Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Judging from the many chicken pot pie photos we normally come across on the internet, cookbooks and magazines; this may seem as one of the most complicated dishes to prepare. Thankfully, that isn't the case. As a matter of fact, you can make this amazingly tasty delicacy in less than 90 minutes and, at the comfort of your own kitchen. To get it all ready, here are the key steps and guidelines involved:

Ingredients:

Though you can choose to use ingredients that you currently have on hand, these are the most important:

For the fillings, you'll need:

  1. a) Two and a half cups of shredded cooked chicken
  2. b) Two cups of thawed and frozen mixed vegetables
  3. c) One and three quarter cups of chicken broth
  4. d) Half a cup of milk
  5. e) Half a teaspoon of salt
  6. f) A third cup of margarine or butter
  7. g) A third cup of chopped onions
  8. h) A third cup of all purpose flour
  9. i) A quarter teaspoon of pepper

For the crust, you'll need:

  1. a) A box of refrigerated and softened pie crusts

- These ingredients are meant to cater for a meal of six.

Directions:

Step 1 - Cooking the pie:

First, heat the oven to 425 degrees. While the oven heats, be making the pie crusts as directed on the box.

Then, over medium heat, place a non-stick saucepan and melt the butter. Once the butter has fully melted, add in the onions and let them cook for two minutes or till they become tender. Next, stir in the flour and continue stirring till fully blended. Then, gently and gradually stir in the chicken broth, milk, salt and pepper and let them cook until thickened and bubbly. All the while, you should keep on stirring.

Lastly, stir in the shredded cooked chicken and mixed vegetables for just a few minutes and, remove from heat.

Step 2 - Baking the pie:

First, transfer your chicken mixture into a greased nine inch deep pie plate and top it with the second crust - softened pie crusts. Then, other than trimming, sealing and fluting the edges, make sure that you cut several slits on the top crust before putting the plate into the oven.

You should leave the pie to bake until it starts turning golden brown or for approximately 30-40 minutes. It's highly advised that during the last 15-20 minutes, you cover the crust's edges with a foil strips. Doing so prevents the pie from browning excessively.

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Serving homemade chicken pot pie

To enjoy the full flavors of the chicken pot pie, you should serve it five minutes after it has been removed from the oven. Wondering what side dish you should serve it with? Well, any type of vegetable salad or soup will surely complement your chicken pot pie.

However, in case you'd like to save it for later, you should leave it to cool for a couple of minutes before putting it in the freezer.

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