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Chicken Pot Pie Two Ways - Beginner & Expert

Chicken Pot Pie Two Ways - Beginner & Expert

The days are getting shorter, and I've noticed a cold nip in the air. While it's not yet time to bring out my boot collection, it is time to start making delicious comfort foods. Chicken pot pie, with its creamy filling and flaky crust, is one of my all time fall favorites. It's classic, retro, and soothing-to-the-soul. As tempting as it is to pop a frozen pot pie in the oven, why not take a few extra minutes to make your own homemade version? I've found two tasty recipes: one that comes together easily, and another that is much more challenging. Choose the one that best suits your needs and skills as a cook.

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Beginner Chicken Pot Pie
Modified from Everyday Food magazine
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3 cups cooked rotisserie chicken, shredded into chunks
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 carrots, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups low-fat (1%) milk
1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 phyllo sheets (each 12 by 17 inches), thawed

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add carrots, onion, and thyme; season with salt and pepper, and cook until carrots are crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  2. Gradually add milk, stirring until smooth. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a simmer and thickens.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in peas, lemon juice, and chicken, and season with salt and pepper. Pour filling into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.
  4. Stack phyllo on a work surface. Using a paring knife, cut out an 11-inch circle from the stack; discard trimmings.
  5. Stack 2 circles on work surface, and brush gently with 1 teaspoon oil; repeat with remaining circles and oil. Place phyllo stack over filling, and press down about 1/2 inch from the edge so phyllo fits inside rim of pie plate.
  6. Bake until golden and bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Let potpie cool 15 minutes before serving.

Serves 4.


Expert Chicken Pot Pie
From Tyler Florence
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Pastry:
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small chunks
3/4 cup ice water, plus more if needed
Chicken Broth:
1 (4 to 5 pound) free range whole chicken
3 carrots, cut in 2-inch pieces
3 celery stalks, cut in 2-inch pieces
1 onion, halved
1 head garlic, halved horizontally
2 turnips, halved
Bouquet garni: 4 fresh thyme sprigs, 2 fresh rosemary sprigs, 1 bay leaf - all tied together with kitchen string
Pot Pie:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 carrots, cut in 1/2-inch circles
1 cup pearl onions, peeled, about 3/4 pound
1 cup fresh sweet peas, about 1 pound
1 garlic clove, chopped
Leaves from 8 fresh thyme sprigs
Needles from 1 fresh rosemary sprig, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 egg mixed with 3 tablespoons of water, for egg wash
Coarse salt

  1. To make the pastry: combine the flour and salt in a very large mixing bowl. Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in the ice water and work it in to bind the dough until it holds together without being too wet or sticky. Squeeze a small amount together, if it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Wrap the large ball of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate while preparing the rest of the recipe (feel free to make the dough the night before if you prefer.)
  2. To make the chicken broth: put the chicken in a large stockpot and cover with 3 quarts of cool water. Add the vegetables and herbs and bring it up to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour; skimming frequently as the oil rises to the surface. What we're doing here is not only cooking the chicken but also creating the base sauce for the pot pie. It's the old trick of killing two birds with one stone -- or one pot as the case may be. Remove the chicken to a platter to cool.
  3. When it's cool enough to handle shred the chicken meat, discarding the skin and bones, and set aside.
  4. Using a colander, strain the chicken broth into another pot and discard the solids; you should have about 2 quarts when you're done.
  5. To make the pot pie filling: wipe out the stockpot and put it back on the stovetop over medium-low heat. Melt the butter and just as the foam subsides, add the flour, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or whisk to prevent lumps. This is a roux, which will act as a thickener. Cook and stir the roux until it's the color of a California blonde.
  6. Now, gradually pour in the reserved chicken broth, whisking the entire time to prevent lumps. Whisk and simmer for 10 minutes to cook out the starchy taste of the flour and thicken the broth; it should look like cream of chicken soup.
  7. Fold in the carrots, pearl onions, peas, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and lemon juice; stir to combine. Simmer for 10 minutes to soften the vegetables a bit; season the mixture with salt and pepper. Stir in the shredded chicken until incorporated, remove from the heat and cool to room temperature; it will get quite thick as it cools down.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  9. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and set it out on the counter for 5 minutes to warm up a bit, making it easier to roll out.
  10. Sprinkle the counter and a rolling pin lightly with flour. Roll the dough out into a big 14 by 20-inch rectangle. Carefully transfer the dough to a large rectangular pizza stone or standard sheet pan, leaving about 1 foot of the pastry hanging off 1 end.
  11. Spoon the cooled chicken filling on the pastry that is on the pizza stone, leaving a border around the sides. Lightly beat the egg with 3 tablespoons of water to make an egg wash and brush it on the dough border. Fold the "free" dough over the filling like a blanket and crimp the ends with a fork to form a tight seal; it should look like a big pillow.
  12. Brush the top of the giant chicken pie with the remaining egg wash, sprinkle with the coarse salt, and cut tiny slashes in the top so steam can escape.
  13. Place the chicken pie in the oven and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until puffed and golden. Let the chicken pie rest for 10 minutes before moving it.
  14. Run a spatula underneath the pot pie to loosen it from the pizza stone. Scoop out the chicken pie with a large serving spoon.

Serves 8-10.

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gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
:DROOL:
partysugar partysugar 8 years
georgesbebe: A pyrex casserole dish is perfect for making chicken pot pie. It's a rustic, old fashioned dish so no fancy schamancy pan is necessary!
kristinbuel kristinbuel 8 years
I made Martha's on Sunday and it was FABULOUS. I actually really liked the phyllo - nice and flaky and I didn't have to even have to roll anything out. Very simple. This will become a regular at our house.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I'll stick with my slow cooker recipe. Too easy!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
The one with phyllo sheets is pretty neat!
georgesbebe georgesbebe 8 years
Must one have a fancy schmancy dish to serve this in? Would a Pyrex casserole dish work, or should I go out and buy the tins?
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
that looks yummy!
MamaD MamaD 8 years
My chicken pot pie doesn't have a bottom crust. I combine cooked chicken, mixed veggies and cooked cubed potatoes. To that I add garlic, onion and a little margerine. I combine chicken stock and some Wondra flour and margerine. That makes a tasty "gravy" that I combine with the other ingredients. I mix together some Bisquick biscuits per the directions on the box and then cover the mixture in a pie pan. I bake it at 350 til the biscuits are golden brown. Sometimes I brush the biscuit top with a melted butter and garlic mixture just to be different. My family really enjoys this on a chilly night. By the way, I always use low fat, low sodium chicken stock or broth.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
So, scarrie, the phyllo didn't suffice? I always thought it would be good on this. I want to make a chicken pot pie, and thought about going the phyllo route. I liked somebody's idea of using the crescent rolls, I bet that would be good too.
scarrie scarrie 8 years
I just made the Martha stewart recipe last weekend. It was good, but definitely lacking in the crust factor, which is often one of the main reasons to make/eat pot pie. I suppose that was the point of the recipe though, to be "healther" with the use of phyllo instead. The filling was really good though. Next time I'm going to try a pie crust or a frozen puff pastry sheet.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
My grandmother passed down a recipe for chicken pot pie that is sort of in between these two- I cook the chicken, vegetables, and broth, but I use a Pillsbury Pie Crust. It's delicious and my bf begs me to make it all the time. Thanks for these! :)
tati33 tati33 8 years
yumm!! I just saw Paula Dean cook this on Food TV!
Emiily Emiily 8 years
I've made chicken pot pie before, it was really good.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 8 years
Chicken Pot Pie is my boyfriend's new favorite thing! I bet I could do better than Marie Callender! Thanks for this party! ps: I hope your birthday party goes well!!
wiciltd wiciltd 8 years
Those look really tasty I do my chicken pies differently.. I use this when I have left over chicken/potatoes/and even tho I don't eat veggies you can throw them in too.. I use a tube of cresent rolls and unroll them so that it's not triangles just rectangles.. then I layer the bottom with cream of chicken soup and put left over chicken and potatoes veggies and then more cream of chicken soup and then I add another rectangle of cresent roll and seal the edges and then bake for 25minutes It's super tasty.. and really quick
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