Chicken Pot Pie

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 celery stalk tops with leaves
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 to 4 bacon slices
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 large celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 3 carrots, cooked and diced
  • 1 (8.5-ounce) can sweet green peas, drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
  • Cranberry sauce

Preparation

  1. Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil in a large Dutch oven; reduce heat, and simmer mixture 1 1/2 hours or until chicken is done.
  2. Remove chicken, reserving 3 1/2 cups broth in Dutch oven; discard celery tops. Let chicken cool; skin, bone, and cut into bite-size pieces.
  3. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside.
  4. Sauté green onions and chopped celery in hot drippings in skillet over medium heat 5 minutes or until tender. Gradually whisk in flour until blended. Gradually add reserved broth; cook, whisking constantly, 3 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in chicken, bacon, eggs, and next 5 ingredients.
  5. Spoon mixture into a 3-quart baking dish, and top with refrigerated piecrust.
  6. Bake at 450° for 25 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Serve with cranberry sauce.
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