Monday, January 11, 2010

Delicious Chicken Pot Pie Recipe - great for freezer meal!

Last week I spent a whole day cooking meals to fill my freezer with - it was so worth it! Here's one of our favorite meals so far:

Chicken Pot Pie - Makes 1 pie serving 4-6

2 cups cooked, chopped chicken breast
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup cooked, diced carrots
1/2 cup cooked, diced potatoes
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
double pie crust - I used the pre-made, refrigerated kind - 2 in a box

Combine the chicken breast, peas, carrots, and potatoes in a bowl; set aside. In medium saucepan, melt butter. Saute onion until clear. Whisk in flour and cook until bubbly. Whisk in broth and milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Stir in seasonings. Pour over chicken-vegetable mixture and stir to combine. Cool completely if preparing for freezer. Line pie plate with bottom crust. Pour in filling. Position top crust, crimp edges,* and bake at 375 for one hour or until crust is brown and filling bubbles.

If you want to make this ahead and freeze. Simply wrap with foil at the asterisk*, label and freeze. To server: Vent top and brush with milk. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes and then reduce heat and bake at 375 until crust is browned and filling bubbles, about one hour more.

*Mixed, frozen vegetables may be substituted for the peas, carrots, and potatoes. This is also delicious made with cooked turkey.

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