Happy New Years!!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your friends and loved ones the past few weeks! The word on the street from the people I know is that it was filled with a lot of great food and fun times. And now here we are in 2018, about to embark on a new journey of resolutions, new perspectives and mindsets – or we can at least hope we can follow through on at least 1 item on our “to do” lists for 2018 right?
Well, one thing I have to say has always remained consistent throughout the years, is a small group of ladies in my community that I’ve met and their level of generosity. When I had each of my 3 children, the Moms group of a local church in my area provided my family and I with hot meals for about a month, so we could just focus on getting used to our growing family and new routines. (That’s 3 months of meals for 3 kids!!) It was so wonderful not having to worry about what to cook with a newborn in the house and him wanting to be fed around the clock!
One meal in particular was our absolute favorite, after our first baby was born, and it was the “Chicken Pot Pie.” And, I believe it was the first meal delivered by one of our friends in the Moms group and completely unexpected. Not only was the pot pie incredibly delicious, it was just this random act of kindness that blew me away! People I had just met were willing to cook me meals AND drop them off hot, right to my doorstep?? What??
That was in 2009. From then on, I’ve been making Chicken Pot Pie in my own home, but use this particular recipe as my “Pay it Forward” Pot Pie to other moms who have just had kids and need a hot meal. To us, its just an ordinary meal, but to someone else, it may be a major relief in the midst of their situation. So why not just make 2 and drop it off to someone who needs it this 2018?
CHICKEN POT PIE
- For the CRUST:
- 2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
- 1 Tsp. Salt
- 2/3 Cup of Crisco shortening
**Beat together in Mixer on Medium Speed. Then Add 7 Tbsp. of ice water and blend on low speed till dough forms. Take out of blender, pat together and then divide into 2 even balls of dough. Roll out into large rounds.
- For the PIE FILLING:
- 10oz. bag of frozen peas/carrots
- 1/3 Cup of butter
- 1/3 Cup of All Purpose Flour
- 1/3 Cup of chopped onions (small pieces)
- 1/2 Tsp. salt
- 1/2 Tsp. black pepper
- 2 Cups of Chicken Broth (fresh, canned, etc.)
- 2 1/2 Cups of chopped cooked chicken (2-3 cooked chicken breasts)
- 2/3 Cup whole milk
- Melt butter in pan.
- Stir in chopped onions and flour and allow to brown for 2-3 minutes till it turns into a roux.
- Add salt, pepper, chicken broth and milk.
- Allow to simmer about 7-10 minutes or until it thickens.
- Add veggies and chopped chicken and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
- Put 1 of the rolled out pie crusts into bottom of 10in. pie plate. (My pie plate was a little bigger so I had to use some extra dough to build up my base.)
- Put Pie mixture into the pie plate.
- Put the 2nd rolled out pie crust on top of mixture and slit top several times to allow steam to come through and fully cook the crust.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once baked, remove from oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Now in Step 8 – FEEL FREE to be creative with your top pie crust layer. I made mine right around the holidays, so I wanted my pot pie to look a little festive. I just rolled out my dough and used a small round cookie cutter to make circles, and then slit them a few times in a pattern. BUT, on other days I’ve just kept it simple with a flat pie crust layer, like in traditional chicken pot pies. You can do it however you want, but just make sure the thickness is consistent on both layers for even cooking.
I hope you enjoy this Chicken Pot Pie as much as my family and I do. AND I hope you will take the opportunity to share your food with those around you, especially those who could use a little extra support at the moment. :o)
May the Happiest of Days come your way this year! I wish you much love, success and inner strength to accomplish whatever you have in mind…this is YOUR year!