In my dictionary, Chicken Pot Pie is (should) be listed in the definition of comfort food. This recipe makes a 9x9 pie, packed with chicken, onions, celery, mushrooms, broccoli, red bell pepper, fresh green beans, white sauce and it is all baked together in a seasoned double crust.
2 cups of cooked chicken (bite size pieces)
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups of broccoli (bite size)
2 cups of mushrooms (sliced)
2 cups of fresh green beans (bite size)
1/2 cup red bell pepper (cut small)
1/2 cup celery (sliced thinly)
1/2 cup onion (chopped finely)
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 heaping teaspoons chicken bullion granules
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 & 1/2 cups milk
When I make this recipe, I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs and cook them in the crockpot the night before (set on low & covered with chicken broth & salt and pepper). In the morning, I take the chicken out and cut it up and refrigerate it until time to make the pie (deli chicken works too).
In large frying pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and saute the broccoli, mushrooms, green beans and bell pepper just until they start to get tender and reduce in size (set aside).
In a medium size, heavy bottomed saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Saute the onion and celery in the butter until they start to turn sweet and then add 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and 2 heaping teaspoons of chicken bullion granules. Let this simmer gently (stirring) for about a minute (this will remove the flour taste), then add 2 & 1 /2 cups of milk and whisk like crazy to avoid lumps. Once mixed well, stir gently until this mixture boils and gets nice and thick (consistency of gravy).
To Assemble pie:
Divide pastry crust dough into 2 pieces (one piece should be about 2/3 of the dough and 2nd piece 1/3 of the dough). The recipe for the dough follows, or you can use ready made. Roll out the larger piece, into a 13" square and fit it into the bottom of a 9x9 baking dish. Lay diced, cooked chicken in the bottom of the crust then top with the sauteed veggies; pour the sauce over everything. Roll out the remaining dough and lay over the filling, pinching the edges. Cut steam vents in the pie and bake in preheated oven (at 425) for 35 minutes.
2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup + 2 tablespoons butter flavored Crisco
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon celery seed
5 tablespoons cold water
Cut the Crisco into the dry ingredients until it is about the size of very small peas. Add the cold water and mix until everything is moist and the dough comes away from the side of the bowl cleanly. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest while you saute the veggies. Roll dough out on lightly floured counter.
NOTE: Put a cookie sheet (that has an edge) under the pot pie as it cooks, just in case there is a spill-over.