Ultimate Comfort Food
As a special treat I sometimes make Chicken Pot Pie. It is a treat because it is not exactly low calorie, but sometimes you just have to have pie. This is ultimate comfort food, chicken, carrots and peas in a rich creamy sauce, covered with a snuggy little blanket of puff pastry, totally hygge. The sauce falls into the basics category. I make a standard roux with butter and flour then make the sauce using chicken stock. I enrich the sauce with the addition of cream and a little sherry, both are optional but I find they make all the difference. The roux method for making a sauce is also the basis of my Fabulous Fish Pie
I also make the Chicken pot Pie in individual pie dishes which works well too, hence the photo. If I remember correctly my dear friend Ellon may have been responsible for the excellent finishing on these pies in the photo. I think we made around 80 on that particular day, and Ellen, a pie novice discovered a secret talent for crimping the edges. All her pies looked way better than mine!
Variations on Pie
Sorry about the lack of photo for a large pie. I will try and remember to take one next time I make this dish. I also have to clarify, I have said to use a whole cooked chicken but obviously any combination of cooked chicken is totally acceptable. After Thanksgiving I suspect you could also use left over turkey as well. At Christmas, any left over ham would also be very tasty, and then it would become a chicken and ham pie!
If making the pie ahead of time, allow the filling to cool down before covering with pastry. Then store in the fridge until ready to cook.
Time Saving Hack
If making this in the States may I recommend a time saving hack. I often substitute Trader Joe’s ‘Mirepoix’ in place of the chopped onions, carrots and celery. They do all the chopping for me and I do not end up crying while cutting up the onions.
- One cooked chicken, cut into large chunks
- Medium onion, chopped
- 2 sticks of celery, sliced
- One stick or 4 oz/100g of butter
- 4 Tablespoons of all purpose flour
- about a quart or a litre of chicken stock, bought or homemade
- Two cups of carrots, sliced ( thats about two good handfuls, honestly its up to you how much you add)
- Pack of frozen peas
- 1/4 cup of heavy cream
- 1/4 cup of sherry
- salt and pepper
- Pack of frozen puff pastry
- Egg, beaten
Pre Heat Oven 400F
Defrost puff pastry.
Melt the butter in a large pot and sauté the onion and carrots for ten minutes.
Add the flour and cook the roux mixture for two minutes.
Gradually add the chicken stock, stirring well to avoid lumps.
Cook for a few minutes then add cream. sherry and seasoning to taste.
Finally add the peas and cooked chicken.
Pour the chicken mixture into a large casserole dish or individual large ramekins.
Dampen the edges of the dish/dishes and cover with the puff pastry.
Depending on which brand you have bought you may have to make a join at some point sticking the edges together with a little more water.
Trim the edges and use the trimmings to decorate the top of the pie.
Crimp the pastry round the edges of the casserole.
Remember to cut small slices in the pie to allow the steam to escape
Brush the pastry with the beaten egg.
Cook for a round 40-50 minutes or until the pastry is risen and golden brown.