This is the definitive pot pie recipe: a creamy chicken stew loaded with onions, peas, mushrooms, and carrots, and baked under a rich, flaky crust. It’s comfort in a bowl.
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Turn the crumbs onto a large piece of plastic wrap and gather into a pile. With the heel of your hand, gently smear the dough away from you until the crumbs come together (two or three smears should do it). Shape the dough into a 4-inch square, wrap tightly in the plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
Add 1 Tbs. oil to the pot and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add the mushrooms. Cook without stirring for 1 minute. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until well browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to the bowl of chicken.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil and then the onions and carrots to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the edges are browned, 8 to 9 minutes. Add the garlic and stir constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds more. Scrape the vegetables into the bowl of chicken and mushrooms.
Melt the butter in the same pot over low heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until the texture, which will be clumpy at first, loosens and smooths out, about 4 minutes. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and half-and-half. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to low and add the potatoes, chicken, and vegetables (and any accumulated juice), and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Partially cover the pot and simmer gently (adjusting the heat as necessary), stirring occasionally, until the potatoes and carrots are just tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Stir in the peas, sherry, parsley, thyme, and mustard. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Let the dough soften slightly at room temperature, about 20 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 1/8-inch-thick rectangle. With a round cookie cutter (or using a plate as a guide), cut 6 dough circles that are slightly wider than the inner diameter of the bowls (re-roll the scraps if necessary). Cut one small X in the center of each circle.
Top each bowl of stew with a dough round. With your fingertips, gently press the dough down into the edge of the stew, so that it flares up the sides of the bowl.
Make Ahead Tips
The dough for the crust can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for about 1 hour before rolling.
The filling can be prepared through the step of adding the peas and seasonings, cooled and refrigerated for up to 8 hours.
The pot pies can be assembled and refrigerated, covered, for up to 1 day before baking and serving.
Flavors were good, but the instructions need help. First, it was dry. Second, I don't see how the proportions of ingredients fit into 6 2-cup bowls.
I made this tonight and used less (turkey) meat and less potatoes that the recipe called for. I measured and weighed all the other ingredients. This resulted in twice the amount of filling that was require. For me, I did not have 6 2-cup *oven proof* bowls so I used 1 Emile Henry 9 inch pie dish and still had enough for a second pie dish left over.
Beware: for the pastry's ingredients, it does not mention cold water until the instructions. (Better to list water, if it is added, to the ingredients section.) Then, if you only add 3 Tbsp water, it results in a dry, crumbly pastry. Word to the wise: use your favorite short pastry recipe.
Love FC cooking recipes, but don't follow this one that closely. Enjoy the ingredient combination, but use your best instincts to make it better.
Loved it. Used store bought pie crust and used up a whole bunch of leftovers. Didn't have chicken broth so made up the liquid with the leftover vermouth sauce from https://www.finecooking.com/recipe/rosemary-and-orange-slow-roasted-duck and about 1/2 cup of cream of mushroom soup that was in the fridge from another recipe. Perhaps that provided the "extra zing" SoCo18 mentioned....
Cook potatoes at least an extra 10 min - it needed that to get them "soft"
I would add extra carrots and peas and cut down on the potatoes next time
This recipe made enough for 3 large individual crocks and an individual pie I popped into the freezer for a work night.
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