Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is one the great comfort foods of all time!  With a little work and fresh vegetables it is a meal that will satisfy everyone.  If you happen to be an accomplished baker by all means make your own pastry dough, adding a few savory spices to add to the mix.  Again if you are comfortable rolling out dough and cutting it and have the right size oven proof bowls, make individual pies.   This recipe goes for expedience over style using 2 store bought pie crusts and a 9″ pie dish.

Ingredients for Chicken Pot Pie
  1. 2 pie crusts
  2. 3 boned and skinned chicken breasts (poached)
  3. 3-4 cups chicken stock or water for poaching
  4. 2-3 Tbs Bell’s poultry seasoning
  5. 3-4 large carrots diced
  6. 3-4 celery stalks diced
  7. 1 medium onion diced
  8. 1½ cups frozen peas (thawed)
  9. 3 garlic cloves chopped
  10. 6 Tbs butter
  11. 6 Tbs all purpose flour
  12. 2 cups chicken stock
  13. 2 cups milk
  14. 1 cup white wine
  15. Salt & pepper to taste
Directions for Chicken Pot Pie
To poach the chicken:

Begin by placing the chicken into a pot large enough to cover with stock in a single layer, add 1 Tbs Bell’s poultry seasoning.   Bring the chicken and stock up to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Once poached, remove the chicken and allow it to cool.  Discard the stock.  When the chicken is cooled enough to handle, with your hands or a fork shred the chicken into bite size pieces.

To prepare the filling:

Into a large sauté pan place the butter,carrots, celery and onion and on medium to medium high heat cook the vegetables until the onion is translucent and celery softened.  Now add the garlic  and cook a few minutes more.   Add the white wine and cook, allowing the wine to reduce by half. 

Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to  combine until all raw flour is  gone. Turn the heat up and  add the stock and milk and continue to stir the mixture until it begins to boil and thicken.  You should have a fairly thick sauce.

 

you should have a fairly thick sauce
you should have a fairly thick sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Into this mixture place the chicken, the peas 1-2 Tbs of the Bell’s seasoning and about 1 tsp each salt and pepper. Stir to combine all the ingredients.  Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Place one of the pie crusts into a 9″ pie pan, spoon the mixture into the pan until it is full ( you may have a little of the mixture left over).

fill pie shell with the mixture
fill pie shell with the mixture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover the mixture with the second crust, crimp the edges to seal and cut a few slits into the crust to allow steam to escape.  Place immediately into the center of  a 425° oven (place a sheet pan on a rack below the pie to catch any filling that bubbles over) and bake for 45 – 60 minutes until the crust is browned and the filling is bubbly.  

Once cooked remove from the oven and let the pie sit on a wire rack for 5- 10 minutes.  

 

allow to cool 5-10 minutes
allow to cool 5-10 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut wedges and scoop out, will make 4-6 servings.

 

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
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I’ll sing the praises of chicken all day long, a tasty sauce but quite a bother to have to eat around those little green things.  But all in all a satisfactory recipe, so 5 paws.

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Balsamic Chicken and Peppers

 

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Balsamic Chicken and Peppers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balsamic Chicken and Peppers

A variety of different colored peppers were on sale this week, so I needed an interesting way to use them up.  Balsamic Chicken and Peppers is a fairly simple recipe with great flavor and would be just as good with one color of pepper, but the multicolored approach does add “eye appeal”.

Ingredients for Balsamic Chicken and Peppers
  1. 2 Chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded thin
  2. ¼-½ cup all purpose flour
  3. 2 Tbs garlic salt
  4. 1 Tbs pepper
  5. 2-3 Tbs butter
  6. 2-3 Tbs cooking oil
  7. 3 Peppers,1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow
  8. 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  9. 3-4 garlic cloves chopped
  10. ½ cup chicken stock
  11. ¼ cup white wine
  12. 4-5 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
Directions for Balsamic Chicken and Peppers

Place the flour garlic salt and pepper in a wide bowl or plate and combine.

In a large sauté pan place the butter and oil and bring up to medium heat.

Dredge the chicken in the flour and pat off any excess then place into the pan and lightly brown on both sides.  Once browned place on a plate in a 250º oven to keep warm.

Place the peppers and onion into the sauté pan and cook until the peppers begin to soften and the onion is translucent.  Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes more.

Add the chicken stock and wine and bring heat up to medium high and reduce the stock by ½.

Once reduced add the balsamic vinegar stir to combine.  Place the chicken back into the pan with any juices, cover the chicken with the peppers, lower the heat to medium, cover the pan and cook for 5-10 minutes more until the chicken is completely cooked.

place chicken back into the pan and cover with the peppers
place chicken back into the pan and cover with the peppers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serve with rice on the side.

 

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
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https://www.amazon.com/Colavita-Balsamic-Vinegar-Modena-Ounce/dp/B00IY5HREA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1488726213&sr=1-27&keywords=balsamic+vinegar&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=rantsravesa06-20&linkId=1528e88e9e7885b16ca85d669c7dc55b

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Silly people, it’s CHICKEN, nothing needs to be done, but cook it!  Lucky for me a few pieces cooked for me plain, 5 paws for chicken but you can keep the accoutrements.

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Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones
Cranberry Orange Scones

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberries, oranges and scones three great tastes, that combine to go together even better.

There are three different ways to prepare this recipe.  The first is with chopped fresh or frozen cranberries.  This will produce a fairly tart scone which some people may not like.  To sweeten it a little, you can cook the berries in a simple syrup until they burst then drain and finish the recipe.  Most likely however for the majority of people using a dried cranberry chopped fine will work best.

Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Scones

  1. ½ cup buttermilk ( you can use whole or half&half)
  2. ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  3. Zest of one large orange
  4. 1 package of dried cranberries chopped
  5. 1 egg beaten
  6. 2 cups of flour sifted
  7. 2 Tbs sugar
  8. 1 Tbs + 1 tsp baking powder
  9. ½ tsp salt
  10. 1/3 cup of chilled butter cut into cubes=5 1/3 Tbs

Directions for Cranberry Orange Scones

Set oven at 425° with the rack in the center of the oven.

Sift  the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a bowl.  Add the cubed butter and with a pastry cutter cut the butter into the the mixture until you have the consistency of corn meal.  Now add the milk, OJ, egg, zest and cranberries and stir only until no raw flour shows.

Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and very gently knead no more than 15 times.

Cut the dough in half and form each half into a ball and flatten out into a round and cut each round into 6 equal pie shaped pieces.

Place on to a lightly greased sheet pan and bake in the center of the oven for approximately 12 minutes until they have risen and are lightly golden brown,

Serve warm.

 

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
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As a dedicated S.A.P.P. I am a scones purist at heart. Plain with melted butter and a sweet jam are to “die for”.   These will do in a pinch but are appreciated by the 2 legged scotties more than I!  But you can’t beat a scone no matter what for breakfast so 5 paws.

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Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Ingredients

  1. ½ cup buttermilk ( you can use whole or half&half)
  2. ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  3. Zest of one large orange
  4. 1 package of dried cranberries chopped
  5. 1 egg beaten
  6. 2 cups of flour sifted
  7. 2 Tbs sugar
  8. 1 Tbs + 1 tsp baking powder
  9. ½ tsp salt
  10. 1/3 cup of chilled butter cut into cubes=5 1/3 Tbs

Instructions

  1. Set oven at 425° with rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a bowl. Add the cubed butter and with a pastry cutter cut the butter into the the mixture until you have the consistency of corn meal. Now add the milk, OJ, egg, zest and cranberries and stir only until no raw flour shows.
  3. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and very gently knead no more than 15 times.
  4. Cut the dough in half and form each half into a ball and flatten out into a round and cut each round into 6 equal pie shaped pieces.
  5. Place on to a lightly grease sheet pan and bake in the center of the oven for approximately 12 minutes until they have risen and are lightly golden brown,
  6. Serve warm.
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