Chicken Pot Pie

CLASSIC!  Since the advent of Balsamic Glazed Chicken in our kitchen, Chicken Pot Pie makes regular appearances on our table.  The carcass of the chicken lends itself to homemade broth, and the leftover meat and vegetables are perfect fillers.  It’s too delicious and frugal to pass up.

I recently made and froze two of these on Cooking Day from this one-pie recipe.  The aluminum pans you can buy at the market are smaller than a typical Pyrex pie dish, so it worked out really well. 

Thank you to Beth, the friend who made this recipe when I babysat her children 15 years ago.  I never forgot the taste and my tastebuds were restless until I found her recipe.  And thank you, Mom, for your awesome pie crust coaching and the easy-to-follow recipe. 

Chicken Pot Pie (crust recipe included) (makes 4-6 single servings)

Ingredients

1/2 C chopped onion (I just use one whole smallish onion)

6 TBS margarine

1/2 C flour

1 tsp salt

3 C chicken broth

3 C cubed chicken

10 oz package frozen peas + carrots, cooked and drained (I’ve put them in frozen and it was fine, and have also used leftover veggies)

optional: leftover potatoes, corn, freshly chopped celery, etc (just keep the amount of filler somewhere around 3-4 C so you don’t have an overflow of chicken lava)

Method

Preheat the oven to 400°F.  If you’re concerned about the aforementioned overflowing chicken lava, place a cookie sheet or baking stone on a rack below the middle, where your pie will be.

Food prep: Chop your onion.  Cube your leftover or precooked chicken.

Assemble the veggies you plan to use – leftover, frozen, or fresh.  So flexible.

I’m not sure if potatoes are a typical filler for this, but we love it.  If I’m making mashed potatoes to go with the Balsamic Glazed Chicken, I’ll reserve some before they get mashed and pop them in the fridge for the next day’s pie.

Cook the onion in the margarine until tender, not brown.  Blend in flour and salt.  Add all the broth.  Cook, stirring until it’s thick and bubbly.

Add the remaining ingredients.  Heat through until it’s bubbly again. 

Cool (while the filling cools, make the pie crust – and here you go).

Mom’s Pie Crust (1st amount written is for an 8-9″ 2-crust pie; amount in brackets is for the top and bottom of a 12″ pie)

Ingredients

2 C [3 C] all-purpose flour

1 tsp [ 1 1/2 tsp] salt

2/3 C + 2 TBS [1 C + 3 TBS] shortening

6 TBS [9 TBS] cold water

Method

Measure the flour and salt into a bowl and stir together.  Cut in shortening thoroughly with a pastry cutter.  Add water – 4 TBS [6-7 TBS] at first, then one at a time until the dough can be gathered into a ball.  Divide it in half. 

Roll each section between two pieces of LIGHTLY floured waxed or parchment paper.  Peel off the top paper of one.  Gently flip the bottom crust into the pie plate.

Remove the piece of waxed/parchment paper.  Trim the edges all the way around, about 1/2″ from the pie plate.  Hopefully yours will be a little more even to start than mine was. 

Chicken Pot Pie Method continued

Pour the filling into the pie dish, and cover it with the second half of the pie crust.  Do this by again removing one piece of parchment paper, and flipping the pastry over onto the pie.  Gently remove the other piece of paper, and trim the pastry so that there’s about 1/2″ hanging over the edge.

You may eat the extra pie crust at will.  Or share it, if you’re a better person than I.

Gently pinch the edges of the top and bottom crusts together, and roll them under, securing them to the pie plate with a gentle downward push.  Create a wavy edge by pinching the dough with your thumb and first finger on one hand, and pushing between them lightly with the first finger on your other hand.

Cut a few slits in the top of the pie crust.  Jon’s Mom has a very cool trick that uses up the extra pie crust (which isn’t a bad idea for me, instead of eating the shortening-rich stuff).  Roll out the extra, and use a sharp knife to cut out triangles.  Lay these on top of the pie in any design you like.

Bake the pie at 400°F for 45 minutes. 

Result

The crust should be slightly brown at the edges and the filling should be bubbling over.

Enjoy with a salad, bread, and milk – or however you like!

Note

I made this once in a cast iron skillet, just cuz I gotta… at least once.  I had TONS of filling and didn’t think it would fit in a regular pie dish.  I was right.  To save time, I adjusted the pie crust measurements to suit my large skillet, and only put a crust on the top.  It tasted just as good, and was faster. 

There was a lot of overflow onto the crust, but I think that’s because it wasn’t secured to a bottom layer.  If you’re crunched for time, this is an easy way to shave off a step or two.  One-dish chicken pot pie is not a bad deal!

For a picture-free, easy-to-read version of this recipe, please click on the following link:

https://thefullvine.wordpress.com/chicken-pot-pie/

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6 thoughts on “Chicken Pot Pie

  1. I am so excited about this recipe! I have been on the hunt for a good chicken pot pie recipe. This is Fitz’ favorite dish! I can’t wait to try it out.

    Just to let you know, the brown rice and lentil dish was a hit!

  2. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve been wanting to make chicken pot pie and your
    mother makes the best pie crust this side of Kent County. Will let you know
    how it comes out.

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