Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nancy's Made From Scratch Chicken Pot Pie + Giveaway

Yesterday I announced a $70 CSN giveaway which you can enter by clicking HERE.  Please do!

I also mentioned that I'd made Trev's favorite, homemade from scratch Chicken Pot Pie.  This is a perfect comfort food to enjoy on  a blustery winters day.  It's literally a meal in itself and we like it so much that we don't want anything else with it - except a second helping, which suits us all fine at my house. 
I skipped breakfast this morning and had leftovers for brunch.


Nancy's Chicken Pot Pie (Trevor's favorite)


4 boneless chicken breasts
1 lg. yellow onion
2-3 carrots, diced into bite sized pieces
1 cup fresh green beans cut into bite sized pieces (I've tried both canned and frozen to find that the texture is not the same and they have a negative impact on the flavor of the pie)
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
salt
pepper, coarse ground
1 can whole kernel corn


4 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
about 5-6 tblsp all purpose flour
3-4 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk or 1/2 and 1/2 or a mixture of both




In the pics below, you might notice that I am using more of the ingredients than I call for above.  I usually make about twice of what I wrote down because I usually cook for 8 and we like to have leftovers.  


I start with fresh veggies


Place whole chicken breasts, cut green beans, onion and carrots in a pot of water. 


Add a little salt and boil for about 20 minutes.

Add potatoes and boil another 12-15 minutes, until potatoes are tender. 
 

Remove from heat, take out the chicken breasts and set aside.



Drain the remaining veggies in a colander and add one can of corn, allowing it to drain.


Fold together so the potatoes don't begin to get mashed up



Remove any fat or skin from the chicken breasts and then cube into bite sized pieces or tear into little chunks.
Fold chicken into the vegetable mixture.



Spread this mixture into a lightly greased or buttered baking dish, or individual casseroles.  I did both here.  Salt and pepper generously. Set aside while you make the sauce.


To make the sauce, combine the butter and onion in a skillet and cook until onion is tender, about 20 minutes over medium heat.






Add the flour and stir constantly to make a thick, pasty mixture.  





Add the chicken broth, a little at a time, and stir until smooth and free of any lumps.



Add milk or 1/2 and 1/2


Don't worry if the sauce seems too thin.  It will thicken while baking in the oven.  This is how it will look before pouring over the veggie and chicken mixture.


Pour the liquid mixture over the chicken and veggies.  You want the liquid to completely cover the vegetables, and then some.  We like it kinda saucy at my house.  None of my pictures of this came out. ;-(  sorry

Pie Crust

Most of the time I cheat and use a store bought pie crust.  The past two times I've made this  though, I have made my own crust.   As for store bought, I like Pet Ritz.  When it comes to homemade, I've made crusts with Crisco and real butter.  I found this butter recipe online at allrecipes.com and every reviewer gave it five out of five stars. I agree with the reviews.  Yum!

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
1/4 cup ice water
(I added a little pepper)


In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.  Cut in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in water a little at a time, until the mixture forms a ball.  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight.

 Remove from fridge and roll out in the shape of your pan to completely cover it, or roll it so that you can cut into strips if you want a lattice top.  Bake at 350°  for about 40-50 minutes or until crust is done (individual pies may cook a little faster)



Here are the finished individual pies.  The sauce bubbled over while they baked so that's what you see all over the sides of the pots.  Next time, I'll use less sauce to begin with.




The reason I am not showing you a picture of my big chicken pot pie is because I didn't take one and that is because if you saw that you'd probably skip this whole post and recipe altogether!  I made a huge one in a lasagna dish, about 12" x 16" and my crust started sinking in the middle with the liquid coming up to the top.  It still tasted just as good as the others, but looks wise...it got an F-.  
Although, I must say it doesn't look too bad served up in my red transferware bowls...I mean the crust gets all messed up anyway, and no one here noticed anything but the taste.  So, I guess that means it turned out okay after all.  





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27 comments:

  1. Looks great Nancy, the individual ones are cute! We love Pot Pie, my sons insist on cranberry sauce on the side, very good! Enjoy:@)

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  2. Ahhh! As I sit here waiting for the family to get home so I can eat! LOL. They look wonderful Nancy :)! I love pot pie.

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  3. Looks great and sounds really easy, must add to my list to try this out. Thanks for posting.

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  4. Oh, it just looks soooo delicious, Nancy! May I come over? =]

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  5. That looks so delicious! My family loves chicken potpie and this recipe is a winner. Thanks for telling us to use fresh green beans, otherwise I would use frozen, lol.
    Great pictures by the way.

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  6. That looks so delicious! My family loves chicken pot pie. Thanks for the information about the green beans, otherwise I would use frozen,lol.

    Great pictures!

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  7. Nancy, I used to eat alot of chicken pot pies in college. These look fab! Love them in the individual pots. Joni

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  8. Hi Nancy - homemade chicken pot pie is one of our family's favorites. My white sauce is very similar to yours. I always make a huge batch too. Nice post!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  9. Oh, your pictures look SO good and what better comfort food than chicken pot pie. Love the little individual pies...cute dishes (of course!)

    Donna

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  10. Thank goodness Chicken Pot Pie is one of the very few things my child will eat! I am going to try this over the weekend, my friend!
    Thank you for taking the time to show us!

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  11. Wow. That didn't look too hard. My hubby loves pot pies and I don't. However I might try these because my mouth was watering while I was reading your great turtorial! Thanks!
    ~Rainey~
    http://theprojecttable.blogspot.com

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  12. Hmmmm, a perfect dish for this ice & snow weather! They look delicious and so pretty too. Thanks for all the pics and the hint re: green beans. I will definitely be making this!

    Pat

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  13. This looks fabulous! You have a great blog. I too am hosting a giveaway on my blog...hope to see you there:-) hugs Anu

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  14. My husband would be in heaven sitting down to dine at this meal. Beautiful food photos! ~ Sarah

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  15. Chicken pot pie is one of my favorites!! I love the idea of making individual bowls. I will have to find some oven safe dishes to use!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  16. omg your pie looks super delicious. I make a good one too, but not as yummy looking as this one.

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  17. YUMMY...one of our favorite comfort meals!

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  18. Your pot pies are beautiful! Not only do I love that lattice crust (I'll have to try that the next time), but your casseroles are adorable. They look like little plant pots.

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  19. This looks delicious. I love pot pie, but I have never made it in ramekins before. What a great idea!

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  20. looks delicious! i love chicken pot pie and your recipe packs so many yummy veg in there. stopping by from 504 main!

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  21. I make chicken pot pie too, but the little, individual ones are a GREAT idea! Made me very hungry and now I have to go grab a BLAND lunch! Happy weekend - Tanya

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  22. Looks super delish! Now I'm off to enter the giveaway ;) ....

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  23. Hi Nancy, I love homemade chicken pot pie, but have forgotten to put in on the menu. Thank you for your delicious looking reminder ;). I cheat a little and use the Pillsb. boxed crust, shh, don't tell. Hugs, Kim

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  24. This looks so good! I'd love to have some right now, it is the perfect meal for cold weather. I'll be making this soon! Thanks for commenting on my poor cake! Have a great weekend!

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  25. Wow, looks wonderful. I really need to do this for my crew!

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  26. We love POT PIE ! Even low carbing, I have to make this at least once a month in the winter.
    I've been cheating and using store bought boxed crusts, and making the sauce rather thick since I lay my meat and veggies along with the sauce on one half of the crust, fold over, crimp, poke a few holes int he top and bake like a big hot pocket.
    Your recipe is one I will use though. I like it in a casserole dish.
    Found you clicking through "Common Ground" blog.
    You have a beautiful blog with lovely pics.

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