Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

I love chicken pot pie. It was one of my favorite meals growing up (they were always the store bought kind).  As an adult I would sometimes buy the pre-made ones at the grocery store.

My favorite pre-made brand is Mrs. Budd’s white meat chicken pie. Back in the day as a young married couple paying close to $8.00 for a chicken pie that fed us one meal with no leftovers was a bit of a luxury. I searched around and found a recipe for chicken pot pie from Ina Garten.  I find it to be easy to make and delicious. I usually make the dough and cook the chicken in the oven a day or two beforehand. Then on the day I am ready to make the chicken pie all I have to do is put together the filling and roll out the dough.

I modify the recipe to suit our tastes and what ingredients we have on hand.

Taste as you go along as sometimes it starts to get too salty if you aren’t careful.

Ingredients:

(I only included what I use. Ina’s original recipe has more ingredients)
  • 3 whole (6 split) chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on(I use boneless breast, whatever I have on hand or that is on sale. I often only use two chicken breasts depending on how many servings I want to make)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • 5 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade (I use canned/boxed, and use canned broth if I don’t have any stock)
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes(I like to use Better Than Bouillon)
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups medium-diced carrots, blanched for 2 minutes( I use frozen if I don’t have fresh)
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas (2 cups) (I use less as my husband hates peas)
  • Sometimes I dice up potatoes if I have some that need to be used up.

    Chicken pie filling cooking in my Dutch oven

For the pastry:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup ice water
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
  • Flaked sea salt                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

You can read the directions on how to cook and assemble it here – Ina Garten Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

In this recipe Ina makes individual pot pies which is nice but not necessary. I take a large oven safe bowl or baking dish, put in the filling and then lay the pastry over the top in a sheet.

I made this for the first time for my dad and he kept commenting on how good it was and now he keeps saying that he wants me to make it again so I guess it was a hit.

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