Thursday, April 18, 2013

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie!  These three words evoke memories of home, a warm kitchen, laughter, and wonderful family discussion around the table.  I have been making homemade chicken pot pies since I married.  Almost 30 years!  It is one of my boys most requested home cooked meals.  There are many variations for chicken pot pie.  This is just mine, topped with a delicious, flaky pie crust.  It is not a 30 minute meal, but definitely worth the time.  My friend and co-worker, Lisa, asked me for my recipe.  I am always at a loss when asked for the recipe because I really don't follow one.  However, on this rainy afternoon, I attempted to write it down.  Here it goes!!

The Starting Line-Up: 
Chicken of your choice:  Today is all white meat, but I often throw in thighs
3 cans of Chicken Stock:  If you boil thighs or a whole chicken, just use water
Potatoes: Cut in uniform sized cubes
Mixed vegetables:  Fresh is best, but frozen will do
1/2 Cup of Diced Onions
1-2 Cloves of Diced Garlic
Salt
Pepper
Milk-  1 cup or more depending on thickness desired
4 and 1/2 Tablespoons of All Purpose Flour
4 and 1/2 Tablespoons of Butter
Flaky Pie Crust-  Makes 3 crusts
3 Cups of All Purpose  Flour
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Cup of Crisco
1 Egg
6 Tablespoons of Cold Water
Begin by washing the chicken thoroughly.  I know, the cooking experts say you don't have to do this, but my momma does and so do I!  Place chicken in a pot and cover the chicken with enough water, broth, or combination to cover the chicken.  If I use dark meat and breasts, I just use water.  Since I have  breasts today, I used three cans of broth and two cups of water for the size of my stock pot.  Just make sure to cover the chicken with liquid.  Add diced onions and garlic to the broth.  While the chicken is cooking, let's make the pie crust!
Pie Crust-  I like to do this by hand, but for my friends who have an aversion to this method, a  food processor will work.  Place the flour and salt in the processor and give it a quick whirl.  Add 1-cup of Crisco and pulsate only until it resembles a crumbly mixture.
Do not over mix!  Whisk the egg with water and slowly pour into processor while pulsating.  This will form a ball very quickly. Again, do not over mix.  The key to flaky pie crust is to not over mix.
Place the dough on a piece of parchment paper, wrap it up and stick in the refrigerator.  I actually made a half recipe of pie crust.  I would urge you to make the whole recipe, especially if this is your first time at pie crust.  I have to admit that I was almost out of Crisco, so had to half the recipe!    Now let's get back to the chicken.
Boil the chicken until done and tender. Remove from the stock pot and let rest. Add the cubed potatoes to the stock pot and cook until tender.  Always cut the potatoes in a similar size so that they cook at the same speed.  Plus, it just looks pretty! 
When the potatoes are tender, remove from the pot and add the mixed vegetables.   I used about a half of a 16 ounce bag of frozen vegetables for this recipe.  Note:  You can cook the potatoes and veggies all at once, but by doing it separately you are assured that the potatoes will not turn to mush. Nobody likes mushy potatoes!  While the mixed veggies are cooking, cut the chicken into bite size pieces.  Once veggies are done, remove the veggies from the stock pot either by using a slotted spoon or pouring the contents of the pot through a mesh strainer.  Reserve the liquid.  You will need 3 and 1/2 cups of stock/liquid.  I ended up with 2 cups, so added about a cup of milk. Sit the liquid aside while you make a simple roux. 
Melt 4 and 1/2 tablespoons of butter in the bottom of the stock pot, add 4 1/2 tablespoons of all purpose flour and whisk for a minute or two, cooking to get the raw flour taste out.
Slowly pour in the remaining stock and enough milk to make 3 cups of liquid.  Allow mixture to thicken.  Check for seasonings and add those needed.  We are "pot pie purist", so salt and pepper are all that I use.  This is a forgiving recipe.  If you think your mixture is too thick, add more milk. 
Meanwhile, back at the hall of justice...  Oh, sorry, I must be in a Super Hero mood!  Meanwhile, preheat your oven  to 375 degrees. Add chicken and mixed veggies to the pot.  I usually allow the chicken to make friends with the mixed veggies for awhile before adding the potatoes. The goal here is to impart flavor without the potatoes turning to mush. Looking yummy!
At this point, you can allow this to cook on low, merging all those yummy flavors together while you roll out the pie crust. My guys like individual pot pies.  Of course, you can do one large casserole dish.  Today I am using these cute covered dishes I ordered from QVC! I purchased this Temp-tations bakeware set (Mini-Round-Covered Casseroles) last year.  They are fabulous!  Sadly to say, my version is not longer available, but I have attached a link to another similar Temp-tations set.  Temp-tations-Vintage Set-of-4-Mini-Bakers-w Wire-Racks 
Roll out the pie crust on floured parchment paper.  I love parchment paper!  It has become my favorite kitchen tool.  Ladle the mixture into the dishes.If you are feeling naughty, drop a slice of butter on top of the mixture before topping with crust.
Top with crust and cut a few vent holes in the top.  If you like a more rustic look, let the dough hang over the edge of the dish and push to seal at the ridge.  Brush with a beaten egg to give it a golden color when baked.  Place on a foil lined tray for easy clean up and bake in a 375 degree oven until the crust is lightly browned. This recipe today made 7 mini pot pies. 
One word of caution, if you use individual dishes, the dishes will be very hot as well as the contents.  Enjoy with a simple green salad and fruit.  It really is a great old fashioned meal in a dish!

54 comments:

  1. Talk about comfort food - this looks wonderful! What a great recipe and I am so pleased you share it at "OpenHouse"!

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    1. I was happy to share it at the "Open House". Thanks for stopping by Still Woods Farmhouse and thank you for hosting a fun party each week!

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  2. I LOVED chicken pot pies growing up !! I'll have to try your recipe!! looks great!!

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    1. I hope you do. Let me know what you think. Of course, you can add or delete depending on your own taste. Do you remember the Swanson chicken pot pies in a box? I used to love those too!

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    2. YES!! That's what we ate were the Swanson Chicken pot pies and I got so upset when they quit making the bread part on the bottom and only on top!! Question - how do you make this a reply? I've tried to figure it out and would love to make replies to comments, but not sure how to edit google blog to do this!

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    3. When we lived in Hawaii (dad was in Coast Guard) the Swanson pies were a treat!

      As far as the reply section, for blogspot, it is set up in the comment section. I did not know about google blog, but since have peaked my interest, I found this in the help section for google blog. Copy and paste this and it will take you to the help page. Hope it works!
      http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1725597

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  3. Such a hearty meal (my hubby would love this!) and your presentation is so pretty! :)
    Susan

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    1. Well thank you! I must admit that my husband picks out the green peas. He is a terribly picky eater! When the boys were little, the rule at our house was that he could not show them what a picky eater he was! I wasn't about to raise two more picky eaters. It worked and they eat everything! Thanks for stopping by.
      Blessings from Still Woods

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  4. Welcome to your first Foodie Friday! What a heartwarming recipe, with a great step-by-step. Your pies look delicious, and your pot pie dishes are adorable!

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    1. I have always wanted to join Foodie Friday, but I don't always share recipes. After perusing all the great recipes posted on Foodie Friday, I have decided to join more often. Thank you for leaving a comment and following along with Still Woods Farmhouse. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. I pick out the peas too, lol! Your pies look great!
    I love your Temptations pot pie dishes too. I have a few pieces , love watching In the Kitchen with David! Do you watch?
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish! We meet every Wed night at 7 to show off our china, glasses etc.
    Thank you for following and I will do the same. I Am going to check out some of your other posts.
    So nice to meet you!

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    1. Hi Kathleen! I do watch In the Kitchen with David! I have several pieces of Temptations as well. My sweet sister bought my first set for me as a Christmas gift. I fell in love then! I will be joining Let's Dish more often and have been enjoying reading this weeks links. Thank you for stopping by Still Woods Farmhouse and especially for following along!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  6. Ive been craving Chicken Pot Pie! This looks delicious. AND . . . love your retro photo AND . . . love your dishes AND . . . put "milk" on your grocery list. You are running low.

    Ha! (just like my house).

    Thanks for the great recipe.

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    1. I was at stopped at a long red light and read your comment on my phone. I started laughing and almost got honked at for not moving along when the light turned green! Yes, I was almost out of milk! When the boys are at home, we can go through a gallon a day...I need to buy a cow!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  7. Heavenly Days...I am 72 yrs old and never ever made a chicken pot pie..shame on me. What an impressive endeavor and all the effort to share pics and detailed instructions. Thank You..
    ANNND..accept my heartfelt thanks for FOLLOWING ME on Like Gramma's House..I must tell you a secret: I am always drawn to blog titles etc with the word "farmhouse" mmmm wonder why!
    I AM FOLLOWING I know your time is valuable & there are so many special places to visit..hope you can find time to stop by now and then. I try to keep it [LGH] real, light hearted and challenging at the same time. See you Soon!?

    Jonell

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    1. Good Morning Jonell,
      It is never to late to learn to make homemade chicken pot pie. If you are not into pie crust, you can top it with biscuit dough. My guys just like the crust. I think you should make it for your "Silver Fox". I bet he will like it. Thank you for following me and leaving your nice comment. I do like to visit and read the blogs of those I am following, so you will see me again! Enjoy your weekend!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  8. What a wonderful recipe~ My hubby will love this:) Love your blog!! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Hi Lynn! I am glad you stopped by. Do you make chicken pot pie? Let me know if you try this recipe. As I said, it is very forgiving and can be adjusted. Looking forward to visiting you at Turnips 2 Tangerines. Love that title!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  9. We love chicken pot pies, they are the best comfort food I can think of outside mashed potatoes! Thanks for sharing your delicious sounding recipe. ♥ your little casseroles!

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    1. You are correct, they are comfort food! I also think of pancakes as comfort food. That stems from cold nights when we lived in Maine and my mom would make breakfast for supper. What a treat! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come back again. The doors are always open at Still Woods Farmhouse!

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  10. Home made Chicken Pot Pie; yum! Nothing better than home made, is there? You go to a lot of work but when my boys were growing up, I did this all the time and never thought a thing of it. And yes, it is worth it! The smiles on their faces always made me feel like a queen. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe with us at my HOME. Hope you're having a splendid weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Good Morning Sandi! Hope this day finds you well. I love your statement that "their smiles always made me feel like a queen". Isn't it a great feeling? I remember watching the women in our family spending quite a lot of time in the kitchen. I always thought how much they must love us to do that. It is worth it!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  11. I think I will make some chicken pot pie now that you have made me want it so. Sweet little casserole dishes too!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. Good Morning Susan and Bentley,
      If you are still facing the cold days of spring, it would warm your soul. Of course, we eat in the hot Mississippi summer days as well!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  12. Hi! I have made a lot of things, but never have I tackled chicken pot pie. These look delicious. Can I just come over for dinner? lol

    Thanks for stopping in at Cranberry Morning. I am your newest follower. :-)

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    1. Sure! The doors at Still Woods Farmhouse are always open! If you like chicken pot pie, you must try it sometime. To make it a less time consuming, top it with biscuit dough. To me, it's the inside that counts. Thanks for visiting and following me!
      Blessinsg from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  13. Hello!

    Thanks so much for this recipe and step-by-step instructions and pics; they really make a difference. Your little bowls and dishes are darling! It's true, there's nothing cozier and more nostalgic than a creamy chicken pot pie and yours looks delicious!

    Poppy :)

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    1. Thank you Poppy! They are delicious and well worth the trouble. Hope you have having a terrific weekend. Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  14. Chicken pot pie is my favorite!!
    Smiles, Dottie

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    1. Hi Dottie! A sweet friend from church brought me her version of chicken pot pie when I broke my wrist recently. Hers was yummy too! I think you can't go wrong with good old chicken pot pie! Comfort food at its best.
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  15. Yummy, yummy...will be puttin' in our tummy's:)

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  16. I don't eat meat, but I know a lot of people who would love this, including the Favorite Thing participants. It's lovely of you to share this recipe.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. I always enjoy the Favorite Thing party! Thank you for hosting and always dropping by the participants to leave comments. Have a great weekend!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  17. I have to confess that I have never eaten pot pies. When my mom would get them for the other kids I always had to eat something else (It was the peas)
    hugs,
    Laura

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    1. Hi Laura,
      They are delicious even without the peas! Actually, my husband likes chicken pot pie with only potatoes and corn. Our sons like the works, so we go with everything.
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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    1. JoAnn, so happy you came by for a visit. Yes, aren't those little casserole dishes cute? And they were on clearance. Can't beat that!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  19. Good Morning to you, Oooh, I am going to have a very happy husband, he loves chicken pies....especially pot pies, so he is in for a treat!
    The little dishes you cooked the pies in are so very pretty...I love the matching lids.
    I have enjoyed my visit and found you at Claudia's My Favourite Thing. I have become a new follower and I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! you will be most welcome.
    Have a wonderful Sunday.
    Best Wishes from England.
    Daphne

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    1. Hi Daphne,
      Thank you for visiting from My Favorite Thing and especially for being a new follower. I will be happy to follow you back. Please come back soon!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  20. Oh my sons love chicken pot pie too! This is a wonderful visual tutorial ...fantastic! :)

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    1. Thank you Debra. I like pictures with recipes, but sometimes I get involved in cooking a forget to snap the pictures. This time my oldest was at home and he helped me get in a few shots. Thank you for visiting and leaving your nice comment. Come back soon!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  21. Yum! I love chicken pot pie. If I was honest I'd have to day I love just about any kind of pie. I love your blog and am a new follower. Thanks for visiting me. I was raised in the South and I love your style. It's always fun to meet a kindred spirit.
    Clara from Redeemed Junk and Stuff

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    1. Hi Clara! I am with you, love any type of pie. Thank you for visiting and following along. Come back anytime!
      Blessings from one southern girl to another!

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  22. I love a good chicken pot pie. I make mine very similar to yours. So glad you stopped by and became a follower. I am returning the favor! I'm going now to look at some of your older posts. Thanks again! We Southern girls have to stick together!! :)

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    1. I am so happy to have another Southern girl visit me today. Yep, we have to stick together. Hope you enjoy looking at some of my older posts. I am a fairly new blogger. It will be a year at the end of June! I am learning as I go.
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  23. Hello
    This is new to me - always wonderful to find a new recipe to tempt my family with!
    I've just had lunch but my mouth is watering!!!
    We don't have Crisco cans here - I'll just use butter as I would normally for pastry.
    OUr family loves individual rammekins too, I'll just make a couple of extras for the super hungry boys!
    Thank you for popping in to my blog and becoming my newest follower!
    I'm now following you too. I'll be sharing a typical New Zealand recipe with you soon.
    Hugs
    Shane ♥

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    1. Hi Shane,
      I am anxious to see a typical New Zealand recipe! No Crisco there? I thought Crisco was a world wide fat source! Butter will do! Thank you for visiting Still Woods Farmhouse and following along. Have a terrific week!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  24. Yummy is what I have to say about your pot pie!! These looks o good and so pretty in the individual casseroles. I love that you made your own gravy instead of cream of chicken soup... so much tastier, I think!
    p.s. I read your post on infertility. It was written so thoughtfully, with love and encouragement.

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    1. Thank you Kitty! Especially about the infertility post. Yes, I like making my own cream sauce, but cream of chicken will do in a pinch. It is so expensive though, so the homemade is more economical...and tastes better!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  25. Looks so delicious and the serving dishes are simply adorable!

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    1. Hi Patty! I love those little dishes. They are great for serving individual helpings of soup as well.
      Have a great week!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  26. Hi, I love chicken pot pie but don't make it nearly enough. Love your sweet serving pots. I will be pinning this and give it a whirl. Thanks for taking the time to figure out what you do and for sharing it with Share Your Cup.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  27. This looks DELICIOUS!!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

    Melissa @ Shabby Love

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