When you're in the mood for comfort food, nothing beats a warm, savory chicken pot pie.It's Monday so that means its comfort food night!! We say its comfort food night for a couple reasons, first reason is everyone goes back to their weekly routines. It's back to school, its back to work often Monday's can be a bummer day because the weekend is over!! It makes it really nice to come home to something warm and delicious and nothing gives a hug like comfort food!! Second reason is we like to have a family night once a week and this goes nicely with our family night theme. To me the best thing about any pie is the crust!!!! This crust is flaky with buttery rich flavor too!! You can do this dish ahead of time.. make the filling and the pastry ahead of time, assemble and make before dinner! XOXO
CHICKEN POT PIE
6 to 8 servings
- PASTRY for a double-crust pie:
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup 1/2 stick chilled butter, cut in small pieces
- 4 to 6 tablespoons ice-cold water
- 2 small bone-in chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
- 3 Yukon gold or russet potatoes (about 1 pound, diced)
- 2 carrots (sliced crosswise)
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cold water (or broth)
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- To make the pie crust, stir the flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the shortening and butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles with a fork to moisten all the dough. Gather the dough into a ball with your hands. Divide the dough in half. Roll out one half on a lightly floured surface and fit it into a 9-inch pie dish (deep-dish is ideal). Roll out the other half and set aside.
- Put the chicken breasts in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat, cover, and summer until tender, about 18 minutes. Remove the chicken to a cutter board or plate.
- Add the potatoes and carrots to the hot broth and return to boiling. Decrease the heat, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, tear or cut the chicken off the bones into bite-size pieces, discarding skin, fat and gristle. Remove the vegetables from the simmering broth with a slotted spoon and set aside with the chicken pieces.
- Measure the broth and add water, if necessary, to make 2 1/2 cups. Return to pan and simmer, stirring in the bouillon and the salt.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Stir the flour into the cold water in a small bowl or measuring cup. Stir into the broth and increase the heat to medium. Stir constantly until the broth thickens.
- Add the chicken to the broth along with the potatoes, carrots and peas. Stir to combine. Pour the filling into the pastry-lined pie dish. Cover with the top crust, seal and flute the edges, and cut a slit in the tip for the stream to escape. Bake 40 minutes, or until the crust is light brown. serve immediately.