Did you know that tomorrow is pi day? That’s right 3-14…pi day. A whole day dedicated to pie, I can get behind that. So in honor of pi day, here is my chicken pot pie recipe.
There are two recipes I make that my kids come into the kitchen and say, “you are making that…it’s my favorite!” Chicken pot pie is one of those. This is a YUMMY dish!!
My husband likes to break up the crust on his and mix it into the filling. So he gets crust with each spoonful. The girls like it too so we always dish it up this way.
I will be the first to tell you that I don’t make this dish very often. Why is that? Because it takes a lot to make. It is very worth it, but it isn’t a meal you can stand in front of the fridge at 5 p.m. and decide to make. You have to plan for this one. The crust takes a few hours to chill in the fridge so you have to make it ahead of time. You can also cook the chicken ahead if you want, or buy a rotisserie chicken.
Most everyone I talk to says they don’t make their own pie crust. Believe me, I get it. But homemade tastes so much better than buying frozen. The biggest complaint I hear is that they cannot get the consistency right. So here are my tips. Take the recipe as a starting point. Depending on where you live, you may need to adjust things. I usually have to add more water. So make up the recipe and if it seems too dry, add more water. But do it slowly, a teaspoon full at a time. Seriously. If you had too much water and then have to add more flour and then it’s too dry again so you add more water, it just gets to be a mess. So add liquid slowly until you get to the right consistency. Don’t throw out the recipe because of consistency. Also, the secret to flakiness is temperature. Cold temperature. When the recipe calls for ICE water, make it as cold as you can. I have been known to put my water in the freezer before adding it to this recipe. It makes a huge difference.
Of course if you need a quick pot pie, you can always pick one up at the store. My favorite is Marie Callender’s. Our family has a bit of a weird tradition. It started when I was a kid. You know how the nursery rhyme says girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice? Well my sister said that sweet pies were girl pies and pot pies were boy pies. It was cute and it stuck. So now with my own kids, we don’t say chicken pot pie, we call it boy pie. And they always ask for girl pie too.
I think pi day would be a perfect day to surprise them with a sweet pie. Our favorites are Marie Callender’s Chocolate and Banana cream. Hubby likes the chocolate and I like the Banana.
I kinda think it is fun sometimes to throw caution to the wind and have pie in the middle of the week for no reason.
Doesn’t that look good?
Be sure and use this coupon for $1.50 off a Marie Callender’s frozen pie.
Will you be celebrating pi day? Do you have anything fun planned?
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