Many of us grew up eating the pot pies that you can find in your grocery store’s freezer section, but making your own pot pie is certainly worth the extra effort. As with any food, making it yourself is usually healthier and tastes better. We had a delicious chicken pot pie when we were in Strasbourg and it was rustic and simple. Obviously you can make pot pies with turkey or beef as well, but chicken works out really well. It is a perfect way to use leftovers this holiday season in a way that doesn’t really feel like a leftover. We happen to have a mini-pie maker, which helps, but you don’t have to have one in order to make your own pot pies. You can buy premade pie crusts that are personal size in tin trays and just top with store-bought pie crust. The key to a really good pot pie is the stock that you use, so making a homemade stock is certainly worth the effort. Chicken pot pies are a perfect dinner for a cold winter evening.
- 2 cups Chicken Stock
- 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 2 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Egg – egg white only
- 1/2 cup Carrot – diced
- 1/2 cup Onion – diced
- 1/2 cup Celery – diced
- 1/2 cup Frozen Corn – off of the cob (or peas)
- 1 cup Russet Potatoes – parboiled and diced
- 1 cup Cooked Chicken – diced
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Dried Thyme
- 1 tsp Dried Rosemary
- 2 sheets Pie Crust (store-bought) – one package
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Be sure to cut the celery, carrots, and onion into equal sized pieces. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter along with the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the celery and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes and then finally add the onions and cook until they are translucent. Remove the vegetables from the pot, leaving any drippings. Add the remaining butter and heat until melted. Add the flour and whisk until it is slightly brown and nutty, do not over cook. Heat the stock in a microwave until hot and then add the stock to the roux, making sure to whisk frequently as pouring it into the pot. Add the garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper, and continue to heat until it reaches a slight boil. Reduce the heat to low and add the potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, corn, and chicken and cook until heated thoroughly and the stock has thickened. Spoon the mixture into the bottom sheet of pie crust (if using store bought pie pans, prick with a fork and partially cook in an oven before adding the mixture). The mixture should be about a quarter of an inch from the top of the crust. Cut the pie crust to fit the top of the pie and place over the mixture being sure to crimp the edges together with a fork or with your fingers. Brush with egg white and cook in the pie maker (or in the oven) for the directed amount of time, 12 to 15 minutes in our case. Let them rest a few minutes before serving.
4 thoughts on “Delicious Chicken Pot Pies”
What a fantastic idea using the pie maker!
Wow! It looks very yummy 😋
A tradition at my grandmothers is a few days after thanksgiving she takes the leftover and makes a massive pot pie that begins yet another feast! 🙂 such a comfort food
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