Thursday, January 10, 2013

Chicken pot pie is a favorite in this house.  Now, there are tons of variations of chicken pot pie, but I like this one--because it is simple, fast, and yummy :-)

Chicken Pot Pie
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
2-3 chicken bouillon cubes (your preference)
1 tablespoon onion flakes (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup milk
1 3/4 cups water
2 - 3 cups cooked chicken (approximately two to three large chicken breasts)-shredded into pieces
2 cups frozen vegetables

Two 9" pie crusts--I used Pillsbury pre-made crusts, or you could follow the recipe below. Have the pie dough ready to go as soon as you make the filling.

To continue the rest of the pie:
Put the bouillon cubes in a small cup and cover with a little water--melt in the microwave for a minute.  Melt the butter in a medium saucepan on low heat. Add in the onion flakes, salt, and pepper. Once the butter is melted, add the flour to make a paste. Slowly stir in the milk and water. Stir until smooth. If you like soupy chicken pot pie then you just need to stir over the heat until consistent and mixed through. If you like it to be thicker, turn the heat up and wait for it to thicken to desired consistency while stirring constantly. Once it is as thick as you like it, toss in the frozen vegetables and the shredded chicken. Let sit while you roll out the pie dough.

Pie Crust (Makes 4 single pie crusts)

Whisk together:

4 cups flour
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp salt
With a pastry cutter, cut 1 3/4 cup shortening into the flour mixture.

Mix together with a fork:

1 tbsp. vinegar
1 large egg
1/2 cup water

Add egg mixture to flour/shortening mixture. Roll dough out into pie crust. Freeze unused dough.

From there it is simply lining your pie plate with your crust, adding your chicken mixture, covering with the second crust, and fluting the edges--like so:

Cut a couple of lines into the top of the pie crust when you're all done.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

And, voila! I would have tried to a get a better picture...but my husband ate dinner before I could get a picture--and when I went downstairs this was literally all that was left! He's a pretty big fan...

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