KN, p. 275 “Chicken Pot Pie”

Chicken Pot Pie is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. If a restaurant has it on the menu, no matter what time of year, I order it, with one qualification – I’m fairly picky about the type of crust. It has to be a solid pie crust, no puff pastry desired. I also enjoy a double crust, but I have been known to eat the pot pie that only comes with a top crust at a local pub. That’s because the filling is soooooo good and that top crust is perfect. The cook makes two dozen on Wednesdays, and I get there early if my taste buds hanker his masterpiece. Which is often.


As a recent birthday present, Sheila came up with this version to surprise me. It tastes suspiciously like the original, so she must have persuaded him to give up the recipe. But, I didn’t hear any reports of bodies at the pub, so it’s all good.

Use “Pie Crusts for Double Crust Meat Pies” recipe here.

 

Chicken Pot Pie

Sheila Kerrian
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups diced onion
  • 2/3 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth, reduced sodium
  • 3/4 cup half & half
  • 1 cup diced small red potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 cups cooked (shredded or half-inch chopped) chicken
  • 3/4 cup early young peas, drained

Instructions
 

  • Assemble all ingredients, including pie crusts.
  • Melt butter in 12” skillet.
  • Add onion, carrots, celery, and salt to the skillet. Cover and cook 6 minutes on medium until veggies are soft, not browned.
  • Remove from heat and add flour a Tablespoon at a time, and mix until veggies are thoroughly coated.
  • Return to heat and stir in chicken broth, then half & half, and bring to boil on medium high heat – about 3-4minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Mix in diced potatoes, pepper, and thyme, cover and turn down heat to medium low.
  • Simmer until potatoes are tender,about 8-10 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat.
  • Add chicken and mix thoroughly, then add drained peas and stir again.
  • Preheat oven to 450.
  • Place one crust in deep 9” pie pan.
  • Place all the chicken mixture into the pie pan, then cover with the second crust.
  • Crimp the edges of the top and bottom crusts together to seal in the mixture.
  • Brush the top with an egg yolk wash.
  • Prick the top crust with a fork several times to allow steam to release.
  • Place pie on sided aluminum cookie tray and set on rack in bottom third of the oven.
  • Bake at 450 for 18 minutes, then rotate cookie tray. Lower heat to 375.
  • Bake at 375 for an additional 15 minutes, until crust is golden brown.
  • Note: if crust edges are browning too quickly, cover the edges with pie shields, or strips of aluminum foil.
  • Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes, for easier slicing. Serve while still warm.

Notes

 
Enjoy!

 

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