Chicken Pot Pie, Deconstructed

Hearty chicken in a creamy filling with a puff pastry topping. On the side!

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There is something so comforting about chicken pot pie. I don’t know what it is, maybe the flaky golden crust, the creamy gravy and delicious chicken and tender veggies scream, “Eat on a cold winter’s evening!”

I have my eye on a few gorgeous soup bowl ramekins to make classic chicken pot pie in, but for now I make it in a pot and bake the crust separately. Why, you may ask? Because I find no reason to have a huge dish of chicken pot pie that you have to cut into and ruin that pretty puff pastry crust for leftovers. I simply cut the puff pastry into pieces and bake while the filling is simmering, and everything will be done at the same time while having beautifully crisp pastry to top a bowlful of piping hot chicken pot pie.

 

Hence the ‘deconstructed’ part of the pot pie. At least until I can get some oven-safe soup bowls that are photo-shoot ready…

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I buy puff pastry from the store and while you can make it on your own, I find buying it to be much simpler and faster, and just as delicious. Just follow the directions on the packaging
Another quick tip, I love to use leftover chicken. Just shred those roasted chicken pieces you cooked yesterday, and toss em in. Chicken Pot Pie is super simple after that.

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Makes 6-8 servings.
8 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, diced into bite sized cubes (or shredded, cooked chicken meat)
5 carrots, small dice
1 large yellow onion, small dice
3 stalks celery, small dice

1/2 to 1 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup flour
4 tbsp butter
3 cups chicken broth
1/4-1/2 cup cream or half and half
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp granulated garlic

1/8 tsp tumeric (optional)
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry (you can use your average, everyday pie crust too)
1 egg
2 tbsp water

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Melt the butter in a high sided skillet on medium heat, then add your veggies in. Stir for 3 minutes, or until onions become transluscent. Throw in your chicken, whether cooked or uncooked at this time. Season with salt and pepper and cook for another 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and chicken, stir well, and cook for another minute.

2. Pour in the chicken broth while stirring vigorously, then add frozen peas and allow to thicken for about 10 minutes. Once it starts to thicken (may be sooner than ten minutes so keep an eye on it) add thyme, garlic, and pepper.

3. Add your cream an tumeric, stir it up and allow to thicken again for a few minutes. If it becomes too thick, splash in some more broth or cream. Too thin, create a cornstarch slurry with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and a splash of water in a small container, whisk together with a fork to make a loose paste and stir it into the pot. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper if necessary.

4. Cut your puff pastry into equal pieces then whisk together the egg and water together for an egg wash. Gently brush it on to the pastry, place the pastry onto a baking sheet, and bake according to packaging instructions.

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7. Let cool for 5 minutes before digging in!

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