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The Ultimate Chicken Pot Pie | La Bella VIta Cucina

Old-Fashioned Double Crust Chicken Pot Pie

  • Author: Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 - ½ pot pies 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The ultimate in comfort foods, this homemade Chicken Pot Pie is loaded with fresh vegetables and heavenly herbs and spices.  You’ll never want to reach for another store-bought chicken pot pie again. 

Buon Appetito!


Ingredients

Scale

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups flour, plus more for kneading and rolling out the crust
  • 11/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the Filling:

  • 4 Tablespoons regular butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
  • 2 fresh carrots, peeled and cut up 1/4″ pieces (about 2/3 cup)
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 1/4″ pieces (about 1/2 cup)
  • 8 oz. crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked sea salt (table salt is fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (white pepper is also fine)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage, finely minced
  • 11/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 small russet potatoes, cut into 1/4” pieces
  • 21/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 oz. shredded Fontina cheese
  • 1 2-1/2 pound rotisserie chicken with skin and bones discarded, meat shredded into bite-size pieces (3 cups)
  • 1 cup frozen baby peas
  • 1 jumbo egg, lightly beaten

Instructions

For the Crust:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt.
  2. Cut butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender until the mixture is coarse and small pieces of butter remain.
  3. Pour in the buttermilk and stir until incorporated.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, with floured hands, put the ball of dough on the lightly floured surface and sprinkle with a little more flour. The dough will be quite sticky!
  5. Knead a few times until the dough comes together and it’s not so sticky.
  6. Flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap.
  7. Place in the refrigerator for 1 – 24 hours before rolling out.
  8. After the dough has chilled, place the disk on a lightly floured surface and roll out to an 11″ circle.
  9. Carefully pick up the dough and place it in a 9 or 9½” deep dish pie plate.
  10. Trim any excess and fold edges under and crimp.
  11. Place in a 350-degree oven and par-bake for about 10 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven and set aside.

For the Filling:

  1. Place an oven rack on the lowest position and heat the oven to 425 F degrees
  2. Melt butter in a medium-sized pot over medium heat.
  3. Add onions, garlic, carrots, celery, salt, and pepper.  Cook until vegetables are slightly soft for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the mushrooms, sage, and thyme.
  5. Add flour and cook, stirring continually until golden brown for 2 minutes.
  6. Slowly stir in the cream and chicken broth and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
  7. Stir in the shredded Fontina cheese (optional).
  8. Stir in the potatoes and peas.  
  9. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the sauce is thick and the potato is tender, about 10 minutes.
  10. Take the pot off the heat and stir in the chicken.  Add a few more tablespoons of cream if the sauce is too thick.
  11. Place one layer of pie dough on the bottom of the largest pie pan you have — if you don’t have a larger pie pan, then this will make one regular pie size plus one small pie or small casserole.  It is a LOT!
  12. Roll out the second, top layer of pie dough and then very loosely place it around the rolling pin.  Take it over the pie dish with filling and gently ‘unroll’ this dough onto the filling.
  13. Trim overhanging extra dough to about ½” from the edge of the pie dish.
  14. Pinch the bottom layer of pie dough with the top layer of pie dough with your fingers, pressing the two layers of pie dough firmly together.
  15. Cut four 2″ long slits on top of the pie dough.
  16. Brush the top of the pie and edges with beaten egg.
  17. Place the pie on a baking sheet or pizza pan.  
  18. Bake until the top is light golden color, 20 minutes.
  19. With aluminum foil cover the edges of the pie crust or use a pie crust shield to prevent the edges from becoming too brown. 
  20. Reduce oven temperature to 375 F degrees, rotate the pot pie, and bake for another 10 minutes until the top crust is a deep golden brown.
  21. Allow the pie to set and cool on a wire rack for at least 45 minutes.

Buon Appetito!

Mangia,

Roz


Notes

Recipe influenced by America’s Test Kitchen.  Pie crust recipe is a creation of Roz Corieri Paige and not credited to ATK.

Keywords: Chicken Pot Pie

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