We had rehearsals every night leading up to the concert. Knowing we wouldn’t have time to cook dinner, I made these chicken potpies in advance. Hubs is trying to reduce his carb intake, so I left out potatoes. The extra veggies more than made up for the lack of potatoes. And the individual pies upped the pastry/filling ratio, which was just fine with me!
- Pour the chicken stock and milk into a saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat. Cover and keep warm.
- Melt butter in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic and sauté until vegetables are soft. Season with salt and pepper. Add the peas and corn and cook another 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken.
- Sprinkle the flour over the chicken mixture and stir until combined. Pour in the chicken stock mixture and keep stirring until the flour has dissolved. Place the mixture into a 2 quart casserole or individual casseroles. Sprinkle thyme leaves over the top. Roll out pastry dough and cover the casserole dish(es). Crimp to seal the edges.
- Beat the egg with a little bit of water in a small bowl. Brush the egg wash over the pastry dough. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Garnish with some thyme sprigs. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
I've received a lot of questions about freezing and reheating the pot pies. Once the pot pies have been filled and covered with the pastry dough, cover with foil and freeze. To reheat: thaw ahead of time and bake, uncovered, according to the directions below.