Monday, November 10, 2008

SG's Chicken Pot Pie

There was snow on the ground when we woke up today. I stuck my tongue out at it.

My grumpy feelings aside, the harnessed excitement and energy the sight of snow generates in two little boys could power a small city.

Goodbye, fall. Hello, Midwest winter.

There is one dish that I love to make as soon as the weather turns cold.

Chicken Pot Pie.

I developed this recipe after making it over and over and over and fiddling with the ingredients and flavors to come up with the most savory combination. I love a hearty pot pie - one that has potatoes and plenty of chicken. But, this is really just a process - adapt it to your liking!

SG's Chicken Pot Pie
my own recipe...

6 tablespoons butter, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 lb chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1-2 cups chicken broth (plus 3 additional bouillon cubes)
2 cups cream or half-and-half
3/4 cup frozen peas
dash nutmeg
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary

2 unbaked pie crusts
1 egg
2 TBS water

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Melt three tablespoons butter in saucepan with olive oil. Add chicken and cook until done. Remove chicken from pan. Set aside.

3. Melt additional 3 TBS butter in pan. Add onions, carrots, celery, and potatoes. Cook 10-12 minutes until onions are translucent and carrots and potatoes are tender. Add salt and pepper.

4. Add flour and cook 1 minute until flour is absorbed. Add chicken broth and half-and-half plus additional bouillon cubes. Cook until thick and creamy. Add additional chicken broth as needed to make creamy consistency. Add chicken, peas, nutmeg, and rosemary.

5. Pour into 10 inch uncooked pie crust. Top with additional pie crust, remove excess dough and flute edges. Cut out leaf shapes from leftover pie dough and place in center of pie. Cut 3 small slits in pie crust to vent.

6. Combine 1 egg and 2 TBS water. Brush egg mixture on pie shell.

7. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

*If you're wondering about the name SG, those are the initials of my first and middle name - Sarah Grace. Jason calls me SG, as do almost all of my college friends. Thanks, Kat - the one who started calling me SG all those years ago!


  1. This sounds yummy! I think it would be well liked at my house, so I'm printing it.

  2. that recipe sounds way good! I actually made chicken pot pie the other day but bought little pie pans and made 4 mini pot pies... now i will have to try this recipe! ;) oh and i should let you know that i'm planning on making the lava cakes for bible study on wednesday, i will ooohhhh and ahhhhs... ;)

  3. i will count the oooohhhs and aaaahhhhs... opps on the not finishing my thought... ;)

  4. Oh me, oh my. I'm drooling.

    You just got home and you made THAT? You're amazing. Truly.

  5. One of David's favorite meals. Guess I should make an effort to make it for him this week.

    :P to the snow. :) to the thought of the little boys at your house.

    How was Chicago?

  6. Your middle name is Grace? How fitting for someone as wonderful as you. I think I knew that, but just wanted you to know that a little girl named Ginger Grace would be really nice...JK! Do love your name though :)

  7. that's soo funny literally on friday I was looking for a good pot pie recipie (not like i actually cook anything) BUTT sarah comes through again with her awesomeness--i swear I SOOO wanna be like you one day, you are soo well rounded and SUCH an amazing woman! gosh.......

  8. Oh Yummy! I made chicken noodle soup yesterday. Must be when it gets cold, we all start thinking chicken!

  9. MMM, another recipe I'll have to try!

  10. everyone knows it is not just a typo when I call you SG in my comments. :o)

    I love a good chicken potpie.

  11. mmmmmmmm, yummers! Your pics are mouthwatering

  12. does sound yummy! the kids are jealous about the snow; I told them it snowed at Jack, Max's and Lincoln's and they wanted to come over--all we have is a little frost on the grass.

  13. I've been waiting for this recipe!! I can't wait to try it! first glance, I thought a lobster perhaps! :D

  14. I think I'll have to try this...sounds yummy! Thanks, SG! ;)

  15. This sounds delicious Sarah. I have a pot pie recipe that we like, but I love trying out new stuff too!

  16. looks yummy! i have been looking for a good chicken pot pie recipe. thanks for sharing!