Fall ….. it just makes me want to bake, and roast, and toast. This chicken pot pie recipe is a staple around here. You can make it as easy as “pie” by purchasing pre-made pastry shells or make your own – either way, this pie is flaky, tender and bursting with bites of chicken and vegetable goodness. Serve with a tossed salad and dinner is ready.
Preheat oven to 400
- 2 pastry shells
- 2 cups cooked chicken (use leftovers or a rotisserie chicken for simplicity)
- olive oil
- 1 small onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups chicken stock
- diced vegetables – your choice and about 2 cups worth of:
- sweet peppers
- peas (not in my house, neither of us like cooked peas)
- green beans
- a generous handful of herbs, I like thyme, basil, oregano and parsley
- salt and pepper
Brush one pie shell with beaten egg white, sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes, just until starting to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
In saucepan heat olive oil, then stir in onion. Stir until just translucent and add in the garlic clove. If celery is one of your chosen vegetables, add it now too. Allow to saute for a few minutes until just starting to become tender. Add the flour and create a thick paste, letting the flour cook for a minute in order to remove that “floury” taste. Gradually stir in the chicken stock, just a bit at a time until it is all incorporated and your sauce is starting to thicken. Stir in the rest of your vegetables, taste and season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
Pour the chicken & vegetable mixture into the prebaked pie shell, and cover with the 2nd pastry shell. If you’ve purchased pre made pastry, just squish and squiggle it around a bit and play with the edges, nobody will ever know you didn’t make it!
TIP: If you are vegetarian, or just feel like a vegetarian meal, this is so easy to do! Just omit the chicken and use a LOT more veg. Instead of chicken stock use a vegetable stock. Your results will be ever so delicious …. you’re welcome!
Sprinkle the top with a bit more salt and pepper, some Italian herbs and either paprika or a bit of dried roasted red pepper. (yes, we do our own dried seasonings with the surplus of vegetables in the field)
Put the whole pie in the oven (I’ve learned to have a foil dripping sheet below it…..) and cook for 15 minutes at 400, then lower the oven to 350 and cook for about 40-50 minutes, until you see the sauce bubbling out the side and the pie looks golden brown.
If your pie is looking golden brown, but not yet bubbling out the sides, loosely lay a sheet of tin foil over the pie until you see that bubbling action.
Make sure you let it sit for 15-20 minutes after it comes out of the oven, that allows it to set a bit. Not that it tastes any less wonderful if it is running all over your plate ……..