My husband called me right when I was about to leave work wanting to know if and what I was making for dinner. Well yes of course I was cooking and I had planned on doing a sort of spicy sriacha pomegranate glazed roasted chicken (along Middle Eastern/Indian lines).
Let’s give you some backstory so you’re not completely confused. One of the hubby’s closest friends is a guy he grew up with. He spent many hours at his house and adopted his mom too (or more likely she adopted him). Unfortunately his friend’s dad/her ex-husband just passed away and he wanted to go down, visit and bring her dinner – what a great idea!
Fantastic idea but my dinner didn’t match. One, I was making the recipe up, experimenting/pushing the flavor profile and didn’t want to risk it being horrible (and him showing up with a pizza). Two, it’s kind of far out there taste wise and may not be something everything likes.
After leaving work, I ran to the grocery store and started mentally running through my pantry. I was thinking comfort food, easy portability, good reheating, maybe something casseroley?
I knew I had potatoes, carrots, garlic, peas and various dry goods on hand and I was trying to keep the budget low so when I saw boneless, skinless chicken thighs on sale for $1.99/lb my immediate thought was, “Score!”
But then I had to do something with it other than a soup/stew. So…chicken pot pie anyone?
As you can see from the picture above I was rushing and ended up with a few holes in my pie crust (in this case don’t do what I did) which caused some of the filling to bubble over. It was still tasty, it just made for a bad picture (sorry!).
Unfortunately I’m not including a recipe for the crust because I’m still working on finding the ultimate pie crust recipe. Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m not ashamed; I used a pre-made pie crust *cringe*. I was in a hurry and had one in my fridge so I took the shortcut. Would this have been better with a homemade one? Probably but sometimes you just have to get dinner done.
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, small chop
- 3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 lb red potatoes, small diced
- 1 cup carrots, small chop about 1/4 in thick (I used a 4 oz bag of baby carrots I had in my fridge)
- 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
- 3 cups chicken stock, divided
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp butter
- 1 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- Salt and Pepper, to taste (go easy on the pepper since poultry seasoning has a bit in it anyway)
- 1 pie crust
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 400.
- In a medium sauce pan, bring 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock to a boil. Add potatoes and carrots and allow to par-cook for 2 - 3 minutes. Strain vegetables out, reserving chicken stock.
- Combine 1/2 cup of chicken stock with 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, whisk until well combined.
- Sprinkle 3/4 tsp poultry seasoning along with a dash of salt over chicken and mix well. Heat 2 tsp of butter in large deep skillet until melted. Cook chicken for 3 - 4 minutes until browned but not cooked all the way through. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
- Cook onion in same skillet until translucent. Add in garlic, stir for 30 seconds. Pour in white wine and deglaze pan, scraping up any browned bits.
- Put chicken back in skillet along with potatoes, carrots, peas, leftover chicken stock, stock/flour mix, remaining 3/4 tsp poultry seasoning, thyme and salt and pepper (Skillet will be very full). Allow to cook over medium high heat for 10 minutes until thickened. Taste and adjust any seasonings.
- Spray a 2 qt casserole with nonstick spray and pour in skillet chicken mix. Top with pie crust and brush lightly with egg white. Cut 5 or 6 slits in center of pie crust to allow steam to vent.
- Cook for 45 minutes until browned and bubbly.
After wrapping it tightly with some foil I sent my husband down (unfortunately I had a project due that I needed to work on and didn’t get to go down with him). While he was down there I got a text telling me it was super tasty.
When he got home my husband divulged the fact that he actually hates chicken pot pie (what?!) but really enjoyed mine and so did everyone else. He may be lying but who cares? That just means he’s smart enough to not mention it even if he didn’t like it.
I will say though that I had a leftover serving for lunch and definitely appreciated the comfort food (it’s freezing outside!).