Chicken and Ham Tangle Pie

Chicken and Ham Tangle Pie
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Serves: 5 (429 calories/portion)

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 30-35 minutes


  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 medium leek, trimmed and cut into thin slices
  • 100ml white wine
  • 150ml water
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1kg whole cooked chicken
  • 100g sliced smoked ham
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 300g half-fat crème fraiche
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • - - -
  • Pastry
  • 3 sheets filo pastry, each about 38 x 30cm
  • 1½–2½ tsp sunflower oil

Cooking Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a low heat and add the onion and crushed garlic. Fry gently for 5 minutes until the onion is softened, but not coloured, stirring occasionally. Add the leek and cook for 1 minute more, stirring constantly.
  2. Pour over the white wine and 100ml of the water. Dissolve the stock cube in the pan by squishing it with a wooden spoon. Keep simmering on a high heat and stir constantly until the liquid has reduced by about half, then remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Strip off the skin from the chicken and tear the meat off the bones and into bite-sized pieces. Place them in a large bowl. Cut the ham into strips about 1.5cm wide and add them to the bowl. Sprinkle the flour on top and toss lightly together.
  4. Add the onion and stock mixture, the rest of the water and the crème fraiche. Season with lots of freshly ground black pepper and stir all the ingredients together until just combined. Spoon into a 1.5-litre pie dish. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6.
  5. Pile the filo sheets on the work surface, one on top of the other, and divide into 9 rectangles, cutting through all the layers. Put the oil into a small bowl.
  6. One at a time, brush each pastry rectangle lightly with a little oil and very loosely scrunch it up. You’ll need to just dip the tip of the pastry brush in the oil to make sure the oil lasts for all the pastry. Place the scrunched-up filo on top of the filling, putting the pieces close together until the surface of the pie is completely covered.
  7. Bake the pie for 30–35 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Serve with some green vegetables – no need to add extra potatoes or rice.

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  • Tried this and it turned out really well and very tasty. I was more surprised that my cooking looked like it did in the book. It's a good one for doing again, it's good for the whole family. Give it a go it's got everything going for it - honest!

    • what kind of white wine did you use any time i use wine in cooking it doesnt taste right

      • I used weight watchers rose which did not compromise on taste. It was fab.

  • Going to have this for tea tonight! Cannot wait, sure it'll be just as delicious and healthy as all the rest! Also try the skinny beef and veg pies! Great hot or cold!

  • We had this tonight for tea and it was fantastic, everyone loved it and all that was left were the empty plates. This goes down as a family favourite. Thank you!

  • Made this last night and it was absolutely delicious! The whole family enjoyed it and my husband couldn't believe it was a "diet" recipe!

  • Well I didn't follow the recipe exactly as I was cooking for one, so I reduced the amounts (although I must say given I was aiming for one person and ended up with two portions the proper recipe must make a huge pie) I don't really like white wine so I substituted it with homemade ginger wine and I didn't have any filo pastry so I used shortcrust. The recipe is very tasty and yes doesn't taste like a diet recipe at all. Had it with some fresh salad.

    • I suspect that if you use Shortcrust pastry, then it would taste like a real pie! And you have probably doubled the calorie count.

      The pie is good though, and the sauce is nice and creamy. This can easily feed 4, even if you half the chicken volume.

  • Tried this dish and loved it, try the filling in the pizza pie case its brill!!

  • Made this laast week, and I must admit this so far is may fave! yum!

  • This was so easy to make - and i had a piece cold the next day - gorgeous!

  • Out of the entire book this is my favourite!
    My boyfriend was given the book and the ingredients and I had it when I got home from a long cold commute!

    Served with green beans and carrots it was a delicious and fantastic low fat alternative. I didn't feel like I was eating healthy at all!

    Top recipe! xx

  • This was the second recipe I cooked from The Hairy Dieters (what a fantastic book and only got it at the weekend) - calorie counted food that I can cook for me AND food that my husband will eat. It was really creamy and taste delicious. Not sure I did the pastry right as it didnt all crisp (and hubby didnt like that bit) - but it was LOVELY.... next

  • Made this tonight, didn't use wine and forgot the pepper but it still tasted gorgeous. I don't know about it being part of a diet though as I ate tons of it.

  • this was is the fist dis i cooked from the book wow yum yum cannot beleive this is a diet pie he pie serves 4 quiet and large portions to i served it with fresh peas and carrots. can't wait to try more recipe's

  • Wonderful recipe. Made it quite a few times and everyone loves it

  • First thing i've made from the book and wow .... what a hit! Thank you .

  • Even my extremely food fussy teenage daughter loves this... and it's so easy to make. An all round winner in our house.

  • Made this many times, excellent recipe.

    Tried one variation, replace the chicken with close cap and chestnut mushrooms (put in uncooked just rinsed), replace the ham with rough chopped red onion (this can be cooked with the other onion but will still have a crunch if cut a lot bigger) .

    I also blanched some broccoli and asparagus then whilst putting the filling in the dish placed them inside not coating them in the sauce, added some nice crunch and colour as well

  • cooked this and it was fab, did too much though, struggled a bit trimming the recipe down for 2 people so 2 portions in freezer...

  • I forgot the creme fraiche so used Philadelphia Light instead. YUM!

  • I was hoping to find the recipe that was the telly tonight only 300 cal. ( mince beef pie )

  • Why has this only got 3 stars? Looks great, got to try it, and all the comments said it is delicious, so surely should be 5 star?

  • Delicious meal, very substantial and yet not stodgy. Serve with lots of vegetables and it makes a very fine meal. Certainly doesn't feel like diet food

  • That was the most amazing pie, so few ingredients, so much flavour.
    Thanks Si and Dave x

  • Made this tonight will make it again it was yummy.

  • made this last night, so YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!! going to be made again and again!

  • This is a brilliant recipe. It is so simple, so tasty and so slimming for the portion you get!

    I have to confess to being a little bit in love with Si & Dave for creating all these gorgeous guilt free recipes!!

  • I've made this twice now, and with some fresh vegetables on the side it serves six well. It's amazingly good.

  • This is on the menu for one night this week...looking forward to it

  • Tasty, easy, no odd or hard to get ingredients, and extra in the freezer. A winner!

  • I think you guys are legends, hope to see you around West Sussex some day!

  • Reduce the calories even further by using low calorie wine, it's just as tasty.

  • this is so good

  • so good

  • Try adding sliced mushrooms yum

  • I have tried this and it is a favourite of the families.

  • 1st recipe I made from the book..... All I can say is WOW, its so tasty I made it again the next night. This will be a household favourite from now on.

  • Reduce the calories even more by using free-range chicken and pork. Standard (red tractor) chicken contains approx twice as much fat as free-range/organic.

    • I use only organic or free range anyway but did not think about the calories - thanks - and think I need to try this recipe

  • Absolutely fab!! Next time will use milk instead of oil on the pastry but that would be the only change.

  • This is my absolute favourite out of all the recipes! It feels so naughty, it's hard to believe it has so little calories! We have made this time and time again and I just can't get enough of it!

  • I had never made a pie of any description before, so this was an easy starter, cos I did not have to make pastry.
    It was completely delicious !

  • This is so nice and a great recipe for the family! I am cooking it for the second time this evening, cant wait! A***

  • Beautiful!! Cooked for the family and everyone loved it. hard to believe its a diet receipe!!

  • I love this pie. I make extra filling and freeze it then next time, all I have to do is add the pastry and put it in the oven.

  • Very very tasty! Thank you hairy dieters. I've tried several of your recipes and every one is a family winner. My fella and I are on weight watchers and so this book is a must, my cooking is transformed! Did the flan at weekend - delicous!

  • This is the first recipe I have ever followed in my life and it turned out wonderful. I swapped the leek for mushrooms and used 500g of cooked chicken breast instead of whole chicken. This will be on the menu again very soon!!

  • One of the nicest chicken pies I have ever made! Will make it again. I might make the filling the day ahead because the left overs the next day were even tastier so leaving it must improve it's flavor!!

  • This is a lovely chicken pie, had to change a couple of things, smoked bacon (fat trimmed) instead of smoked ham and short crust instead of filo pastry as i couldn't get them in my local supermarket. I have also made the golden vegetable soup (this is also nice made with sweet potato instead of butternut squash), the roasted cod with parma ham and peppers is amazing and the spanish-style chicken bake also very tasty. i am definitely going to cook my way through this book, dieting or not everyone should have this book!!! (hairy bikers moussaka is also a must to try, fabulous)

  • This was the first recipe that my wife cooked, which with steam veg was delicious. Well done boys!

  • This was one of many of the 'Hairy Dieters' dishes I have tried, absolutely delicious! I would highly recommend trying it, you won't be disappointed!

  • 5 star! Best chicken pie recipe I've ever tried. We had it without the pastry as I couldn't get a hold of filo, added sweet corn and peas instead, and it was delish. Husband and I both loved it.

  • This has to be the best recipe in the book. It has become a family favourite. My son has just gone off to Uni and has introduced his flat mates to this dish :)

  • Love this recipe and kids love it too. Very easy to make. I leave out the leek as not too keen and if I don't have pastry I serve with boiled rice - delish

  • Made this pie half heartedly and only because my husband chose it. However, it is absolutely delicious. Followed the recipe to the letter and the flavours are wonderful. Another winner from the Diet Book!

  • Great recipe,tasty filling and we all really enjoyed it. It deserves 5 stars as does the Korma. Brill.

  • It should have 5 stars it's delicious hot or cold, and easy with low fat creme freshe

  • Soooooo good! Have added other veg such as mushrooms and peas always comes out really good. Filling in a meal as itself don't need any extra veg. Brilliant.

  • mmmmmmm i love this tangly tangle of ham. it were so tangly i got tangled up in the kitchen whilst cooking, i fed some to my goldfish and he enjoyed it, it were bloody lovely #tangly

  • This is a firm fave in our house, I don't add the wine just the equivalent of water n stock, still lush

  • So easy and so so filling ,loved by all the family and fed 3 hungry teenagers and 2 adults with a bit left over,

  • I've just borrowed the Hairy Bikers books from my daughter and this was the first recipe we tried. Absolutely delicious and very filling.

  • I am working my way through the Hairy Bikers diet books and every recipe we have tried so far has been fab, tasty and not like diet food at all. My husband has lost 12 lbs and we've only been doing this for 2 weeks. Fab,fab, fab

  • I made the whole thing but split it up.

    I used a silicone muffin tray and filled each round with filling. I too didn't have any shortcrust pastry so I topped them off with a circle of puff pastry and froze. They work very well as I just pop the frozen pie backinto the muffin tray and bake them off.

    They work well cold for lunch.

    • I didn't have any chicken, ham or wine so I just had a pot noodle ;)

  • Made this today, halfed the ingredients and added mushrooms and bacon instead of ham. Lovely filling comfort food with plenty of leftovers. :)

  • Hi I have made this pie and it was lovely but ended up making too much was wondering if it is ok to freeze to have another day

  • My friend made this dish for my son and myself and it is delicious!!! Making it for my son and friends tonight!

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