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Chicken Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust

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Serves 4

  • by Ellie Krieger from The Food You Crave

This recipe satisfies my most intense pot-pie yearnings, but it's a bit more sophisticated than the familiar food of my childhood. I skip the lunch-room vegetable mix in favor of keeping it all green and white inside with aromatic leeks, crisp green beans, fresh herbs, and chunks of chicken and potato smothered in a creamy sauce, topped with a flaky blanket of phyllo.

  • Cooking spray
  • 1-1/4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 leeks, bottom 4 inches only, trimmed, washed well, and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 medium white potatoes, left unpeeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1-1/2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup peas, thawed if frozen
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • 2 Tbs. freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat 4 individual-size baking dishes with cooking spray.

Season the chicken with 1/4 tsp.of the salt and 1/4 tsp. of the pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tsp. of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown, about 2-1/2 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

Add 2 more tsp. of oil, the leeks, and celery to the pan and cook, stirring a few times, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the potatoes, green beans, garlic, and the remaining 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook for 2 minutes more, stirring to combine everything. Add the milk. Stir the flour into the broth until dissolved and add to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken, peas, parsley, and thyme. Spoon the mixture into the baking dishes.

Put the remaining 1-2/3 Tbs, oil in a small bowl. Unroll the phyllo dough and cut it into quarters. Place a quarter-sheet on top of each baking dish and brush with the oil. Repeat layering with all three layers. Tuck the edges of the phyllo into the dish rim. Sprinkle the top of each pie with the Parmigiano.

Place on a baking sheet and bake until the filling is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Serve hot.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 585; Fat (g): 13; Fat Calories (kcal): 117; Saturated Fat (g): 3; Protein (g): 50; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7; Carbohydrates (g): 70; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Sodium (mg): 960; Cholesterol (mg): 88; Fiber (g): 8;

Photo: Christopher Hirsheimer

This is my second time making this dish. I like it though the first time it was a little bland. Not this time. I added carrots but kept the green beans too. I like the lightness of phyllo rather than pastry dough. To spice it up a bit and make it a little more savory, I add a small amount of soy sauce to the chicken and let it sit for a few mins then seasoned the chicken with the thyme, salt, pepper and garlic salt. I used more salt and pepper than the recipe called for and the result was exactly what I wanted. The chicken had a more peppery flavor. I'm not accustom to using leeks but I like them and will use again. But I really like shallots and so may switch to shallots next time. This recipe worked very well for me. The pot pie was delicious and flavorful. It's one of my favorite comfort foods and it should always be just perfect. My husband loved it.

The recipe DOES have onion (leeks) and garlic. In my experience there was too much liquid compared to other recipes. I think there may be a mistake in the addition of flour. Usually flour is combined with a fat to make a roux before whisking in liquid ingredients. Nice combination of green vegetables. Chicken Pot Pie is a comfort food, and is not generally known for striking flavors.

I thought this was a pretty good substitute for really high fat chicken pot pie. I've made it a couple of times and have substituted carrots for green beans and shallots for leeks. I could see throwing in some mushrooms sometimes and making a beef pot pie as well. I think it's a good basic recipe that allows you have a fattening favorite in a healthy way.

Ina Garten's chicken pot pie recipe is the best! This recipe lacks onion and garlic, also I am particularly a fan of the traditional chicken pot pit that consists of chicken, peas and carrots.

The flavor of this dish was really flat and boring, and it wasn't due to a lack of salt. I will never make it again.

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