Yield: Yields six 12-ounce pies, or one 2-quart pie.
A flameproof roasting pan is key to this recipe. The chicken and vegetables are cooked in the same pan, which you’ll also use to make a flavorful sauce.
Heat the oven to 375°F. Rub the chicken with 1 Tbs. of the olive oil and sprinkle generously, inside and out, with salt and pepper.
Toss the potatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, and mushrooms with the remaining 2 Tbs. olive oil and the chopped herbs.
Set the chicken upside down in a large flameproof roasting pan and scatter the vegetables around the chicken. Roast for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring the vegetables several times.
Remove the chicken from the pan to cool. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and reserve them in a bowl, with the peas. Don’t rinse out the roasting pan.
Pour the fat and juices into a measuring cup or gravy separator. Spoon or pour the fat away from the juice; reserve the fat. Add the juices to the chicken stock. Measure out the fat and add enough butter (if needed) to make 6 Tbs.
Put the roasting pan (which should still have the caramelized bits from the chicken and vegetables) on the stove over medium heat. Pour in the 6 Tbs. of fat and butter mixture; when it’s melted and bubbling, add the flour and stir constantly to make a smooth roux. Scrape up any caramelized remains from the chicken and vegetables. Cook the roux, stirring constantly, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock, bring to a boil, and simmer. Continue to stir and scrape the bottom of the pan. Cook the sauce for at least 15 minutes, whisking occasionally, until it’s as thick as heavy cream. Season with salt, pepper, and more herbs to taste.
When the chicken has cooled, pull the meat from the bones, discarding the skin and bones. Cut the meat into small (1/2- to 1-inch ) chunks and set aside.
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Choose six 12-oz. ovenproof bowls or one 2-qt. casserole.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Lay it on a floured board and roll it out 1/8 inch thick into a 20×16-inch rectangle. Set the dishes (or dish) for the pot pie upside down on the dough and cut around the rims with a knife or pastry cutter. (If you like extra pastry, cut the pastry a little larger than the top of the dishes.) Stack the pastry pieces on a plate, separating each with waxed paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Divide the chicken, vegetables, and sauce among the dishes. Lay the pastry on top, pressing along the edge of the dish to seal.
Blend the egg yolk and cream. Brush the mixture onto the pastry with a pastry brush.
Put the pies on a baking sheet to catch any drips. Bake on the center rack in the 400°F oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the crust is thoroughly browned and puffed. Steam will escape along the edges of the pastry.
I use puff pastry instead of the pie crust. It is delicious!
Absolutely the BEST pot pies! I used the rustic pie crust recipe, and it was also fantastic. The only things I did differently than what the recipe called for was I used boneless skinless thighs and baked them off prior to adding the vegetables to a sheet pan. I did throw all the vegetables in a large skillet for about 10 minutes prior to putting them with the chicken on the sheet pan in the oven. I made 4 pies with the recipe, so if you're serving it for a dinner party, I'd make a double recipe to ensure everyone has enough (my husband finished his entire serving) and some to take home if they'd like; believe me they will! ;-) Everything turned out exceptionally well. Another hit from Fine Cooking!
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