When my daughters were little, there was a movie out in the theaters called Chicken Run. They couldn’t wait to see it.
This animated film is about a band of chickens who recruit a savvy rooster to help them escape death, when the owners of the farm where they live decide to sell chicken pot pie instead of eggs.
Luckily, my kids thought the movie was hilarious, and the plot did not dissuade them from requesting pot pie for dinner that evening!
Since we were out for the day, we had to settle for takeout. But the kids and I prefer making this dish, as well as countless other comfort food classics, at home.
Over the years, I have experimented with different ingredients. I usually just choose from whatever vegetables I have on hand. This time, I used a mix of potatoes, onions, carrots, peas, and mushrooms. Feel free to cook with your own favorites.
Curry powder is a popular mixed spice, and my family loves it. We even make our own homemade version! We like to add it to stir-fry and chicken salad. But mixing a couple tablespoons of it into this savory filling for subtle heat and tons of flavor is definitely our all-time favorite way to use it.
I prefer to use a traditional pie dough with plenty of butter to get that light and flaky crust. I’ve also made this recipe as a casserole and dropped unbaked biscuit dough on top before baking for an even heartier meal.
Give this delicious update a try! Here’s how:
Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Make the Dough
In a large mixing bowl, combine the all purpose flour, salt, and butter.
Using a pastry cutter or your hands, cut and mix the butter into the flour until the mixture has a crumbly appearance.
Stir in the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a uniform dough forms, with chunks of butter still visible in the dough. You may not need to use all of the water. To keep the crust light and flaky, do not overmix.
Cover and set in the fridge to chill while preparing the filling.
Step 2 – Prep the Ingredients for the Filling
While fresh is best, feel free to use frozen or canned peas, carrots, and mushrooms in a pinch!
Measure the butter, curry powder, green peas, stock, salt, pepper, cornstarch, and water.
Step 3 – Cook the Filling
In a large, deep skillet, heat the butter until melted. Add the onions, potatoes, carrots, garlic, and curry powder. Cook for about 5 minutes to soften the vegetables.
Step 4 – Add the Slurry
In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Stir it into the filling and cook for just another minute or two, until the liquid starts to thicken.
Remove from heat and let cool slightly while preparing the next step.
Step 5 – Assemble the Bottom Crust
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Set out a 9-inch deep dish pie pan.
Remove the pie dough from the fridge and place on a well-floured surface. Divide it equally in half, and roll out one half to 1/8-inch thickness using a rolling pin.
Roll it out until it will fit the base of the pie pan, being sure there is a little excess around the edges. Carefully transfer it to the bottom of the pan, pressing gently down on the bottom and around the sides, leaving the overhanging dough in place.
Put it back in the refrigerator for about 10 to 15 minutes, until cold and firm.
Add the slightly cooled filling to the pie shell and spread it evenly over the bottom crust.
Step 6 – Assemble the Top Crust
Roll out the remaining dough to 1/8-inch thickness to fit over the top of the pan, with a little excess around the edges. Place on top of the filling.
Press the bottom and top overhang together, and fold the excess around the edges of the pan underneath itself. Crimp the edges with your fingers or a fork. Cut a few slits in top of the dough to allow the steam to escape while it is baking.
Whisk together the egg and water for the egg wash, and generously brush the top of the crust with it, brushing around the slits to avoid sealing them.
Step 7 – Bake and Serve
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling beneath the slits.
Remove from the oven, and let cool for 10 minutes before serving in large slices. Enjoy!
A Spiced Update on a Classic Comfort Food Dish
My family is always in the mood for a comfort food classic like this dish, especially when I mix things up with the tasty addition of a warming curry powder.
It’s the best meal when you want a wholesome, hearty dinner that will leave you feeling full and satisfied. And you’ll be looking forward to eating these leftovers!
Daunted by the crust? Don’t be! Perfect your pie game with our helpful guide on preparing the flakiest crust.
How do you like to update traditional meals? What are some unique ingredients you like to add to change the flavor? Let us know by posting a comment below.
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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
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