Classic and Delicious Chicken Pot Pies


Alright, I hate to do this again, but it’s by special request that I post this recipe, even though I wasn’t able to get a great pic of the final product. If you really, really need to know what pot pie looks like, feel free to check out the original recipe on Ezra Pound Cake’s blog. I promise to update next time we enjoy, so that I can include the picture, but please make it without one, and soon. This is everything you want pot pie to be, and more. The epitome of comfort in a bowl topped with a flakey and savory pastry. The pastry recipe makes a large batch, so if you’re planning on freezing the filling, only make half the topping, and then make a fresh batch when you’re enjoying the leftovers.

Here’s a picture from some leftovers:


Ingredients:

Filling:

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 to 3 large, bone-in, baked Chicken Breasts
  • 4 cups frozen vegetables such as peas, cut green beans, diced carrots, and/or corn

Sauce:

  • 5 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 cup 1% Milk
  • Dash of hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper

Crust:

  • ¾ cup, 1 ½ sticks, Unsalted Butter
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 ounces chilled cream cheese
  • ¾ to 1 cup Ice Water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 large egg

Directions:

Filling:

  1. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan set over medium heat. Add the onion and potato; sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, bell pepper, and mushrooms and sauté about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the crushed red pepper and add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. While the vegetables are sautéing, skin the chicken, pull the meat off the bones, and shred the meat or cut into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
  3. Stir the frozen vegetables and chicken into the vegetable mixture. Set the filling aside.

Sauce:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the chicken stock and cook the sauce over medium heat until it thickens to the consistency of a cream soup. Add the milk, hot pepper sauce, and salt and white pepper to taste.
  2. Pour the cream sauce over the chicken filling and stir to combine.
  3. Fill individual 1 ¼ cup capacity oven-safe bowls three-quarters of the way to the top, or a large casserole dish, with the creamed chicken filling.

Crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Cut the butter into 16 pieces. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse the butter and flour until crumbly. Add the cream cheese, salt, and white pepper. Add water about 2 Tbsp at a time while continuously pulsing just until the dough forms a ball.
  3. Set the dough on a flat surface dusted with flour. Use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness.
    1. If making individual pot pies, measure the diameter of the pot pie bowls and cut out dough rounds that are 1 ½ inches larger in diameter. Whisk the egg in a small bowl. Lay the dough rounds on top of the pot pies, making sure the dough hangs evenly over each bowl.
    2. For a casserole: Either cover the entire dish with one large sheet of dough, or place the dough on a separate cookie sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper. Cut into desired shapes, you could get creative and seasonal here, and bake. Once they’re done, you can spoon the filling into individual plates or bowls, and then top with the crusts.
  4. Brush the dough lightly with the beaten egg.
  5. Bake the pies for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Serve immediately.

 

Servings – 12

WW Points – 9 pts per serving

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