Last night we had a bucket of yummy fried chicken courtesy of my favorite Colonel. Today, we had the leftover chicken, in the form of chicken pot pie. This recipe is a great way to use up any leftover chicken or turkey (Thanksgiving anyone) and you can improvise the ingredients with what you have on hand.
For the chicken or turkey you can use leftovers, rotisserie, breasts, precooked strips, really anything will do. The key is whatever you use to make sure you season it when you cook it if it isn't already. I like my pie with lots of meat so if I use a rotisserie chicken I'll use practically the entire thing. But if I only had about half of a chicken, that's what I'd use and it would be just fine.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30-40 minutes
2 9" frozen pie crusts (they come sold in packs of two and are great to have on hand at all times)
2-3 cups cooked chicken or turkey (diced or shredded)
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 can cream of chicken soup (I use cream of chicken with herbs to add more flavor)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup frozen onion
1 TBLS minced garlic
1 TBLS minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste (I like LOTS of pepper in this dish)
optional: other spices I like in this dish are curry and cayenne pepper
* Let pie crusts defrost
* Preheat oven to 375
* Saute onion and garlic
* Add chicken, vegetables, soup, milk, and any seasonings. Stir together. Remove from heat (veggies will still be frozen, that's ok).
* Add mixture to one of the pie crusts
* Take the other pie crust out of the tin and add to the top of the pie. Cut to fit and crimp the edges together.
* Put the pie on a cookie sheet and put in a 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.
* During the last 15-20 minutes of cooking, add strips of tin foil around the edges of the crust to keep them from getting burned or over cooked.
* Top should be nicely browned.
The basics to this pie are the pie crusts, cream of chicken soup, chicken, and veggies. The portions of chicken/turkey and veggies aren't all that important. The types of veggies can vary depending on your mood or what you have on hand. If you didn't add any other ingredients or seasonings to this dish it would be a great meal. But you could also easily add five or six spices to it for fun and a kick and introduce a whole new flavor. Have fun experimenting with it. It really is very versatile.