Chicken Pot Pie

by Erin on March 4, 2013

in baking, entrees, meats, vegetables

Chicken Pot Pie // The Speckled Palate

The older I have gotten, the more predictable I have become when it comes to comfort foods. I suppose we’re all like this, and we gravitate to our absolute favorites after we’ve had the chance to decide upon them.

Right?

Right.

Needless to say, Chicken Pot Pie is one of my favorite comfort foods. It’s filling and warm and offers several different textures that just make me happy… and it’s usually loaded with lots of butter and heavy cream, which generally makes me feel sad, bloated and a little bit guilty after consuming a portion of the dish.

While there certainly is a place for butter and heavy cream in my life — hello, could we talk about cookies and cakes and pies and all those delightful baked goods? — I’d generally like for my meals to be a bit healthier, if at all possible.

That being said, this adaptation from Jennifer Chandler’s spectacular recipe is one that I have been tinkering with for the past few years, ever since my mom got me Jennifer’s cookbook. I find myself struggling with getting servings of vegetables in the wintertime, and in an attempt to get myself eating more of these, I have added a lot more veggies to this dish.

The result is a veggie-packed, decadent dish that is paired with crunchy Puff Pastry, the perfect compliment to this down-home dish.

The secret that I’ve learned over the years the hard way? Baking the topping separately. It sounds weird, but it’s fantastic for leftovers and not dealing with soggy, sad pie crust/Puff Pastry/biscuits/whatever your favorite carb of choice is for pot pies.

Trust me, y’all. I’ve been enjoying these leftovers for three days now, and I just finished off the dish and Puff Pastry that we baked and stored separately. My last bowl of Chicken Pot Pie goodness still had that crunch from the pastry that I wanted. And while it takes one more dish, I promise it’s worth it in the end, especially if your household is like ours, and it’s just you and your husband eating this large dish.

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Chicken Pot Pie
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1¾ cup carrots, diced
  • 2½ Russet potatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups yellow onions, diced
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unbleached, all purpose flour
  • 3½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk (skim OK)
  • 1 teaspoon Mural of Flavor Seasoning Blend (or another salt-free poultry seasoning)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels, seasoning the chicken liberally with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the chicken on a greased baking sheet, and bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through, then set aside to cool.
  4. While the chicken is roasting, boil the carrots, potatoes, onions in a large pot of water until "crisp tender" (about 8 minutes), then add in the peas and spinach for another 2 minutes.
  5. Drain the vegetables and set aside.
  6. Once the chicken is out of the oven, raise the temperature to 395.
  7. In a large Dutch oven, bring the butter and the olive oil to a simmer, then add the flour. Whisk until the mixture is golden brown.
  8. Stir in the chicken stock and milk, seasoning the mixture with the Mural of Flavor/poultry seasoning, as well as the salt and pepper.
  9. Cook, stirring the mixture often, until thickened, then add the chicken and the vegetables, adjusting the salt and pepper as needed.
  10. Pour the filling into a 9x13" baking dish and pop in the oven, baking for 30-45 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown on the top.
  11. Cut the Puff Pastry into 9 squares and space them out on a greased baking sheet.
  12. In the same oven, bake the Puff Pastry for 30 minutes or until the tops of the pastry are browned.
  13. Once all ingredients are cooked, assemble in bowls, dolloping the chicken pot pie filling in first, then topping with a square of Puff Pastry, before digging in!
Notes
If you'd like, you can add some additional vegetables to the pot pie, depending on what you have in your pantry. Green beans, sweet corn, and sweet potatoes are two of my favorite additions.

 

Chicken Pot Pie // The Speckled Palate

What is one of your favorite comfort dishes?

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Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies March 4, 2013 at 10:48 am

Crust on the side = BRILLIANT! I hate soggy crust. I like to make veggie pot pies, but haven’t found a winning recipe yet. I’ll have to try this out -chicken + extra veggies, looks like I might’ve found a go-to recipe :)

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Erin April 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I’ll be interested to hear what you think about this recipe, Kelly! I really do hope that it becomes your go-to because we absolutely ADORE it here, especially since it’s so full of so many delicious veggies. And isn’t the crust thing awesome? I’m happy/sad that it took me SO LONG to figure that out.

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Gretchen Alice March 4, 2013 at 11:56 am

This is perfect! I’ve been wanting to make chicken pot pie for a while now and I love the concept of this recipe.

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Erin April 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Thanks, Gretchen! Please let me know if you give it a shot and what you think!

Also, HI! IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME. How the heck are you?!

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Natalie March 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I like the puff pastry on the side, such a great idea! Chicken pot pie is definitely one of my go to comfort foods, I also love a good steak and mushroom pie too. Thanks for this recipe, it looks like a keeper :)

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Erin April 3, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Thanks, Natalie! It was a stroke of genius, and it makes the leftovers just as good as the night-of meal.

Confession: I’ve never had a steak and mushroom pie. Do you have a recipe for one? Would you be willing to share it? Because I think this needs to be remedied, especially since I love any kind of comfort food!

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Jayne March 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Erin, you’re a genius! I love it when the puff pastry is all flaky and crispy out of the oven but soggy overnight in the fridge is not pretty. I’ve been frustrated about this and have had to settle for mushy topping everytime we have leftovers. Have to link this up with my chicken pot pie recipe! You’re clever.

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Erin April 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Jayne, you are TOO SWEET! I’m not a genius… just FINALLY realized a workaround for the soggy dough problem we’ve experienced for years. Especially since it’s just me and Winston eating on all this food.

I hope this idea makes your chicken pot pie leftovers even more lovely in the future! I’m gonna have to check out your recipe now and try it out!

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Alli March 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

This looks so delicious and so perfect for these last few nasty winter weeks here on the East Coast.

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Erin April 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Amen to that, girl. With the crazy weather we’ve been having here, part of me wants to make another pot pie before it gets too hot.

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