Thursday, January 24, 2013

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

There is nothing more filling and comforting on a cold night like a homemade chicken pot pie. It is one of my favorite dinners. I like to make it in the morning, refrigerate it and bake it up in the evening. It helps free up my afternoons so the house isn't in crazy disarray when my husband gets home from work.

The filling for the chicken pot pie is quite simple and uses basic ingredients.

1 boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped
1/4 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup water
1/2 can corn, drained
1/2 can peas, drained

Start by sauteing the chicken with the onion and garlic. Meanwhile, put carrots and a 1/2 cup water in a microwave save bowl and cover loosely with clear plastic wrap. Microwave for 5 minutes or until carrots begin to be tender. Drain carrots. When chicken is fully cooked add carrots, celery, cream of chicken soup, water, corn and peas. Mix until combined.  Keep on low until pie crust is ready.

Prepare pie crust according to my pie crust recipe or your favorite recipe. Line a 1.5 quart round casserole pan with pie dough. Add chicken and vegetable mixture.

Cover with pie dough, trim edges, fold under and crimp. You will also want to cut a few slits in the top pie crust so steam can escape.

Cover edges of pie with foil (See pie crust recipe for instructions). Removed foil 15 minutes before pie is done.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. This chicken pot pie will take at least an hour to cook and another 10-15 minutes to cool before serving. When the chicken pot pie is done, the crust will be golden brown and the filling will be hot. You can test the filling by sticking a butter knife or fork into one of the slits on the top of the pie and getting a little of the filling out of the pie. Be careful not to burn yourself.

One of the great things about this recipe is that you can easily adjust the size of your pie. You can add more chicken and or vegetables and feed more people. Just remember to plan a little longer baking time. XE6R9FEUJJZM

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