Since the rain continued through out the day, I stayed on the yummy warm comfort food path. I made individual Chicken Pot Pies, a big favorite in my house. I use the pastry dough from Trader Joe’s, it saves on time, but I always make my own chicken stock. There is nothing like homemade stock. Take the time to whip up a big pot and freeze it for future use, you’ll be glad its there. I’ll post my method for chicken stock next.
These are great to freeze for lunches. I’ve even froze a bunch, packed them in my suitcase and flew to Seattle, they arrived cold and ready for the oven. They’ve been a big hit for dinner parties as well.
Be sure to gather good veggies for this recipe, celery that’s bright green and has that salty crisp to it. Fresh herbs and sweet young carrots. As for the chicken breast, you can use already cooked chicken from the store, but it’s so easy to cook up your own.
I take the chicken breast and pound them out really thin in a zip lock bag, then season with ground white pepper and mineral salt. These will cook very quickly in a saute pan with very little oil. They come out super moist and delicious. Tear them up in whatever size pieces you want, don’t chop it, it looks too commercial chopped. Really, you can do whatever you want, I’m just saying.
Photo note: The first picture was from a previous cooking session, I just liked how the pastry came out on these.The remaining pictures were taken at night and appear a bit blurry. Bare with me, I’m working out my lighting issues. All these were taken with my iphone.
- 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped potatoes, blanched in boiling salted water- optional
- 1 cup frozen peas thawed
- 2 cups torn up cooked chicken breast
- 1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
- 2 tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 cups fresh homemade hot chicken stock
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 (17.3-ounce) package frozen pastry, thawed
- 1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon of milk
Place each one in the bottom of the ramekin and bake the bottoms for 10-15 minutes or until browned nicely. Cut the remaining pastry into 6 rounds to fit the top of the ramekins, set aside in fridge on a baking sheet.
Place chilling uncooked pastry atop each pie, brush with egg wash and slice a few half inch vents in the pastry tops.
Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until browned and bubbly.
Serve with Cole Slaw on the side.