Preparation Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Cooking Time: Approximately 45-50 minutes
Total Time: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
For the Crust:
- 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cold unsalted butter (cut into small cubes)
- 6-8 tablespoons ice water
For the Filling:
- 2 chicken breasts (cooked and shredded)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 2 carrots (chopped)
- 2 stalks celery (chopped)
- 1/2 cup peas (frozen or canned)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1.5 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- Salt, pepper, thyme (optional) – to taste
- Preparing the Crust: In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the cold, cubed butter and use your hands to work the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water one tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preparing the Filling: Cook the chicken breasts, shred them, and set aside. In a pot, melt the butter and sauté the chopped onion, carrots, and celery until they soften.
- Add the flour and cook for a minute, then gradually stir in the chicken broth and milk. Keep stirring until the sauce thickens.
- Add the shredded chicken and frozen peas to the sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and thyme (if using). Mix well and remove from heat.
- Assembling the Pot Pie: Preheat your oven to 190°C (375°F). Roll out one portion of the crust on a floured surface to fit the bottom of your pie dish.
- Transfer the chicken filling into the pie dish, spreading it evenly.
- Roll out the second portion of the crust and place it over the filling. Trim any excess dough and crimp the edges to seal.
- Use a knife to create slits on the top crust to allow steam to escape.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before slicing and serving.
Chicken Pot Pie is a delicious comfort food that’s perfect for cozy evenings. Enjoy your homemade creation!
Remember that measurements and cooking times can vary, so adjust the recipe to your preferences and equipment.