The bambino asked to watch “Chicken Run” Sunday morning, and then made a request for Chicken Pie, since those are featured rather prominently in the movie. I have never been a fan of pot pies–Frankly, they creep me out. Then again, I immediately think of the Banquet or Swanson varieties, which really aren’t that good. Not to mention, the traditional veggies that go into pot pies (cooked carrots, onions, peas) are all ones I loathe. So I went looking for something minus the veg, but still in pie form. Most of what I found was either too bland, or single crust. I wanted an actual double-crust chicken pie, without a biscuit-type crust. Since I couldn’t find what I wanted, I came up with my own.
A simple Chicken Pie.
It’s a little time-consuming, but I did use a shortcut:
And I had to poach chicken breasts, but that’s easy enough. Just drop thawed chicken breasts into boiling water, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
I will say that having used the frozen dough, when it comes to pie crust, the colder the better! I think I let it sit out a little too long, because it was a bit of a pain to try and flute the edges. I did refrigerate the bottom crust while I worked on the filling and rolled out the top but it was still more difficult to work with than I anticipated. I think I should’ve let the filling cool a bit before I added it, and since the pie innards were a bit runny, I didn’t let the “gravy” thicken up as much as I should’ve–It was later than I thought when I started, so I was trying to get dinner on the table at a reasonable time. Still, that just meant mashed potatoes on the side, with some help from my little sous chef:
The pie sort of fell apart after cutting into it. All in all, though, it was delish! And I’m going to recommend Pappy’s Pie Crust. For one, you get 4 rounds of dough. For another, they’re made with lard, which yes, it’s kind of gross when you think about where it comes from, but man does it make a crisp, flaky pie crust! Plus, it’s made in Minneapolis, which is at least regional, for anyone who cares about that sort of thing.
For those who are wondering, as I suspected, my CT scan came back fine. The funny thing is, so did the secondary thyroid test. I jumped the gun in thinking I have Hashimoto’s Disease. They’re going to repeat the thyroid testing in 6 weeks to see if my TSH level is still high. If it is, I’m guessing I’ll go on medication at that point. But I won’t know any more until sometime next month!