One meal that The Kid, Hubby, and I can agree upon is roasted chicken. It’s one of my favorite meals because it’s easy to prepare, the flavor is great, and I can make several meals out of one bird. The first meal we make is usually served hot out of the oven with carrots and potatoes. The second is a freebie, and the third is made of leftovers – plus there’s always broth to make from the bones, leftover meat, and skin.
Chicken Pie is our most recent favorite freebie meal. It can be made with any seasonal vegetables, and with dairy-free alternatives. You could also substitute beef, pork, or skip the meat altogether. I’m personally looking forward to mushroom season, and am thinking of a topless tomato and zucchini version for summertime. Right now we’re fortunate that peas, carrots, early potatoes and spring onions are in.
- 1/2 roasted chicken (we roast with onion, carrot, rosemary, carrot, celery, salt, and pepper. Feel free to eat your veggies. You’ll make more for this recipe)
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 minced onion
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped. Save leaves for seasoning.
- 2 medium potatoes, chopped into small pieces
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup fresh peas
- 1 cup cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1 sprig rosemary
Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add vegetables, salt & pepper, and thyme to pan. Tuck rosemary and parsley leaves to the side of a pan and do not disturb. If you have any remaining juices from baking your chicken feel free to add them for flavor. Cook vegetables until softened, but not done.
Add chicken, cream and milk and cook long enough to reheat chicken and flavor dairy.
Remove rosemary and parsley, then pour mixture into a large bowl. Once cool enough, add flour to bowl and mix in with hands. Set to the side and prepare dough.
- 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour, plus some for dusting
- 2 Tbsp Demerera sugar or about 1 Tbsp granulated cane sugar
- 2 Tbsp kosher salt
- 3/4 cup melted butter
- 1 cup ice-cold water
- 2 Tbsp melted butter
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and salt.
Pour in 3/4 cup melted butter and mix with a spoon. Add 1 cup water and use hands to incorporate everything together loosely.
On a flat surface, sprinkle extra flour and pour your dough out to work. Mix dough by hand for at least 30 seconds making sure that the dough is smooth, but not overly wet. If it seems too wet add more flour.
Cut dough in half and roll out to fit in bottom of 8-9 inch pie pan. We use a round cake pan.
Add filling, roll out top crust, and crimp closed. Place on a lined cookie sheet to prevent dripping.
Cut several slits in top crust or use a pie bird, then brush remaining butter on crust, and bake for 1 hour. The interior should be good a bubbly.
When it’s done, allow the pie to rest for 15 minutes prior to serving – if you can wait that long.
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