Thursday, February 20, 2014
Chicken Pot Pie -- The Perfect Comfort Food!
This evening I made my Chicken Pot Pie w/ Cheddar Crust for dinner. I had some chicken breast leftover from a rotisserie chicken we had for dinner last night. Since I was tired last night, hubby picked up a rotisserie chicken and we had that along with a simple green salad for dinner yesterday. I also just happened to have some leftover "pot pie crust dough" in the fridge from a little over a week ago when I made my heart shaped pot pie. I pressed the leftover scraps together and shaped them into a large "burger shaped" wheel of dough, wrapped it tightly with plastic wrap, and kept it refrigerated. It wasn't enough to make a regular sized pot pie, but plenty enough to make 2 individual pot pies. Since I have been a bit out of sorts this past week, I just got around to making them this evening. I had some fresh haricot verts (thin green beans) that I cut into thirds and I thinly sliced a medium carrot as the veggies for the pot pies. I tore the leftover chicken into larger chunks and made half the recipe for the pot pie "soup/gravy". I used my deep individual soup crocks with handles to hold our pot pies. To add a slightly different twist to them, after I filled the bowls with the pot pie filling, I placed a layer of sliced "Chipotle White Cheddar" cheese slices on top of the filling before adding the crust layer. I popped them into the oven to bake for about 30 minutes. They turned out so good. I added extra chicken and veggies so the filling was more like a super chunky thick stew. Since the dough for the crust was already made and I used leftover cooked chicken, the only thing I had to cook was the green beans and carrots which took about 4 minutes to lightly steam in the microwave and while they were cooking, I made and thickened the soup base. I snapped a few quick photos below. Click this link for the recipe: -------> Chicken Pot Pie w/ Cheddar Crust. Enjoy!
*P.S. -- For those of you that might be wondering, I had my follow-up visit with the cardiologist yesterday after my event last week. My official diagnosis is pericarditis, which for those of you that don't know, it is inflammation of the membrane/sac around the heart. It is very painful and the symptoms mimic those of a heart attack. Typical treatment is aspirin or anti-inflammatory meds, both of which I'm allergic to. So, time and rest is what I am doing. I went back to work this week and while I still feel fatigued, I'm not really experiencing much in the way of pain. I do find I am more tired in the evenings or when trying to shop, etc., but I persevere. I'm told that anyone can get it and it can be caused by something as simple as a virus. So, I'm hoping that I will be back to 100% perkiness very soon! Until then, I intend to fake it! ;-)