Chicken Pot Pie

Baked Chicken Pot Pie
Baked Chicken Pot Pie

Cooking for a large family can be difficult at best.    Making a meal that is hearty, healthy and satisfying that appeals to all can be nearly impossible.  That is why finding a perfect casserole recipe or large pot meal that everyone loves can be invaluable.

Hearty and Delicious

Chicken Pot Pie is one of those meals.  I am not talking about a 9″ round pie here, but rather, a large 9″ x 11″ casserole dish sized pie.  Enough to easily serve 8 for dinner or maybe for a potluck meal to take to work.  Who can say no to that flakey homemade pie crust?

I like to make this pie with fresh vegetables, not frozen. In a pinch, frozen veggies can easily be substituted in to save time but please don’t opt for frozen roll out pie crust. Besides, homemade pie crust really doesn’t take that long to make and it always tastes so amazing!  If you have difficulty rolling out pie crust,  I have a few foolproof tips that make rolling out pie dough a piece of cake. Try these tips How to Make a Perfect Pie Crust.

Many chicken pot pies recipes call for cream.  I prefer to leave the cream out and opting for the healthier option by using chicken stock thickened by a small amount of flour for a creamy texture without the added fat. Try this “stick to your ribs” meal and you and your family will not be disappointed!

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Chicken pot pie

 2 cups cooked chicken
 2 cups cooked potatoes diced
 1 cup chopped celery
 1 cup chopped onion
 cut and blanched green beans
 1 cup cooked diced carrots
 1 cup green peas ( canned or frozen)
 ¼ cup flour
 3 cups chicken stock
 ¼ cup butter
 1 tsp dried thyme
 1 tsp salt
 ¼ tsp black pepper
Pastry Crust
 2 cups all purpose flour
 1 tsp salt
 ¾ cup chilled shortening
 10 tbsp ice water

1

Start by making the pastry dough. Mix flour, salt and shortening in mixer.

Mixing flour, salt , and shortening

2

Using a pastry hook or mixer blend on lowest speed until you have a coarse mixture.

3

Add in ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, allowing all water to be incorporated into flour. Scraping the sides of mixing bowl so that all the flour gets mixed in.

4

Keep mixing on low sped until the dough starts to pull away off the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Dough should feel soft, smooth and tacky but not sticky.

Dough forming

5

Roll dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

wrap dough in plastic

The Pie Filling
6

Melt butter in a large skillet and add onion , celery and thyme and saute until onion is translucent.

Melt butter sauté onion and celery

7

Add flour. Flour will stick to onions and celery and will become very thick.

Add flour

8

Add chicken stock and simmer until bubbly.

Add chicken stock

9

Add remaining ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste.

Add remaining ingredients

10

Place filling in large casserole dish

Fill casserole dish

11

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit

12

Remove pastry from refrigerator, unwrap from plastic and place on a floured surface.

Place dough on floured surface

13

Dust your rolling pin with flour, and begin to roll out dough into a rectangle. Make large enough to fit over entire casserole dish.
( You may want to fold edges in to get the perfect rectangular shape).

Rolling out dough

14

To transfer crust, fold in half and then carefully place onto half of the casserole over filling and then unfold other half over remaining filling.

Fold dough in half

15

Place dough over filling

16

Carefully presses all edges with a large tined fork.

Pressing edges with a fork

17

Chicken pot pie

18

Using a sharp knife, cut into the pastry making small slits to allow air out while baking. ( I like to make a chicken design into the pastry, although most times, it does't resemble a chicken at all).

Cut dough with knife

19

For and extra special touch. Beat 1 egg white until foamy and brush on over entire pastry.

Egg white over crust

20

Bake for 40 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Baked Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients

 2 cups cooked chicken
 2 cups cooked potatoes diced
 1 cup chopped celery
 1 cup chopped onion
 cut and blanched green beans
 1 cup cooked diced carrots
 1 cup green peas ( canned or frozen)
 ¼ cup flour
 3 cups chicken stock
 ¼ cup butter
 1 tsp dried thyme
 1 tsp salt
 ¼ tsp black pepper
Pastry Crust
 2 cups all purpose flour
 1 tsp salt
 ¾ cup chilled shortening
 10 tbsp ice water

Directions

1

Start by making the pastry dough. Mix flour, salt and shortening in mixer.

Mixing flour, salt , and shortening

2

Using a pastry hook or mixer blend on lowest speed until you have a coarse mixture.

3

Add in ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, allowing all water to be incorporated into flour. Scraping the sides of mixing bowl so that all the flour gets mixed in.

4

Keep mixing on low sped until the dough starts to pull away off the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Dough should feel soft, smooth and tacky but not sticky.

Dough forming

5

Roll dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

wrap dough in plastic

The Pie Filling
6

Melt butter in a large skillet and add onion , celery and thyme and saute until onion is translucent.

Melt butter sauté onion and celery

7

Add flour. Flour will stick to onions and celery and will become very thick.

Add flour

8

Add chicken stock and simmer until bubbly.

Add chicken stock

9

Add remaining ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste.

Add remaining ingredients

10

Place filling in large casserole dish

Fill casserole dish

11

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit

12

Remove pastry from refrigerator, unwrap from plastic and place on a floured surface.

Place dough on floured surface

13

Dust your rolling pin with flour, and begin to roll out dough into a rectangle. Make large enough to fit over entire casserole dish.
( You may want to fold edges in to get the perfect rectangular shape).

Rolling out dough

14

To transfer crust, fold in half and then carefully place onto half of the casserole over filling and then unfold other half over remaining filling.

Fold dough in half

15

Place dough over filling

16

Carefully presses all edges with a large tined fork.

Pressing edges with a fork

17

Chicken pot pie

18

Using a sharp knife, cut into the pastry making small slits to allow air out while baking. ( I like to make a chicken design into the pastry, although most times, it does't resemble a chicken at all).

Cut dough with knife

19

For and extra special touch. Beat 1 egg white until foamy and brush on over entire pastry.

Egg white over crust

20

Bake for 40 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Baked Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie
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