Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Chicken soup potpie for the soul

Tonight was a night for comfort food.
It was an emotional day and this chicken pot pie is our new favorite thing to make. It goes really well with a bottle of Pinot Grigio if you really want to know. Up until a couple of months ago I would have had to pass on the vino, but now that SisterBear is done nursing I can enjoy an occasional glass with dinner.

After five years of being pregnant or nursing it's nice to have my body back.

Like our bottle stopper? Our friend, Tony, made that for us. He's also responsible for the beautiful workmanship of these fishing rods he had up at the cabin over the summer. Woodworking isn't his only talent. We enjoyed listening to him play the guitar at the Christmas Eve service last week.

I should probably disclose that these potpie pictures weren't taken tonight. I took them the first time we made this dish. I should also disclose that this isn't what we had for dinner tonight. It is what I WISH we would have had, but it's time consuming (about 45 minutes to an hour) and requires heavy whipping cream that we didn't have in the house. We dined on chicken nuggets instead. Exciting huh? Even if I was privy to Tyson's recipe for their chicken nuggets, I'm guessing you'd rather know how to make this tasty, flaky crusted, comfort food instead.

MamaBear's Chicken Pot Pie

1 1/2 cups flour
1 t salt
1/3 cup chilled butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg
3 T ice water

1 large egg, lightly beaten

4 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 T butter
16 ounces frozen veggies (we use peas, carrots, and beans)
1/4 cup dry white wine or water
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 T flour
1 1/2 t paprika
1/2 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
3/4 cup chicken broth

To prepare pastry, in a medium bowl, mix together flour and salt, Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut butter into flour until coarse crumbs form.

In a small bowl, beat together egg and water. Add to the four mixture; mix lightly until a soft dough forms. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in freezer for 30 minutes.

To prepare the filling, place chicken in a 2 quart casserole.

In large skillet, melt butter over low heat. Add veggies and increase to medium heat for five minutes. Add the wine; cook until almost evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add to chicken and mix.

While the veggies cook, whisk together cream, flour, paprika, salt, and pepper, over low heat in a medium saucepan until thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in broth. pour sauce over chicken mixture.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the pastry to fit the top of the casserole. Place on top of pie; trim and seal the edges.

Roll out trimmings. cut out the decorative leaves. Brush pastry with glaze; add the decorations; brush again with glaze.

Bake until filling is bubbly and crust is browned, 25-30 minutes.


We like to make this the day after we've boiled a large chicken. We always have extra chicken and homemade broth leftover to use for this recipe then. I freeze any extra broth for another time. One of these days I'll share my easy recipe for chicken noodle soup, but this one should keep you busy for a while. :) It sounds complicated, but if your hubby likes to cook, it's a great dish to make together. The homemade crust is SO worth it. Yummy!


Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom December 30, 2008 at 10:51 PM  

Mmmmm. Sounds great! I like to make chicken pot pie for new mommies, because it freezes well. I'll have to try this one. Thanks!

Aspiemom December 31, 2008 at 8:03 AM  

Thanks for the recipe! That's definitely comfort food.

C, Do you know if MckMama deleted her blog or is it just now loading or what? I was checking for an update this AM and the page is blank. I saw yesterday that there was a wacko, hostile commenter and wondered if it made her delete everything- hope not!

lots_of_love_four_kids December 31, 2008 at 9:07 AM  

That recipe sounds FANTASTIC! Thank you for typing that out for us! I'll be trying it soon!
take care!

gbmom2407 January 5, 2009 at 5:16 PM  

okay, here goes nothing. I just pulled the pot pie from the oven. Following your recipe (except, I had to buy the top crust because I don't own a rolling pin). We shall see, smells amazing!
Happy day.

gbmom2407 January 6, 2009 at 10:53 AM  

Take it from a family of six (four littles). This is yuuuuummmmy! Note to self, next time double the recipe for left-overs. (we love the convience of left-overs at our house and I am sure this would taste great the next day...) It was gobbled up!

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