Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie

This week I seem to be emptying my back log of the things I cooked over the winter. Comfort foods always top that list. What nice about these last few recipes I've posted is that they are perfect for spring time too. Where I live, it really doesn't get very warm until the end of May. In fact, we're still getting snow on the ground this time of year. It's winter's way of reminding me that I still can't make any concrete plans of getting down off the mountain. It was 55 one day last week and the next we were sprinkled with a couple inches of snow. This time of year is still perfect for warm, filling foods like chicken pot pie. A nice creamy gravy surrounds chicken breast and lots of veggies. I like to top mine off with a biscuit dough, but pie crust works just as well.

What You Need:

1lb chicken breast, cut into cubes
1 large russet potato, cut into small cubes
1 c frozen corn
1 c frozen peas
1/2 lb frozen pearl onions (1/2 a bag)
1 or 2 carrots, diced
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs butter
1/4 c flour
3-4 cup chicken stock
1 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper
Pie Crust or your fav Biscuit recipe

What To Do:

In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted whisk in the flour and let it cook for a minute or two to get rid of the raw flour taste. Slowly whisk in the chicken stock to prevent lumps. Turn the heat to high and bring it up to a boil, stirring often. Just as soon as you see the first bubbles form, turn off your heat. If the sauce is to thick for your liking, add in a bit more stock. Stir the chicken breast into the gravy along with the thyme, sage, and some salt and pepper. In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. Pour the chicken and gravy over the top and stir everything together to combine. Portion the pot pie into ramekins or into a 13x9 pan, covering with either pie crust or biscuit dough. Make sure to cut slits in the top of the pie crust. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour.
Note: I sprinkled some spices on top of my biscuit dough before baking.

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