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How To Make Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

March 29th, 2014 Cooking

Chicken pot pie has made a bit of a comeback recently as a comfort food for all occasions. Depending on its preparation, homemade chicken pot pie can be a great dish to add to a potluck meal or even as a single-serving treat. With certain low-calorie ingredients, fresh chicken and plenty of vegetables, chicken pot pie can satisfy even the most stringent of nutrient requirements.

That is, if it's cooked from scratch. Store-bought varieties may include high levels of sodium and processed chicken that strip them of much of the nutritional content. Making homemade chicken pot pie not only ensures that you know what's gone into this time-honored comfort food, but also provides a level of personalization and customization that you just can't get from supermarket brands.

Getting started
Like any home-cooked meal worth its salt, the whole process starts with quality ingredients. Of course, no homemade chicken pot pie is complete without chicken, and All Recipes recommended 1 pound of the meat for a meal that would serve eight. 

For the pie filling, All Recipes said you'll want to gather 1 cup of carrots, 1 cup of green peas, 1/2 cup of celery, 1/3 cup of butter, 1/3 cup of onions, 1/3 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of celery seeds, 1 3/4 cups of chicken broth and 2/3 cup of milk.

While you preheat an oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, chop and combine the chicken, carrots, peas and celery into a saucepan. Let those ingredients simmer in water for 15 minutes and remove from heat.

Next, soften the onions in butter until they begin to caramelize, then add the flour, salt, pepper and celery seeds. Add the chicken broth and milk slowly so as not to drown the other ingredients all at once. Wait until this mixture naturally thickens over medium heat and then set it all aside.

Making the crust
Ask ten people what their favorite part of homemade chicken pot pie is and nine of them will pick the crust. However, whether it's used for dessert or dinner, a finely crafted crust can be difficult to get just right.

Fortunately, homemaking website OneGoodThing.com provided a "fool-proof" pie crust recipe that everyone should be able to follow. With 4 cups of flour, 1 3/4 cups of shortening, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 egg and 1/2 cup of water, this crunchy topping will kick your homemade chicken pot pie into the next level.

First, mix the flour, shortening sugar and salt until it takes on a rough consistency. Add the vinegar, egg and water next. This mixing process can be slightly tricky, because you'll want to whisk fast enough for the wet ingredients to spread evenly throughout the mixture, but not so rapidly that the dough is strung out.

Cool the dough for 15 minutes and then roll it into your desired shape - either one big crust to cover a large serving or smaller strips for individual designs.