Boil the chicken in plenty of water (almost covering the bird) and add half a teaspoon of black pepper corns, 2 bay leafs, 3-4 thyme sprigs, one onion (halved), a celery stick and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Strain the 425 ml of the liquid and let the chicken cool off.
When you can handle the chicken, strip the meat of the bones. When you find the wishbone, make a wish (well, whoever gets the 'long half').
Layer the pie dish with pieces of chicken and halved hard boiled eggs (optional). At this point you'll need to get your pie birds in place. Due to a mix up when ordering the pie birds online I ended up with two identical birds.
Prepare the leek filling. Slice 2 leeks in fine rings.
Fry the leek in butter in a sauté pan for a couple of minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of flower. Cook for 1 minute.
Pour in the chicken stock a third at a time. Make sure the sauce is thick before you add more stock.
Stir in 2 tablespoons mustard, 4 tablespoons crème fraîche, 4 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon. Add black pepper and salt according to taste.
Spoon over the chicken and let cool. Preheat the oven to 220 Celsius.
Now it's time to add the pie pastry. This is the tricky part. I made a mistake of half-reading a pastry recipe I found online and added sugar to the pastry. You'll definitely need pastry without sugar!
I should have read my own blog:
"Crumble 140 gram cold butter in 250 gram plain flower and a pinch of salt. Kneed the flower and butter until it crumbles. Add one egg yolk whisked together with 3 tablespoons water. Kneed until you have a firm ball. Cool in the fridge for at least one hour."
It's even more tricky to unroll the pastry over the pie dish. After a few tries and added 'cat shapes' our pie looked like this:
Brush the pastry with beaten egg and chill the pie for 15 minutes. Then bake for 30 - 35 minutes until they pastry is crisp.
If I had pulled the long half of the wishbone I would have wished a bigger pie dish because it even tasted better the next day.