Chicken Pot Pie

Author: Canadian Living

In high season, David Hammonds, executive chef at The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, prepares about 4,000 meals a day. This sumptuous pie is one of his secrets for making a splash without cooking all day.

  • Portion size 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 celery chopped
  • 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch each salt and pepper
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast cubed
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 pkg (397 g) frozen puff pastry thawed
  • 1 egg beaten

Method

In large saucepan, bring chicken stock, wine, carrots, celery, potato, bay leaf, salt and pepper to boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add chicken; simmer, uncovered, until no longer pink inside, 10 minutes. Skim off any foam. Strain; set aside 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) stock, adding water or chicken stock if necessary. Set aside chicken mixture; discard bay leaf.

In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Whisk in reserved stock until smooth. Bring to boil; cook, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in cream; cook for 2 minutes. Add chicken mixture; stir to coat. (Make-ahead: Transfer to bowl; let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Reheat.) Add peas; transfer to 8-cup (2 L) oval casserole dish.

On floured surface, roll out pastry to fit top of dish plus 1-inch (2.5 cm) extra all around; trim edges. Brush edge of dish with water. Centre pastry over filling; gently press overhang to adhere to dish. Brush with egg; slash 4 steam vents. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven until golden, puffed and filling is bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 570 mg
  • Protein 26 g
  • Calories 539.0
  • Total fat 30 g
  • Cholesterol 124 mg
  • Saturated fat 12 g
  • Total carbohydrate 39 g

%RDI

  • Iron 19.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 25.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 139.0
  • Vitamin C 13.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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