Chicken Pot Pie – A Comforting Classic

There’s nothing like a good Chicken Pot Pie on a cold winter day. This comfort food classic is perfect for warming up your family on a chilly night. Not only is it tasty, but it’s also really easy to make!

In this blog post, we will walk you through the steps of making a delicious Chicken Pot Pie from scratch. So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

The origins of chicken pot pie and its popularity today

It can be traced back to medieval England. At that time, pot pies were made with a variety of meats and vegetables, and were served as a hearty main course.

The modern-day chicken pot pie was first popularized in the United States during the early 20th century. It is thought that this dish was created when someone combined a leftover turkey carcass with vegetables and a thick gravy sauce to create an easy one-dish meal for cold winter nights.

Today’s chicken pot pie is typically made with either white or dark meat from the chicken, along with mushrooms, carrots, peas, and onions cooked in a cream sauce that’s then baked into a flaky pastry crust. It’s usually served with a side of cranberry sauce or applesauce for extra flavor.

So if you’re looking for a comforting and easy-to-make meal, be sure to give this dish a try! It’s perfect for warming up your family on a chilly night.

The ingredients that make up this classic comfort food

The ingredients that you will need to make a chicken pot pie are:

  • One rotisserie or roasted chicken, skin removed and shredded
  • Two tablespoons olive oil
  • One small onion, chopped
  • Three carrots, peeled and diced
  • Six ounces baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
  • Two cups frozen peas
  • One cup chicken stock
  • One cup whole milk or half and half
  • Two tablespoons cornstarch
  • Five tablespoons unsalted butter, divided into four tablespoons and one tablespoon cubes (or use vegan butter if desired)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oné and a half cups all-purpose flour
  • Two teaspoons baking powder
  • Half teaspoon salt
  • Six tablespoons cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • Three quarters cup ice water

How to make chicken pot pie from scratch

To start, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Next, heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and carrots and cook until softened, about five minutes. Add mushrooms and continue cooking for an additional three minutes or so until soft as well (if you are using regular mushrooms rather than baby Bella, you can cook them longer).

Remove vegetables from heat to cool slightly before transferring everything into a pie plate or baking dish. Stir in shredded chicken and frozen peas until evenly distributed throughout the pot pie filling mixture.

In another saucepan over medium-low heat, combine four tablespoons of butter with cornstarch until smooth. Slowly whisk in chicken stock and milk or half-and-half until fully incorporated into the sauce mixture (it should be thickened by now).

Pour this overtop of your prepared filling mixture, then cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit before removing from heat to cool slightly.

Variations on the traditional recipe

If you want to make your filling mixture more flavorful or have some dietary restrictions, try these variations on the traditional recipe:

For a deeper flavor, replace half of the milk with heavy cream. This will give it an even richer taste! If using whole milk instead of half-and-half, use two cups and add one tablespoon cornstarch.

Replace butter with vegan butter to make the recipe dairy-free.

For a bit of added sweetness, stir in one cup of cooked and mashed sweet potatoes into the filling mixture. This will add a subtle flavor as well as some nutrients like potassium and vitamin A.

Add one teaspoon of dried thyme leaves or rosemary needles to the filling for an extra aromatic touch.

Replace all-purpose flour with whole wheat pastry or spelled flour in order to make your crust more nutritious and hearty! You can also replace some of the butter with olive oil if desired, but this will change its texture slightly so keep that in mind when making substitutions.

Recipes for leftover chicken pot pie

If you have leftovers, don’t worry! You can make them into a delicious new dish by adding other ingredients like mushrooms and carrots or using the filling mixture to top pasta noodles.

Ina Garten Chicken Pot Pie

I know what you’re thinking. It’s the middle of summer and you don’t want to think about pot pies. But trust me, this recipe is worth breaking out your oven on a hot day. Ina Garten’s chicken pot pie is creamy, comforting, and perfect for a family dinner. Plus, it can easily be made ahead of time, so it’s the ideal dish for a busy weeknight.

Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal or something special to warm up your winter nights, this pot pie is sure to please. Give it a try!

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