Creamy chicken vol-au-vent

Creamy chicken vol-au-vent: Delicious, savoury bites. Image: Msi Muzi Mathebula

Creamy chicken vol-au-vent: Piquant and savoury pastries

Fill a platter with these creamy chicken vol-au-vent bites. They are so indulgent that you may be tempted to keep them all for yourself.

Creamy chicken vol-au-vent

Creamy chicken vol-au-vent: Delicious, savoury bites. Image: Msi Muzi Mathebula

Are you having a function or get-together coming up? Prepare this creamy chicken vol-au-vent recipe. It is a delicate pastry with a mouth-watering chicken filling.

Wondering what is the meaning of “vol-au-vent”? It is French for a baked puff pastry batter. It translates to “windblown”. This describes the feather lightness of the pastry. The combination of this delicate pastry with a delicious chicken and bacon filling is very appetising. One bite and you will be tempted to enjoy a second chicken vol-au-vent.

Preparing these dainty snacks will take less than an hour of your time if you are used to preparing pastry snacks. If it is your first time trying out this pastry recipe, it may take a little bit longer. However, the result is worth every minute you spend on it. And thereafter, you will have a “go-to” pastry recipe.

These chicken vol-au-vent snacks are perfect for filling a platter. Serve this savoury platter at home when you have guests over or take it with you to a gathering. And don’t be surprised if your platter is empty first. Let us know in the comments of this recipe if you plan to prepare this recipe.

Creamy chicken vol-au-vent recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Msi Muzi Mathebula Course: SnacksCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 6 strips bacon

  • 2 medium leeks (white parts only), sliced

  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, diced

  • 1 cup shredded chicken

  • 80 g cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 handful minced fresh parsley

  • additional ground pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • On a lightly floured surface, unfold 1 puff pastry sheet. Using a 3¼ inch round cutter, cut out 6 circles. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Unfold the remaining pastry sheet. Cut 6 more circles out with the 3¼ inch round cutter; with a 2½ inch cutter. Cut centers out of the circles.
  • Place the rings on top of the circles that are on the baking sheet. Place the centre circles also on the baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg and water and brush over pastries. Chill 15 minutes.
  • Bake until dark golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 1 tablespoon drippings. Add leeks and pepper to drippings; cook and stir over medium-high heat until tender, 5-7 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in bacon, chicken, cream cheese, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until blended and remove from heat.
  • When cool enough to handle, hollow out the pastries with a small knife. Fill with the chicken mixture.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and pepper. Serve with small centre pastries on the side.


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