Chicken Pot Pie

I’ve been wanting to try making something with what Americans call biscuits for a while. They like to have these scone-like things with chicken, and I’ve been intrigued as to what all the fuss is about.

Luckily my faithful ATK Healthy book has a lowered-calorie chicken pot pie. Pot pie was another American thing I wanted to try, so this is a real result of a recipe!

You start by making the biscuits, which are like a soda-bread dough using baking powder and soda, along with buttermilk, to leaven the flour.

CameraZOOM-20130804182435077Mixing dry and wet gives you a dough which you split into buns on a lined baking tray.

CameraZOOM-20130804182917049After 10 minutes in a hot oven they’re part baked, ready for finishing off later in the pot.

CameraZOOM-20130804184213276For the pie filling you’d normally start with a roux, but to avoid excess butter this recipe just toasts the flour. It felt very odd trying flour!
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Once toasted you remove it and set it aside, then fry up your chicken pieces (thighs in our case) on one side.

CameraZOOM-20130804184807365Then you add all your veg to the same pan: carrots, leaks, peppers, onions, etc.

CameraZOOM-20130804185425974While that fries up you mix stock, dry sherry and the toasted flour, then add that to the pan, then re-add the chicken and simmer until the chicken is poached.

CameraZOOM-20130804190318688Then the chicken comes out again, and gets shredded.

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The chicken then goes back in the pot, along with frozen peas and baby spinach, a shot of cream, plus the biscuits. This then gets cooked in the oven for ten minutes. And yes: it feels very cheffy to put the frying pan in the oven!

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After cooking the sauce has thickened, and the biscuits finished cooking.

CameraZOOM-20130804194229671Then it’s time to dish up!

CameraZOOM-20130804194356740And the eating… Well we could see why Americans love their chicken pot pies so much: it was delicious! And you really couldn’t tell it was a low-cal meal, it was really rich and creamy. Although you’re only supposed to have one biscuit each…

 

 

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