Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
All I can say is this is the best pot pie we have ever tasted!!!
The secret to soft, flaky pie crust is keeping the butter very cold, not overworking the dough, and adding a little bit of vinegar. Vinegar prevents formation of gluten which makes the pie crust tough and dense.
For the filling:
6 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup milk
A small onion finely chopped
A medium carrot peeled and diced
1 celery stalk diced
1 cup condensed chicken broth or 1 cup water plus 2 chicken bouillon cubes
1/2 medium size russet potato peeled and diced
2 medium size baked chicken breasts diced
1/2 cup frozen peas
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
For the pie pastry:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup 227 g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/4 cup ice water
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 egg yolk plus 2 tsp milk mixed well, for brushing
To prepare the filling, combine 4 tablespoons of the softened butter with the flour in small bowl. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the milk. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, add two tablespoons of butter and saute the onion, carrot, and celery over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes.
Add the broth and the potatoes, and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender.
Add the butter and flour mix and bring to a gentle boil, constantly stirring.
Pour in the milk and cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the chicken and peas. Cover and let cool.
To prepare the pie dough, in a food processor, combine the flour and salt. Add the butter and pulse a few times until the butter is the size of peas. Add the water and vinegar and pulse a few more times. It does not need to come to a ball. It will look like a big pile of crumbs, and that's what you want.
Remove the dough from the food processor and place on a large piece of Saran wrap. Twist the plastic to tighten the dough into a ball. Cut into two pieces, and flatten each piece into a disk. Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Alternatively, twist the plastic wrap on both ends, as if you were wrapping a candy.
Cut the dough into 8 disks. This will make 4 smaller chicken pot pies that can be baked in ramekens.
Preheat the oven to 400F.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the two dough discs into two circles, one about 13 inches in diameter and the other about 10 inches in diameter. With a sharp knife, make a few slits in the second (10 inch) dough circle. Line a 9-inch pie dish with the larger dough circle. The dough should overhang the dish by about 1/2 inches.
If making smaller pot pies in 4 ramekins, roll out 4 disks into 8"-9" circles and 4 disks into 5"-6" circles respectively.
Spoon the chicken filling into the baking dish, or ramekins.
Cover with the second sheet of dough. Crimp the edges and tuck them in. Brush the top with egg yolk wash. If making single portion pot pies in ramekens, repeat the process four times.
Bake on the rack positioned in the middle of the oven for about 50 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving.