by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Chicken Pot Pie
I came back several times to dig for potatoes on Lora's blog, changing my mind about what I was going to make every time. At first I thought I'd make her Purple Cauliflower and Potato Gratin, but apparently this isn't the time for purple cauliflower in my markets, because there was none to be found. Sure, I could have made it with white cauliflower, but that wouldn't have been as fun.
Next, I had my heart set on making something that I haven't made in a few years—homemade gnocchi. But not just regular gnocchi, potato and butternut squash gnocchi! There was a butternut squash sitting on my table, potatoes in the potato bin (and by potato bin, I mean a makeshift box that I keep in a dark spot in the kitchen). I even dusted off my gnocchi paddle. And then I just didn't.
I do that...get bouts of laziness. Push tasks back. I once mentioned that it only took me 10 years to make my husband a loaf of chocolate bread. It's that kind of thing.
Easy Turkey Pot Pie recipe that I'd been wanting to make since she first posted it. It didn't have potatoes in it. Here's the thing, pot pie was one of my all-time favorite foods growing up...and the ones I ate did have potatoes in them. I remember, because aside from the flaky crust and the chunks of chicken or turkey, the potatoes were my favorite part. So, I figured that Lora wouldn't mind if I added some potatoes to it.
As I was grabbing the carrots and celery from the crisper, I noticed about half a bunch of kale hanging out. That went in the pot pie, too...along with a little garlic. Other than that, I didn't mess with a good thing.
Chicken Pot Pie
Tender chicken, potatoes, kale and veggies in a savory sauce tucked under a flaky, golden pie crust. Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food.
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Keywords: entree nut-free soy-free sugar-free chicken potatoes American
Ingredients (serves 6-8)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 small carrots, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- large handful kale leaves, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups cooked, diced chicken
- 1 med-large Yukon Gold potato, cooked until almost tender & cubed
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 heaping tablespoon fresh thyme
- sea salt
- ground white pepper
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 3 cups chicken broth or stock
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 unbaked pie crust, homemade or refrigerated
- 1 large egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water (egg wash)
Preheat the oven to 375° F. Have a 10" to 12" cast-iron or oven-safe skillet ready.
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat, then add the onion, carrots, celery, and kale. Cook until the vegetables start to turn tender and the onion turns translucent, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
Sprinkle the flour over the top and stir until it is all absorbed, cook for 2 minutes. Add the chicken, potatoes, and thyme; season with a good smattering of salt and pepper. Pour in the wine (if using) and let bubble for a minute, pour in the chicken broth; let the sauce come to a bubble and thicken up a bit, 2-3 minutes.
Stir in the cream and let it continue to bubble gently for 3 minutes. If sauce seems too thick, stir in a bit more broth to loosen it up. Taste again at this point, and adjust seasoning if needed—this is your last chance to do so. Pour everything into the reserved skillet.
Roll the pie crust out on a lightly floured surface and set it over the filling, tucking in the edges against the sides of the skillet. Cut a slit (or similar) in the top to vent the steam.
Carefully brush a thin layer of egg wash over the crust (discard extra). Set the skillet on a large baking sheet or over foil (to catch any bubble-ups) and slide into the preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the crust is a deep golden brown, and the filling is bubbling at the edges.
Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
If you don't have leftover cooked chicken and want to make this, start with about 1.25 pounds of uncooked, skinless, boneless chicken. Saute or poach it, then chop it up to use in recipe.
You can also substitute cooked turkey (great for Thanksgiving leftovers) and/or turkey broth.
Make a Curried Chicken (or turkey) Pot Pie by adding 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of good curry powder when you add the flour; omit the thyme.
I'm a lifelong mystery-lover, my favorite board game is CLUE, and I'm a believer than there's no better way to get to know somebody than through food—is there any doubt that I enjoy this event!?
Today is reveal day, and this month's theme is: POTATOES. Join me in reading about the food hunted down this month in the #bloggerCLUE member's kitchens!
- Bacon Wrapped Potatoes w/ Sriracha Sauce by Debra from Eliot's Eats
- Bacon-wrapped Smashed Redskin Puffs by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Balsamic Roasted Fingerling Potatoes by Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Basil Lime Gin Gimlet by Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Cheddar Scallion Potato Buns by Lora from Savoring Italy
- Chicken Pot Pie by Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
- Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup by Kim from Liv Life
- Chocolate, Coconut, Butterscotch and Oatmeal Cake Cookies by Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- Daisy's Noisette Potatoes by Janet from Cupcakes to Caviar
- Honey Dijon Roasted Potato Salad by Ramona from Curry and Comfort
- Irish Brown Bread by Kathy from Bakeaway with Me
- Irish Old Fashioned Cocktail by Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Okie Peasant Potato Soup by Christiane from Taking on Magazines
- Potato and Celery Root Puree by Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
- Potato and White Bean Soup with Sage by Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme
- Potato Rolls by Kelli from Kelli's Kitchen
- Potatoes O'Brien by Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
- Slow Cooker Beef and Guinness Pie by Anna from annaDishes
- Smoked Salmon Chowder by Jean from Lemons and Anchovies
- Tchertma (Zucchini and Eggs) by Kate from Kate's Kitchen
- Thin Crispy French Fries by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Michiana-based food writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.