Pot Pie Filling
- 1 cup cooked chicken shredded or diced
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables carrots, peas, corn
- 1 cup chicken broth Can use poaching liquid chicken is cooked in, canned, or boullion
- 1 tsp. minced onion poultry seasoning, fresh cracked pepper, garlic powder (optional)
- 2 tbsp. flour stirred in 2 tbsp. water
- Prepared pie crust- enough for top and bottom For dairy free or vegan option I use a Crisco crust
- Egg wash optional: 1 egg whisked with 1 tablespoon water
Simmer all ingredients for 30 minutes (except pie crust and flour/water mixture.) Slowly stir in flour and water mixture, bring to boil until mixture coats the back of a spoon. Season to taste with salt.
Add filling to prepared pie crust and top. Cut slits in pie crust, top with egg wash. Bake in preheated oven for 350 degrees until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Once the crust is golden brown, you may need to cover the top with foil to ensure pie crust does not burn.
Vegan: Omit chicken and egg wash, substitute chicken broth for vegetable broth. Add 1 cup diced boiled potatoes for additional ‘filling’.
1/4 cup sauteed onion in butter or spread of choice may be substituted for dried minced onion (And is delicious)
Comfort can come in a pie tin, soup pot, or even a foil baking dish.
There’s a reason we bring food to comfort. Our bodies need the calories, our souls need the replenishing. Our hearts need to know others care. For some reason in the most difficult times in my life, I get in the kitchen. A friend once said, “If you ever need to cheer Amy up, let her get in your kitchen.” Once I start to recover from any illness, the first thing I need to do is cook. I need to satisfy whatever craving hits.
This dish was made for a sweet friend caring for a beautiful new baby. I remember when my own little one came home I thought I might starve or fall asleep eating. The advice “Sleep when the baby sleeps” is good until your child is a teenager, right? If you like you can always freeze the unbaked pie and bake for later (It will take longer in the oven.) The next time you know a friend in need, consider the comfort of a pot pie. This might even grace my Easter table with a wilted spring salad.
What’s your favorite springtime meal?