May 2, 2012

Chicken Pot Pie

I love comfort food! There is something so satisfying about eating a casserole or fried chicken on a Sunday afternoon. For a number of years when my husband and I first got married I stopped making any type of comfort food. I am lucky that my mother-in-law makes a delicious broccoli casserole and there seems to be a Cracker Barrel at every exit in this area. So whenever I got a craving for chicken and dumplings I could easily find them somewhere else other than my own kitchen. Slowly though I got tired of only having comfort food at restaurants and other people's houses and started making my own recipes at home. I fell in love with chicken pot pie made from scratch and started making it at least once a month. Even though I have a number of pot pie recipes that I love I was interested when Woman's Day magazine had a recipe for Chicken Pot Pie using the slow-cooker and a puff pastry topping.
This recipe has 12 ingredients. It takes 7 hours and 15 minutes, 15 minutes of which is active and makes 4 servings. All the ingredients were easy to find at my local grocery store and I made no ingredient modifications. The only changes I made to the recipe was in regards to the puff pastry. My puff pastry took less than the 20-25 minutes suggested. I would say that my puff pastry was full browned at approximately 15 minutes. Additionally, I made my chicken pieces smaller than 2-inches, probably closer to an inch. I felt the smaller pieces were better for my two kids. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.
With the leftover puff pastry I made dessert puffs with nuts and honey for my two boys. They were very popular with my two boys and made a great sweet ending to the meal. The chicken pot pie turned out delicious. I love that it uses the slow-cooker and that the puff pastry is added at the plate. The puff pastry makes a great flaky topping and the flavor from the dill was great. I would suggest cutting down on the amount of dill if you aren't a big fan of the taste of fresh dill. The dill definitely has a definitive flavor, so if dill isn't one of your favorite herbs I would suggest cutting the total amount in half. Overall, another great slow-cooker recipe that has all the flavor of a traditional chicken pot pie recipe with very little effort.

For the recipe go to Chicken Pot Pie.
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