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Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Chicken Pot Pie

Rating 4-5 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
An Ideal Recipe for Entertaining
Graham

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If you are looking for an old fashioned, traditional Chicken Pot Pie, made from a whole chicken, freshly cut vegetables, and a flaky homemade crust, this is it. You can either serve it in a large, deep dish, or in individual 10oz (½ pint - 300ml) ramekin dishes. Either way, it's delicious and ideally suited both for family use or for entertaining guests.

      Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

      Cooking Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Ingredients for Chicken Pot Pie

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to serve 6:
FOR THE CHICKEN AND STOCK
3½ lb
Free Range Chicken
3½ pints
cold water
1 teaspoon
salt
1 large
onion
1 large
carrot
1 stick
celery
1
leek
 
bouquet garni
½ teaspoon
black peppercorns
FOR THE PIE CRUST
6 oz
plain flour (all purpose flour)
½ teaspoon
salt
2 oz
unsalted butter
1 oz
lard or vegetable shortening
3 - 4 tablespoons
ice water
FOR THE PIE FILLING
6 oz
unsalted butter
1 large
onion
3
carrots
3 sticks
celery
2 oz
plain flour (all purpose flour)
1 pint
milk
1 teaspoon
fresh thyme
4 tablespoons
dry sherry
4 oz
frozen or fresh peas
2 tablespoons
chopped parsley
2 teaspoons
salt
½ teaspoon
freshly ground pepper
1
egg

 

How to Cook Chicken Pot Pie

  1. First of all, place the butter and lard (or shortening) in the fridge to chill. Now cook the chicken using our Easy Cook Chicken recipe. Allow the chicken too cool for about 15 minutes, then strip off all the meat and set aside. Use the bones to make a chicken stock using our Chicken Stock recipe. Set aside 1¼ pints (½ litre) of the stock for this recipe. The remaining stock you can refrigerate and store for another purpose.
  2. While you are cooking the chicken and making the stock, you can prepare everything else. First off, to make the crust, combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Chop the chilled butter and lard (shortening) into ½" (1cm) cubes and add slowly to the flour and salt, kneading with your hands all the time to mix well. If you have a food processor, you can add the chilled butter cubes and pulse five times to combine, then add the shortening and pulse a few more times, until the dough resembles a coarse cornmeal, with some pea-sized pieces of butter.
  3. Slowly stream in the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, pulsing (or hand-mixing) after each addition, until the dough sticks together when you press some between your fingers. Place the dough on a clean, lightly-floured surface. Use your hands to mould into a ball, then flatten the ball into a disk. Sprinkle with a little more flour, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or up to 2 days if you want to prepare ahead of time), before rolling.
  4. Chicken Pot PieTo make the pie filling, first cut or roughly break the chicken meat into bite-size pieces. Peel and dice the onion, peel and thinly slice the carrots on the diagonal and thinly slice the celery on the diagonal. Then, in a large frying pan (skillet), melt the butter on a medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery, and cook gently until the onions are translucent - about 10 minutes. Chicken Pot PieAdd the flour and cook, stirring, one minute more. Whisk in the 1¼ pints (½ litre) of the stock that you set aside, then whisk in the milk. Decrease the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add the chicken meat, thyme, sherry, peas, parsley, salt and pepper and stir well. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Divide the warm filling among six ramekins or place into a deep dish if you are making one large pie.
  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a little less than a quarter-inch thick. Either cut into 6 rounds, slightly larger than the circumference of the ramekins, or one large enough to cover the whole dish. Lay a dough round on each pot pie filling. Fold the excess dough under itself and use the tines of a fork to press the dough against the edge of the ramekins. Cut a 1" (2.5cm) vent into each individual pie (or three vents if you are filling one large dish).
  6. Whisk the egg, adding a tablespoon of water as you do, then use a pastry brush to apply an egg wash to each pie. Place the pies on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated medium-hot oven (Mk 6 - 400ºF - 200ºC) for 25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and the filling is bubbling. Allow the pie (pies) to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

 
Graham GRAHAM'S HOT TIP:
Every time you eat chicken, save the bones and make a stock using our Chicken Stock recipe. That way, when you come to make a recipe like this, you just have to unfreeze a stock that you've already made, and your cooking time is massively reduced.
 
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Reviews of Chicken Pot Pie

Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again December 31 2014
Unlike the previous reviewer, I used a ready made pastry and a stock cube! Even so, the result was truly excellent and I'll be doing it again soon.
(6 reviews)
 
Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again July 08 2014
A bit of a long process but I'd made my mind up to exactly follow the recipe and it was well worth it. The flaky homemade crust was way, way better than anything out of a packet and the stock was certainly superior to using a stock cube. The whole family enjoyed it and scraped the dish clean. What better recommendation could you have?
(4 reviews)
 

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