If you’re searching for a delectable twist on the Classic Chicken Pot Pie recipe, look no further. This Broccoli Chicken Pot Pie recipe combines tender, shredded rotisserie chicken, fresh broccoli and nutty Gruyère cheese in a velvety, rich base. This broccoli chicken gravy is then tucked away in flaky pie crust and baked until golden brown and bubbly.
WHAT IS A POT PIE
A pot pie is a savory, hearty dish consisting of a flavorful filling encased in a crust made of pastry or dough. Typically baked in a pot or a deep dish, this comforting meal often includes a combination of meat (such as chicken, beef, or turkey), vegetables (like carrots, peas, and potatoes), and a rich, creamy sauce. The filling is seasoned with herbs and spices, providing a comforting and aromatic flavor.
Pot pies can vary widely in ingredients and styles, allowing for endless creative interpretations, from traditional family recipes to gourmet culinary creations. This dish is known for its warm, homely appeal and is a beloved comfort food enjoyed in various cultures around the world.
INGREDIENTS FOR BROCCOLI CHICKEN POT PIE
Chicken: For ease, shred a quality store-bought rotisserie chicken. Alternatively, poach boneless chicken breasts or thighs.
Broccoli and Potatoes: Fresh broccoli is preferred for this chicken pot pie recipe. However, thaw frozen broccoli as an alternative. Yukon gold or white potatoes work best in this recipe. However, red potatoes can be substituted.
Pie Crust: As a timesaver, use refrigerated or frozen pie crust. Be sure to thaw, if frozen. Alternatively, make your own pie dough.
Cheese: Replace shredded Gruyère cheese with either Swiss or white cheddar.
Fresh Herbs: Experiment using your favorite fresh herbs.
HOW TO MAKE BROCCOLI CHICKEN POT PIE
Crafting this delectable Broccoli Chicken Pot Pie is a breeze; with simple steps, fresh ingredients, and a store-bought pie crust, it’s an easy take on a classic comfort dish.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic, potatoes, broccoli and celery stalk. Season with salt and black pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes.
- Add butter, let it melt, then stir in the flour. Cook for a minute to remove the raw flour taste.
- Pour in chicken stock, scrape any bits from the bottom. Add bay leaves and fresh thyme. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Pour in heavy cream, heat through. Remove celery and bay leaves. Slowly add Gruyère cheese, stirring to avoid clumps.
- Add shredded chicken, let it simmer while you prepare the crust.
- Roll out the pie crust and line ramekins. Poke holes in the dough with a fork.
- Fill the ramekins with the simmered chicken and broccoli mixture.
- Cover each ramekin with another layer of pie crust. Vent the top by slicing with a knife.
- Brush the surface with the egg wash for a golden, glossy finish.
- Place the ramekins on a baking sheet to catch any spills.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
TIPS ON MAKING THE BEST BROCCOLI CHICKEN POT PIE
Here are a few tips help you make a delicious to make this delicious Chicken Pot Pie:
- For ease, shred a rotisserie chicken.
- Although this pot pie recipe calls for using celery only for flavoring, feel free to mince the celery and include as part of the finished chicken filling.
- Add carrots or any other vegetables you prefer.
- Dice the potatoes as tiny as you can to ensure they come out creamy and tender.
- Once the chicken broth is added, simmer for at least 10 minutes to allow the flavors to develop and the sauce to thicken.
- Incorporate the cheese slowly to avoid clumping.
- Taste for salt prior to filling the ramekins.
- If the chicken broccoli mixture is too thick, add a touch more stock, or whipping cream.
- Properly vent the top crust of the pot pie by making small slits or cuts. This allows steam to escape, preventing the filling from becoming too watery.
- Brush the top crust with the egg wash lightly for a glossy, golden finish. Don’t oversaturate the crust, as it might become soggy.
- Allow the pot pie to rest for a few minutes after baking. This helps the filling set, making it easier to serve.
- This recipe will yield four, 5.5″x2″ individual pot pies, or one 9″ chicken pie.
- If you are not keen on making individual pot pies, prepare in a larger pie plate or cast iron pan.
HOW TO SERVE AND STORE BROCCOLI CHICKEN POT PIE
Given the hearty nature of this comforting pot pie, enjoy alone or pair simply with a crisp green salad.
To store leftovers, cover the pot pies tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the pot pie in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through. Alternatively, microwave individual servings for 2-3 minutes until piping hot.
Making Ahead and Baking Later:
Preparing this Broccoli Chicken Pot Pie ahead of time is a great time-saving strategy. After assembling the pot pies in the ramekins and covering them with the top crust, you can refrigerate them instead of baking immediately. To do this, follow all the steps up to assembling the pies, and then cover the ramekins tightly with plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to bake, simply preheat the oven, brush the crust with the egg wash, and bake as per the instructions in the original recipe.
Freezing for Later:
If you want to make these pot pies well in advance for future meals, you can freeze them. Here’s how you can do it:
- Prepare the Pot Pies: Follow all the steps of the recipe up to assembling the pies in the ramekins or aluminum pot pie pans. Make sure the pies are completely cooled before freezing.
- Wrap for Freezing: Wrap each ramekin tightly with plastic wrap, followed by a layer of aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Alternatively, you can use freezer-safe, airtight containers.
- Label and Freeze: Clearly label the pies with the date of preparation and any reheating instructions. Place the wrapped ramekins in the freezer. These pot pies can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.
Cooking after Freezing:
When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen pot pies, you have a couple of options for cooking:
- Thawing Before Baking:
- Ideally, thaw the pot pie in the refrigerator overnight. This gradual thawing helps maintain the texture and flavors of the dish.
- Once thawed, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Brush the thawed pie crust with the egg wash.
- Bake the pot pie on a baking sheet for 35-40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is hot and bubbly.
- Baking from Frozen:
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Place the frozen pot pie directly into the preheated oven without thawing.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is heated through. You might need to cover the crust with foil halfway through baking to prevent excessive browning.
- Let the pot pie rest for a few minutes before serving.
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