My family loves chicken pot pie – such a family favourite recipe and easy to keep ingredients on hand to make it. But I’ve never made it with my kids and am now inspired by momstown Milton where they made a chicken pot pie with every child during their Junior Chef program!
Goes to show you, even recipes you may think “aren’t kid friendly to make” really can be! Incorporating children into each step along, breaks the process down and really teaches them to respect the finished product.
Mama’s Chicken Pot Pie
1/4 cup butter 60 ml
1/4 cup flour 60 ml
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp. finely chopped onion
3 cups chicken broth 750 ml
2 carrots, chopped in small pieces
2 celery stalks, chopped in small pieces
3 cups sliced mushrooms 750ml
2 tbsp. butter 30ml
1/2 cup peas 125 ml
3 cups cooked and diced chicken 750ml
Pastry to cover 3-qtr. (3L) Casserole dish (*cheating is FINE! Premade dough is in the chilled section at the grocery store, or you can roll out a thawed frozen store bought crust.)
Cut up all the vegetables first – this can take the longest with kiddie helpers. To protect fingers consider pulling out some time saving gadgets like food processor or safe slicers.
Melt butter in large saucepan over med heat. Blend in flour, salt, pepper and onion. Gradually stir in chicken broth.
Cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened. Add carrots and celery, and potatoes. Cook until fork tender. in a small frying pan, cook mushrooms in butter. (good idea for adults to do this part on the stove)
Add mushrooms, peas, and chicken to vegetable mixture. Mix well and pour into large casserole dish (or as momstown Milton did – scoop into pie plates to make a few chicken pot pies).
Cover with rolled pastry and poke a few holes into it to allow steam to come out.
Bake in preheated 400 oven for about 45 min or until pastry is golden. If pastry becomes brown too quickly cover loosely with foil. ENJOY!
Perfect steps to include the kids with:
– washing the vegetables
– Helping to cut the vegetables and cooked chicken up
– Mixing the all the ingredients together and scooping into their pie plates (cool it a bit first, don’t let them burn themselves)
– Rolling the pie crust over top, pinching the sides and poking steam holes.