Chicken Pot Pie – A True Southern Casual Favorite
When I think of chicken pot pie, I imagine warm, buttery, and cheesy chicken and potatoes. It seems to be the perfect comfort food for when you have a stressful day or need some relief. In reality, it’s so much more than that! Here are some instructions for making this simple chicken recipe easy and fun.
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1 cup frozen green peas
- ½ cup sliced celery
- ⅓ cup chopped onion
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup butter
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon celery seed
- 1 ¾ cups chicken broth
- 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
- ⅔ cup milk
First, make sure you have all your ingredients for the chicken pot pie. You will need chicken breast, cut into chunks, plus cauliflower florets, mushrooms, red onions, green onions, dill, salt, pepper, and white vinegar.
Some spices you might want to consider using are thyme, oregano, and sage. Other herbs you might want to consider using would be basil, parsley, and marjoram. Don’t forget to add enough water to fully cover the ingredients.
Once you have all of these ingredients ready, it’s time to start putting the chicken into the dough. Mix together the dry ingredients (the dough) and the wet ingredients (the chicken) until the ingredients are combined thoroughly.
Form the chicken into three quarters-inch discs and place them on a plate. If desired, you can place an opening in the bottom of the disc and steam the pie through. Remove the pastry from the oven and place into the hot oven.
After about one hour in the oven, your chicken pot pie is done. Use a spatula to remove the pastry from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, it can be wrapped tightly and stored in the refrigerator. Use a baking mat if you plan to bake the pie at night.
Things to Remember
A couple of things to remember when cooking this dish are that you should allow the pie to cool completely before cutting into it. Chicken tenders can be tricky to use at times, so it’s best to have everything ready before starting. If you find that the chicken pot pie has cooled too much, it may take several hours for it to heat up completely. You can avoid burning your tongue by taking a piece of the cooled pie and running your finger along the edge. That should help warm it up nicely.
Many chicken pot pie recipes call for large pieces of chicken. If you’re not used to handling large pieces of meat, you may find it difficult to cut into it without your chicken becoming raw. If you’re not a big fan of chicken meat, consider purchasing chicken tenders to make the process easier. Even if you do purchase chicken tenders, it’s still a good idea to allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before attempting to cut it into pieces.
Additional Tips for Chicken Pot Pie ix
Chicken pot pie is served with either baked potatoes or homemade biscuits. Traditionally Baked potatoes are served with this dish, but since you probably don’t have some on hand, homemade biscuits are a close second in popularity. Both of these dishes are easy to make, but they can vary widely in ingredients and directions. Because chicken tends to cook quickly, it’s not necessary to cook the potatoes or biscuits before you add the chicken mixture to the pot.
A chicken pot pie sounds like an ideal summer dessert, but it can actually be served any time of the year. They’re a tasty treat no matter what season it is. The possibilities with this recipe are practically endless. Consider chicken pot pie as your next dessert option instead of the traditional sugary, fattening, sweet potato pie.
There are literally hundreds of ways to prepare chicken pot pie. They range from using only potatoes and onion for the base, to adding a variety of vegetables and spices to the mix. They can be served plain with just butter and salt, or they can be sauteed and served with blue cheese sauce and cranberry sauce. Fried chicken is also popular.
With a bit of planning, you can create a chicken pot pie that is spectacular every single time. Just make sure you have plenty of potatoes on hand. It really is one of the most versatile recipes you can make!
There are a number of chicken pot pie recipe variations available. You can make them with or without vegetable accompaniment. For more perfection you can steam the chicken and rice mixture before serving; you can include fruit; and you can serve them cold or warm. The options are endless. What is your family going to think if they discover that you made it without the traditional crust?