Monday, February 13, 2012

Baby It's Cold Outside (Chicken Pot Pie Recipe)

It's been way too cold outside this past weekend.... and my allergies are kicking my arse.  I need something to heal me.... and fortify me before I brave the cold AGAIN tonight in the name of selling Girl Scout Cookies.
  • So, I will make my favorite Girl Scout's Favorite meal.

Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread Topping
  • 5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • Cornbread topping {see below}

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F 

  • In large oven proof pan melt butter [guess what?  Yes, I used my Enameled Dutch Oven], add onions, saute for a couple minutes before adding the chicken, carrots, greenbeans, and celery cook until chicken no longer pink on exterior at all [approximately 10 minutes]. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and tarragon, cook until flour no longer raw approximately 4 minutes. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and make cornbread topping.

For the topping I use a modified version of a Cobbler Topping from Fine Cooking [Aug/Sept 2011 Issue].  It's a little sweet and a little savory and a LOT yum!

Cornbread Topping
1 C. Flour
1/2 C. Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 TBSP Butter cold
1/3 C. Cornmeal
1/2 C. Buttermilk

In small food processor blend Flour, sugar, baking powder, salt & butter until consistency of small peas.  Put in mixing bowl and blend in cornmeal and buttermilk until evenly moistened.

The dough will be quite sticky and thick, using large spoon put in 7-8 "dumplings" on top of chicken mixture [wetting the spoon in between with cold water helps it not stick].

Bake for 25-30 minutes  or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly.  Serve immediately :)

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  1. My sister suggested a similar recipe she had tried so I went on a search. I appreciate the lack of canned soups, vegetables and box mixes in yours without compromising flavors. Your story is also very touching thank you. :o)

    1. I appreciate your comment a lot. You definitely won't find a lot of canned "crap" in my recipes although it does on occasion pop into those old Grandma recipes! I hope you'll stop by again :)