Out of nowhere I had a request for chicken pot pie. Before Crohn’s and food issues hit us, I cannot remember ever making or buying chicken pot pie. I’ve made shepherd’s pie, but that’s about it. So, I’m not sure where the initial inspiration came from, but I thought, sure, let’s do it. I’m up for the challenge.
I checked one website before I embarked on this recipe exploration, and I found a great guide, as I do many times, at Simply Recipes. So here is another current favorite in our house.
I’ve made this dish three times now, and each time the kids have loved it. Besides this being a nice dinner entree, they eat it for breakfast, and bring it for lunch – with the friendly reminder to bring back the ramekin, pleeaassee. “The what? Oh, the dish – ok.”
Chicken Pot Pie
Filling (makes about 4 individual small pot pies)
- 2-3 cups of shredded chicken (I usually use leftover roasted chicken)
- 2 cups of chicken stock (or water)
- 1/2 cup of almond milk (or other milk, or yogurt works too!)
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 1 cup of peas (or more)
- 1/2 teaspoon of thyme, dried
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
- add other stuff you like – mushrooms, onions, string beans, you name it
- dash of black pepper
- 4 ramekins (approx. 7 ounce capacity)
Alternatively, use your favorite crust recipe. You may not need all of this crust, so either cut the recipe ingredients in half, or freeze half in a sealed container or plastic bag). This dough freezes ok, not great, so try I prefer to store it in the refrigerator and use it as soon as possible. A great alternative is this biscuit recipe, which I now use because it’s a bit thicker and bakes up firmer.
3 cups of blanched almond flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces 2 eggs
- Boil all the filling ingredients except for the almond milk, in a saucepan or frying pan for about 10 minutes, or until the celery and carrots begin to soften.
- Remove 1 cup of chicken stock (the liquid in the mixture) and add the almond milk and simmer for another 5 minutes or so, until the flavor is developed.
- Make the crust by combining all the ingredients in a food processor, or combine by hand.
- Add some filling to a ramekin.
- Take a small ball of dough, flatten it to a disk size, and place it over the filled ramekin. Repeat for all your ramekins until the filling is used up. You won’t need all the dough in this recipe.
- Bake the ramekins at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes or until the crust is browned.
- Cool and enjoy. These are hot, and we’re usually impatient, so I serve them with a napkin rapped around them.