Super Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Phew! What a couple of weeks this has been. It must be time for spring because I feel like everything is happening all at once lately! I already filled you in with the stories of our horrible illnesses. Then I had about three nights in a row of events and friends to catch up with. My dear friend that I've been close with since high school drove out to stay with us for a couple of nights this week, which was so nice! It was like catching up with everyone all at once - isn't it funny how that happens? That made my work week a little compromised, though I'm definitely not complaining. Everyone needs a break! We have some fun things coming up within the next few days, so I am desperately trying to find time to write and also finish up my custom orders... eek! Country Living Fair is coming up so fast. Have you bought tickets yet? Are you coming to see us? Oh gosh, we loved meeting the tiny amount of readers and followers we had last October. We've grown quite a bit since then!! It was so nice seeing all of your comments on yesterday's post. If you haven't entered the giveaway with Flourish yet, please do. It ends tomorrow!

Because spring is right around the corner, I figured it was time for one last wintry recipe. I got a little off track talking about daily life up there, but I wanted to say that owning a website can be a little like detective work. I like to go in and look at our web analytics... see what you guys like reading the most, what our most popular products are. It's kind of boring for our readers to know, but I find it really interesting, of course!! (FYI, our most popular blog post is still Herbal Bath Tea Recipes and our most clicked on product is the Plant Mama + Sprout Tee Bundle!)

I've been noticing a lot of you searching for my chicken pot pie recipe. Well, you won't find it here, at least you couldn't until now! That's because it was first featured over on Fin and Vince's blog. I am loving blogging over there, and if you were wanting to find some really fun kid-oriented recipes and DIY projects - please head over and check them out!! Those posts are something a little special that you won't always find over on this corner of the internet. However, by popular demand, I figured that I could sneak this recipe in here real quick because it's SO GOOD.

We make this probably far too often at our house now. We're all a little addicted! It's so warm, creamy, and inviting. It's Midwestern Comfort Food at its finest, and I can't say that I've ever felt guilty making it. Eating it? Well, it's difficult not to over-indulge. 

INGREDIENTS // 

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced (or a handful of chopped green onions)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3-4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 lb chicken breast, chopped
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt + pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 can of sweet peas or 1 cup frozen peas

RECIPE // 

  • Prepare your crust; I double the recipe. Here's my recipe!
  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp of butter over medium heat. Cook the chicken, tossing regularly and breaking up into smaller pieces, until the meat has been cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme. If you want, you could rub down the breast(s) before cooking.
  • Once cooked through, add the garlic, onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until soft, about 7 minutes. Be sure to check the flavor and add more seasoning if needed. Set aside.
  • In a large soup pan, heat the remaining 2 tbsp of butter over medium/high heat. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk constantly, making a roux, or a thick paste. Whisk until the roux turns a nice brown and smells a bit nutty. Pour in the heavy cream and bring to a boil, whisk as it cooks. The mixture will begin to thicken up nicely and almost seize. Pour in the milk and bring this to a boil, still stirring. Add the stock and bring to a boil. 
  • Place the cream sauce over medium/low heat and stir in the chicken + vegetable mixture. Pour in the peas. Bring to a rolling boil and then let simmer for about 7-10 minutes or until thickened. 
  • Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 425.
  • Roll out your pie crust and prepare your dishes. You could create one large pie and make slices, or make mini pies like I did on Fin and Vince! I've found that if you decide to make the mini pies, crust on the top only makes the meal much better. Crust on the bottom is almost too much! If you're making a big pie, make two crusts, one for the bottom and one to cover the top.
  • Fill up your pie dishes with the filling. Brush the crusts with a beaten egg + 1 tbsp of water.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Cover with tin foil and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving. It's really hot, so be careful!

Mm-mmm! I love this recipe so much. It's one that I'm really proud of. Do you have a favorite original or family recipe that you love? I'd love to hear about it in the comments! Tomorrow I'm going to be sharing my thoughts on eating whole, unprocessed foods. I think this recipe is a great meal for anyone who wants to start making their own meals and other components, such as broth or pie crust. You can make everything yourself, and easily, never forget that! (:

Be sure to look out for more fun blog posts over at Fin and Vince and check out their new spring knits for littles! They are SO cute!!

xoxo Kayla