Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie is one of my husband's favorite meals. Before I had met him I had always thought it would be gross and had never attempted to make or even taste one. Well being the good wife I am (wink, wink) I started searching for recipes so I could surprise him with a chicken pot pie when he got home from work one day. After browsing many websites and recipes, I found one that sounded pretty good. Then I tweaked it to fit my own tastes and needs and I want to share that recipe with you! 

Chicken Pot Pie

YIELD: 2 pies

2 cups diced and peeled potatoes
2/3 cup chopped onion
1 cup cubed butter
1 cup flour
1 3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon each of thyme, oregano and basil
3/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups cubed, cooked chicken (I season mine with salt, pepper, oregano, thyme and basil)
3 Cups frozen mixed vegetables
Pastry for 2 double crusts (recipe below)

Boil potatoes until crisp tender. Drain and set aside. In a skillet, saute butter and onion until tender. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and seasonings until blended. Gradually stir in broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken, potatoes and vegetables. Pour into prepared crusts and top with 2nd half of crust. Crimp edges and make a few holes in the top. Bake one pot pie at 425° for 35-40 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. 

Cover and freeze remaining pie for up to 3 months.

Frozen Pie Cooking Directions
Shield crust with foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake for 70-80 more minutes or until crust is golden.

Homemade Double Pie Crust

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
7-9 Tablespoons cold water

Blend the flour and salt together. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until it resembles crumbs. Add water 1 Tablespoon at a time and mix with a fork. Form a ball with the dough. Divide in half and roll out one side for the bottom crust and the other half for the top crust.

NOTE: You will need two double crust recipes to make both Chicken Pot Pie's. Recipe can be halved. 


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