Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Pot Pie

Pioneer Woman and I go way back…to the beginning of blogging…or at least when I discovered this thing called blogs. Ree Drummond, who is also knows as The Pioneer Woman describes herself as “an accidental country girl” who shares recipes, stories and beautiful photos, of their family life with 4 kids on a beautiful ranch in Oklahoma. I used to follow and read every story and drool over many of her recipes, so when she declared she was publishing her first cookbook, I HAD to have it. She has since gone on publish several other cookbooks, children’s books, start a line of kitchen products, has a show on the Food Network AND just recently they opened their own Mercantile Shop in their town. She’s a force! I still love her.

I have 2 of her cookbooks, but her first, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl, is actually a staple in my kitchen and I have made many of the recipes from it. From all the recipes I have made from this book, Chicken Pot Pie is one of my favorites. I thought I “liked” Chicken Pot Pie until I tried this recipe for the first time. It is comfort on a plate! It’s creamy and delicious…I could literally eat the filling just on it’s own! Chicken…or Turkey…Pot Pie gets heavy rotation in my house in the fall and winter mostly because it’s such a crowd pleaser. There’s nothing better than a plate of Chicken Pot Pie on a cold winter’s night.

She describes her recipes as “cowboy tested”. No cowboys here, but because of this recipe, and many others, the “Pioneer Woman” is mentioned like a friend in my home. Everyone here knows who I’m talking about it. Give this Chicken Pot Pie recipe a try and let me know what you think? Then let me know when you’re up for a road trip to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Osage County, Oklahoma? 😉

This recipe is an adaptation of Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Pot Pie.

Pioneer Woman's Chicken Pot Pie
Recipe type: Main Meal
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Serves: 6
 
Comfort food at it's best
Ingredients
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 Tablespoons of butter
  • ½ Cup frozen peas
  • 2 Cups cooked chicken or turkey, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 2 Cups chicken broth
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • Pie Crust (homemade or Tenderflake)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F
  2. Finely dice the celery, carrots, and onions
  3. Melt the butter in a large pot or deep frying pan
  4. Add the onions, carrots, celery and peas
  5. Saute until the vegetables start to turn translucent, a couple of minutes
  6. Add the chicken and stir to combine
  7. Sprinkle the flour evenly over the vegetables and stir to combine
  8. Cook for a few minutes, stirring gently
  9. Pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly
  10. Stir on the bouillon cube
  11. The flour will combine with the chicken to create a delicious gravy
  12. Pour in the cream and stir
  13. Cook the mixture over low heat for 4 minutes, where it will gradually thicken
  14. Season with thyme, salt and pepper
  15. Remove from the heat
  16. Pour the chicken mixture into a deep dish pie pan or small casserole dish
  17. Roll out the pie crust so that it's 1 inch larger than the pan
  18. Place the crust on top of the chicken mixture and cut small slits in the top
  19. Press the crust gently into the sides of the dish to seal
  20. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly
  21. Cool for 10 minutes before serving

I asked for a new deep-frying pan for Christmas as my long-standing Costco one had really had its day. I absolutely love “The Rock” Deep Fry Pan With Glass Lid, that my parents gave me. Extra thick aluminum base, optimal heat distribution, and it’s rock like finish lasts 3x longer than traditional nonstick cookware. I’ve used it many times and it cleans like a dream. I also just love the look of it! Mine is a beautiful deep orange color. If you have to cook every day having pretty cookware helps. 😉 Did I mention it comes with a 10 yr warranty? Sweet!

I use a Ceramic Deep Pie Plate, for this recipe. It has a nice fluted edge and is pretty enough to put right on the table. Maybe I should finally learn how to make an actual “pie” in my pie plate? 😉

Anytime I make a turkey I make sure I have all the ingredients on hand to make Turkey Pot Pie. A quick meal to assemble, hearty enough to please everyone and it just hits the spot. Yum!

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