet plans like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    1 HR
  • KCals 424
  • Carbs 39G
  • WW Points:
  • 9 Green
  • 7 Blue
  • 3 Purple

Ingredients

  • 500 g chicken breast diced and visible fat and skin removed
  • 150 g bacon medallions cut into strips
  • 740 g potatoes washed, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 large leek trimmed, washed and sliced
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 100 g low fat cream cheese
  • 25 g low fat Cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 tsp English mustard powder
  • 1 chicken stock cube made up with 400ml boiling water
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme leaves removed and chopped
  • 10g fresh parsley chopped
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC
  2. Place the potatoes in a pan with enough water to cover, add a pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes until they are soft. Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and fry the leeks and onions for 2-3 minutes, until soft.
  3. Add the chicken and bacon and cook for 5 minutes, then add mustard powder and 375ml of the chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Add 75g of the cream cheese and the thyme to the chicken. Stir until completely mixed, then transfer to the ovenproof dish.
  5. When potatoes are cooked, drain and leave for a few minutes then mash until smooth.
  6. Add 25g of cream cheese, parsley and the remainder of the chicken stock to the mashed potatoes and mix. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  7. Spoon the potato over the chicken mix and level using the back of a fork. Sprinkle with the grated cheese and cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

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Recipe notes

Tip: The best potatoes to use for fluffy mash are Maris Piper, King Edward or Desiree.

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KayThursday 26th November 2020

It doesn’t say anything about how to cook the onions and leeks so threw them in with bacon and chicken and regretted it

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    HollyFriday 27th November 2020

    Hi Kay, in step 2 spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and fry the leeks and onions for 2-3 minutes, until soft then in step 3 you add the chicken and bacon to the same pan and cook for 5 minutes. Hope that helps!

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Emily HortonWednesday 25th November 2020

Another triumph, thank you for another awesome recipe x

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    HollyThursday 26th November 2020

    Hi Emily, so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

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LouiseWednesday 25th November 2020

I’ve got sweet potatoes ok to use them instead? Xx

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    HollyWednesday 25th November 2020

    Hi Louise, we haven’t tried using sweet potato as a topping for this pie but it should work fine. Let us know how you get on!

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EmmaTuesday 24th November 2020

What do you class as cream cheese?

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    HollyTuesday 24th November 2020

    Hi Emma, cream cheese is any soft cheese like Philadelphia. Hope that helps!

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Ann MurrayMonday 23rd November 2020

What can i substitute cream cheese with as I cannot each cheese, any dairy ok but not cheese so for the chicken pie mixture and in the mashed potato on top?

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    HollyTuesday 24th November 2020

    Hi Ann, once you have mashed the potato you could add a splash of milk to make it a little more creamy for the mashed potato topping and leave off the Cheddar cheese and alter the calories accordingly. For the chicken pie filling you could swap the cream cheese for Crème Fraîche, quark or Greek yogurt these should still give the pie a creamy sauce filling. Hope that helps!

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