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Lightly Curried Party Pot Pie

Lightly Curried Party Pot Pie

A subtle hint of curry and creamy coconut milk make this impressive pot pie both comforting and sophisticated. Leeks add an upscale twist and sweet potatoes a healthy colourful note. Definitely upscale enough for any style of party. While we suggest buying pre-rolled frozen puff pastry for the topping, use your own pastry or phyllo if you prefer. To further slash production time, kick start this recipe by buying an already cooked rotisserie chicken.


  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:


  • 4 cups (1 L) large chunks cooked chicken
  • or
  • 3 lb (1.4 kg) chicken
  • or
  • 3 lbs (1.4 kg) chicken pieces
  • or
  • 1 store bought cooked chicken
  • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes
  • or
  • 3 to 4 large carrots
  • 2 large leeks
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7.5 mL) each of curry powder, cumin and dried leaf basil
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 400 ml can of coconut milk, not light


  • 1 puff pastry sheet from a 450 g pkg pre-rolled frozen puff pastry or 2/3 of 397 g pkg frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, whisked (optional)



  1. To cook your own chicken, half fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add chicken. Cover and adjust heat so it simmers 30 minutes if using chicken pieces or 1 hour for a whole chicken. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking.

  2. While chicken cooks, leave skin on potato and slice in half. Microwave until it can be easily pierced with a fork, about 4 minutes. You want it tender but not soft. Peel off skins, then cut potato into bite-size pieces. If using carrots, peel and slice into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces. They should measure about 3 cups (750 mL) Boil in water until tender, 10 to15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  3. Clean leeks. Slice in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces. They should measure about 4 cups (1 L). Slice celery. You want about 2 cups (500 mL). Melt butter in a large wide saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks, separating pieces as you add. Stir in celery and stir often until starting to soften, about 10 minutes. If they begin browning, lower heat.

  4. Sprinkle with seasonings and salt, then flour. Stir constantly for 3 minutes, scraping the bottom of pan often. Stir in milk and continue stirring or whisking until no lumps remain. It will be gluey thick. Stir in coconut milk and continue stirring until fairly smooth. Stir in potatoes or carrots. Turn off the heat and cover.

  5. Remove skin and bones from chicken, then cut into large bite-size pieces. They should measure about 4 cups (1 L). Stir into the filling. If making the pie right away, stir gently over medium heat until chicken is hot. If making ahead, cover and refrigerator up to 2 days.

  6. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). The ideal baking dish is one where the filling comes right up to the top of the dish. This filling makes about 8 cups (2 L) which will fill most rectangular or oval dishes about 11 inches (27.5 cm) long. Turn filling into the dish and roughly smooth the top.


  1. On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the pastry sheet or block of pastry until it is about 2 inches (5 cm) larger than the baking dish you are using. If using a pastry sheet, roll just enough to match the shape of the top of the baking dish and then extend it by about 2 inches (5 cm).

  2. Carefully pick up pastry and lay over filling. Gently press down over filling. Fold in overhanging edges leaving enough edge to press onto the rim of the dish. Make 3 or 4 slits in the middle of the pastry for steam to escape. To help browning, lightly brush pastry with egg. Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until pastry is golden brown and filling bubbly. This will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let sit 10 minutes to give sauce a chance to thicken before serving.

Nutrition Info

  • Amount
  • Calories 479
  • Protein 27 g
  • Fat 27 g
  • Saturated Fat 16 g
  • Carbohydrate 34 g
  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sugar 8 g
  • Cholesterol 83 mg
  • Sodium 380 mg
  • % Daily Value
  • Potassium 19
  • Calcium 11
  • Iron 36
  • Vitamin A 81
  • Vitamin C 22
  • Vitamin B6 32
  • Vitamin B12 17
  • Folate 25
  • Magnesium 29
  • Zinc 24

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