when the april showers turn on and days don't feel quite like spring, i always feel like devouring something warm and packed with cooked veggies and homebaked. once i learned that the boxed up, processed frozen pot pies are possibly the worst thing available in the grocery store, i've been going through major pot pie withdrawals. and i imagined i'd have to buy pie weights to wrap my brain around a from-scratch pot pie recipe. however, this one is simple! no pie weights necessary. this features normal ingredients and you can easily find store bought crusts. i am going to try Trader Joes brand next time (i hear they are delicious)! ready set go, lets make chicken pot pie.
Simply Delicious Chicken Pot Pie
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1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts, chopped
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. celery seed
1 3/4 cups chicken broth (saved from cooking chicken)
2/3 cup milk
Two (9" unbaked) pie crusts
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain (saving liquid for broth) and set aside.
In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
Prep a 9.5" pie dish with your bottom crust. Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture (should be thick like gravy) over and stir lightly to combine. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Note: This is a super easy recipe to double. After adding the top crust and slicing little air holes, allow the pies to rest and cool, then stick one in the freezer before baking!