Today’s post is from a dear friend of mine, Bonnie. Bonnie is a wife, mama, and homesteader living in California. We share a love for all things homemade, chicken farming, and living a simple, meaningful life. Make sure to check out her gorgeous blog, A Golden Afternoon. Enjoy this delicious recipe! – L
Chicken pot pie is one of my most favorite foods. I have yet to hear someone say they don’t love flaky, buttery crust that leaks creamy sauce, chicken, and veggies when cut into. I could eat it every week, but especially when I need some comfort food. This post isn’t about me and my pot pie obsession though, it’s about bringing a little comfort and warmth to the new moms in our lives.
The sigh of relief that follows a new mom receiving a home-cooked meal is to be cherished. It’s a privilege to come along side our friends and neighbors, with joy, as they begin their new life. After almost 10 months of preparing, waiting, and hardly sleeping with a giant belly, their special day finally arrives. The child is here. For many, the days of giving birth never come and YET they experience the uncomfortable “pregnancy” of tears, paperwork, waiting, more paperwork, hope, and more tears. They too have waited. Finally, their day arrives. The child is here. Children come into our homes in many different ways. What a joy to share with these families, the gift of food, as they greet their new children.
So excited for you and your family, Lacy!
Below is the quicker version of this recipe, using phyllo dough instead of a homemade crust. To make this faster, I like to have a jar of pot pie filling in the freezer ready to go with chicken, potatoes, carrots, peas, and onions that have already been steamed and seasoned. I just double the recipe when I make it fresh so I can toss one in the freezer. It’s a 2 for 1, people! Then, I just have to defrost the jar, the phyllo dough, and make the sauce. So much easier, especially when planning a meal for a new mom. You could also give her the extra jar for another day.
Chicken Pot Pie
For the filling:
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1/4 cup pearl onions, leave whole
1/2 cup fingerling or red potatoes, chopped
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced (cremini preferred)
sachet with: 1-2 sprigs of thyme, 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns, and 4 cloves of garlic
1 cup cooked chicken, chopped (rotisserie chicken is fine)
1/2 cup peas
Phyllo dough, from freezer section (2 pieces)
For the sauce:
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons flour
3 cups almond milk (or regular if that’s your style)
1/4 cup chives, finely chopped
salt & pepper
First thing, set the phyllo dough out on the counter, It usually takes about 2 hours to thaw. Take out your veggies if they were pre-cooked in the freezer like mine. Next, in a medium pot, put the first four ingredients, along with the sachet. Cover with a lid and cook on medium-low heat for about 45 minutes or until the veggies are softened. If you add fresh veggies to a pot pie, they will be crunchy, just so you know. Preheat the oven to 350 now. Meanwhile, you will start the sauce/roux. Melt the butter, then whisk in the flour, let it bubble for about 30 seconds while whisking, then whisk in the milk. Whisk continually until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes for almond milk (because it has a natural thickener in it) and WAY longer for regular milk…maybe 30-40 minutes. Just turn on some music or chat with a kid nearby. It will pass quickly. ;) Add the chives and some salt and pepper while you wait and whisk. Once thickened, remove from the heat. In an oiled/buttered 9x9ish dish, add the first piece of phyllo dough, gently pressing down the sides into the pan. Next, add the veggies (sachet removed), peas, chicken, and the sauce. Lastly, place the second piece of phyllo on top of the filling, slightly covering the edges of the baking dish. Bake for about 45 minutes, making sure the dough is golden brown and crispy.
Enjoy and share with someone in need this week!
I live with Purpose. That is me. I have bad days just like everyone else, but I can’t help but to feel great comfort in the blessings of every day life. I love the way light shines through the curtains and reflects on the wall. I love laughter and friends being around. I love the simple flavors of fresh food. I love how pieces of cloth can be made into a dress that the wind blows through to show its presence. I love how God gave us so many things around us to remind us of Him.