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Chicken Vol-au-Vents

French for "windblown", a vol-au-vent is a small, hollow case of puff pastry, with the top cut out to allow for a filling. For Chicken Vol-au-vents, the filling is a concoction of cubed chicken cooked in a savory gravy. This is a very simple recipe that takes no longer than 30 minutes to prepare - start to yummy finish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Chula King


  • 1 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Madeira or sherry
  • 4 teaspoons Bisto (See Note 1)
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 puff pastry shells
  • Optional:  Chopped green onions for garnish.


  • Preheat oven to 425° F.
  • Combine chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, Madeira and Bisto in a bowl or measuring cup; mix well. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Sauté chicken 7 to 8 minutes over medium heat, or until all pink is gone. Add flour, salt and pepper; cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add chicken broth mixture slowly. Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook puff pastry shells according to package directions - around 20 minutes at 425° F - until puffed and golden brown.  During the last five minutes of cooking, remove the small top circle to allow for browning of the interior.
  • Divide chicken evenly among 4 pastry shells and serve immediately. Garnish with chopped green onions if desired. 
  • Yield: 4 servings.


  1. Bisto is a British meat-flavored gravy powder. If Bisto is unavailable, cornstarch can be substituted.


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 450mg | Potassium: 548mg | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2.1mg