This is one of my favorite meals! A warm bowl of delicious creamy chicken with veggies that all my family loves - peas, carrots and corn, topped by a flaky and buttery puff pastry crust. Perfection on a bowl!
I decided to make it in individual ramekins because it comes out pretty and neat and it also helps to portion control it. Even though I managed my own portion I cannot say the same about the two men of the house, who ate two pies each!
I also took advantage of using the pressure cooker to cook some extra chicken thighs that were perfect to cook an additional dish - chicken and veggies rice. Using the pressure cooker only once I was able to get all my chicken pot pies and 4 portions of chicken rice, which is a pretty good outcome for so little time spent cooking and just using a few simple, whole ingredients. I also used the leftover chicken stock, from cooking the chicken, to add some more flavor to a vegetable soup that I cooked the next day. I'm all about saving time and making the most of the ingredients I'm using, so with this recipe I ended up getting a whole lot of meals prepped and done!
1 - Preheat the oven to 400 F.
2 - Prep all the veggies for the pie: peel and dice the carrots, celery, onions and garlic cloves.
3 - On a medium heat, cook the vegetables on a big pot with the avocado oil. Let them cook for about 5 minutes and add the flour, mixing really well to get it all incorporated with the vegetables.
4 - Add the Bare Bones chicken bone broth with rosemary and lemon, the water and the cream. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and the thyme.
5 - Let this all simmer in low heat for about 45 minutes. Be sure to stir it, once in a while, and to check on the liquid volume. If necessary, add some more water.
6 - Half way through the filling cooking time add the deboned chicken and keep cooking for the extra time needed. After this time the filling should be ready, bubbly and creamy. Turn the heat off and start prepping the ramekins.
7 - Get the ramekins lined up on a baking sheet or tray and fill each one of them with the chicken filling.
8 - Prepare the puff pastry: cut one large circle to serve as topping to each one of the pot pies, using the ramekins tops as a measure. With the remaining puff pastry cut shapes to decorate the pot pies. I used some leaf cutters and they turned out pretty cute!
9 - Cover the pot pies with the puff pastry tops, brush them with some egg wash (1 beaten egg) and add the extra shapes that had previously been cut. Enjoy yourself decorating these beauties for a bit!
10 - Cook in the oven for about 15 minutes or so, until the crust gets a beautiful golden color.
I just can't have enough of this puff pastry crust, it's so delicious!
Buttery, beautiful and it goes perfectly well with the creamy chicken filling. I can't wait to bake these again with some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving that I've already trimmed and frozen. I was lucky enough to get 2 free turkeys this year so I decided to cook one on Thanksgiving weekend and leave the other to cook later - every extra bit of meat I'll get from those will be prepped and frozen in ziploc bags for specific recipes, like chili, pot pies and turkey soup!
I loved the flavor of the Bare Bones chicken broth with rosemary and lemon and knowing that it gets me so much more benefits that regular cooking broth is definitely a plus! You can make your own broth at home but, definitely, it is a time saver to get this frozen packages. Now, you can get the shelf stable version too. You can find it here, on the brand's website or on Amazon (affiliate link):
If you haven't tried bone broth yet, please do!
t has lots of beneficial properties, as explained on the brand's website. ''The collagen that is extracted when simmering the bones and joints of pastured animals for 24+ hours contain the building blocks of life. Loaded with amino acids, and vital nutrients like calcium, hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and chondroitin, our broths are designed to nourish the mind, body and soul for a life well lived.''
Bone broth can be consumed hot, on a mug, which is a perfect way to start or end your day! Also, you can use it for cooking which makes it even easier for everyone to get it; for example, me kids don't fancy drinking it straight from the package (which they find weird!) but if I use it for my cooking I know they will end up getting the countless benefits from this super food and I'm pretty happy with that! Also, the fact that this broths are certified Paleo, USDA Organic and Whole30 approved can only mean that is the perfect addition to our daily diet.
Take another look at these marvelous pot pies and try the bone broth so you can also get all the benefits from it.