Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie is one of my husband’s favorite comfort foods. It’s easy to make it extra special by making individual pot pies in smaller baking dishes. Of course, it can be made as one large dish for the family to share. Regardless of the dish it is baked in, it is always sure to please!
Begin by making the sauce. Start by sauteing the onion and celery. Make sure that you cook it as long as you would for any other dish, as they won’t get too much more done in the oven.
The flour and spices get added to the mix next. Let it cook with the onion and celery for about a minute or so to cook out the raw flavor of the flour.
Next, add the broth and milk a little bit at a time. I usually add the broth first, followed by the milk, but there is no reason that you couldn’t add them together or add the milk before the broth. Just be sure to stir very well between additions to make sure the sauce is smooth and not lumpy. It’s very similar to making the sauce for my favorite macaroni and cheese dish.
Let the sauce bubble for a little while to thicken. Once it’s nice and thick, add the chicken and veggies.
Line your baking dish (or dishes) with pie crust. I have a certain recipe that I highly recommend!
Pour the mix into the crust(s) and top with the remaining pie crust. Flute the edges and brush with the beaten egg.
Bake in a preheated oven until the crust is golden brown. Let the pot pie cool slightly before serving.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add celery and onion. Saute until onion is translucent and celery is tender, about 5 minutes. Add flour and mix well. Cook and stir about 1 minute. Gradually stir in broth and milk, stirring very well between additions to avoid lumps. Bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened.
Line a 2-quart baking dish with pie crust. Mix together chicken, veggies, and sauce. Pour into crust. Top with remaining pie crust and flute edges. Cut small slits in dough to vent steam. Brush top with egg and bake at 400 degrees F for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until crust is golden brown Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.