Chicken Pot Pie must be the nearly perfect winter food. Rich, hearty and comforting. However perfect the traditional pot pie may be, it does in my mind have some drawbacks. For one, traditional pot pies are surrounded by rich pastry – not exactly calorie friendly. This pastry cocoon also traps heat within the crust – resulting in near molten temperatures when served and the inevitable mouth burn. Lastly, traditional pot pies are not generally best for larger gatherings, because most people don’t have individual ramekins for 8-12. In confronting these challenges, this month I created a rich yet lighter version by removing the crust and making the crust optional as a biscuit topping. My pot pie is also a one pot meal, and can be served family style right out of the pot. Instead of traditional boiled chicken, peas, carrots, and celery… I chose winter flavors such as roast chicken, wild mushrooms, french green beans and tarragon. What resulted is a super easy, calorie friendly (only 350 calories for a 1 1/2 cup serving!), hearty pot pie that pairs perfectly with a nice winter red such as our Pinot Noir.
- 1 – store bought rotisserie chicken – deboned and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 16 oz. wild mushrooms – roughly cut into bite sized pieces
- 2 medium leeks, thoroughly washed and cut into 1/2 in slices – about 2 cups
- 2 cups french green beans – cut into 1 inch pieces
- 5 cups chicken stock (not broth)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 packed tbs. fresh tarragon – minced
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- 2 tbs. butter
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 – package store bought biscuits
Add the butter and olive oil to a large soup pot and place over medium heat. Add the sliced leeks and saute for a couple minutes until the leeks have softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook for 5-6 minutes until the mushrooms have browned and softened.
Add 4 cups of the chicken stock, the chicken, cream, salt, pepper, mustard, and tarragon to the pot.
In a small bowl, add the remaining 1 cup of chicken stock then whisk in the 1/2 cup of flour. Mix well dissolving any lumps. Stir the flour/stock mixture into the pot. Stir well to combine.
Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes until slightly thickened. Stir in the green beans and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the biscuits according to package directions. For a brown top, brush with an egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 tbs. water) before baking.
To serve, ladle the filling into bowls and top with a biscuit.
Makes 6 – 1 1/2 cup servings. For larger parties easily double the recipe to serve 12.