Monday, March 12, 2012

chicken pot pie

About 3 years ago I had given  Jesse( my son a law) a special gift for Christmas: a certificate which promised  chicken pot pie every month for one year. I did not always gave him one every month . I felt guilty so now 3 years after when I make chicken pie I have to keep one for him and one for Tricia.
I hope you will like my chicken pot pie as much as they do.
Usually when there is a good sale on chicken I buy two of them and poach them the day before I made chicken pie. The poaching process is easy. Put the 2 chicken in a pan cover with water, add salt, pepper, one onion, a few carrots one bay leave . bring to a boil and then simmer till the chicken are cook you can tell by pulling on the leg!
2 poached chicken give me enough chicken for different things may be a chicken salad, or chicken tacos or whatever I feel like to make. I usually give a nice treat to my dogs they enjoyed that very much. I can too freeze some of the meat for another day. And naturally I get the most delicious chicken broth. But you do not have to do all this you can use any type of chicken you want for the chicken pot pie , it could be left over roast chicken .
here is the recipe for the most delicious pot pie , very easy to make you will never buy a chicken pot pie again.

4 cups chicken
1/2 cup onion
1 cup carrot
1 cup chopped precooked potatoes
1 cup corn
1 cup celery
1 large stalk of broccoli
2 cups chicken bouillon
 1/2 cup cream
1 tb spoon" moutarde de dijon" or whatever mustard you like
3 tbls flour
3 tbs butter
pie crust. bought or home made

Cleaned the carrots slice them
chopped the onion very small
clean celery and chopped it
chop the broccoli
cut the potatoes in small pieces and cooked in salted water. Drain
clean the mushrooms and slice.

in a large pan saute the carrots onion celery and mushrooms for about 10 minutes
 add the broccoli cook for 5 more minutes. 
Add the flour cook for a few minutes and add the stock 
Cook for about 10 minutes making sure the flour is well cooked
add more stock if needed
 add the potatoes, the corn,  the mustard, the chicken. and salt and pepper. cook for about 5 minutes and add the cream.
put your filling in 4 small dishes or in a large oven dish .
prepare you dough and cover your pies.
brush the top of the pies with a beaten egg yolk
bake in the oven at 450 degrees F  for 20 minutes or until golden
the individual pies can be frozen and bake when needed.


Serve your pie with a salad
a table. bon appetit.
 miam miam

  During your preparation make sure you do not cook the vegetables to long . They still cook when the pot pie go to the oven 
You may use any vegetables . Peas are very often used in pot pie.