It’s that time of year to make festive everything! Just for fun, I decided to make individual chicken pot pies with a wintery twist! I gave them little snowman faces!
This is a basic pot pie recipe (you can adjust the vegetables as you see fit). Sometimes I add a biscuit topping, but other times I make a pie crust.
I’ve only ever made mini pot pies with pie crust - they remind me of these frozen individual pot pies I remember from my childhood, only better!
Snowman Chicken Pot Pies
½ tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
6 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
2-3 tbsp cold water
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 large carrots, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon thyme
2 tablespoon butter
½ cup flour
1 ¾ cup (15 ounce can) chicken broth
½ cup lowfat milk
½ cup frozen peas
1 carrot, cut in triangles
Black olives, cut in small pieces
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
To make the pie crust, whisk together the flour and salt in a medium sized bowl.
Using a pastry cutter or two forks, cut the butter pieces into the flour until it forms pea sized crumbles.
Beginning with 2 tablespoons of water, sprinkle the water over the flour and butter mixture and lightly mix until it forms a ball. Add additional water if necessary. Set aside and cover with a towel.
Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned on one side. Add the carrots, celery, and onion, and cook until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the seasonings and flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the chicken stock, followed by the milk and cook for 5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened. Stir peas and cook until heated through.
Meanwhile, line 6 ramekins with pie crust (I cut rolled dough into a large circle and gently stretched it to fit the ramekins). Spoon the thickened filling into each lined ramekin. Cover each pie with a second crust.
Bake 30-45 minutes or until the crust is browned and the filling is bubbly.
Remove from the oven. Add a snowman face with the carrot and olives.
Makes 6 pot pies
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