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Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie with Walnuts

Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie with Walnuts
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep Time: 20 Mins.
  • Cook Time: 60 Mins.
  • This classic recipe is all about showcasing the vegetables with the chicken, without hiding all the work under a traditional biscuit. The walnuts help to thicken the cooking liquid for the pot pie instead of flour and add great flavor and texture to the crust. This tasty crowd-pleaser has a fancy lattice crust that will have your guests ooh-ing and ahh-ing.
  • For a Fresh Twist: If you want to go simpler, cut a pie round larger than the baking dish, place over the filling and seal the edges with the egg yolk. Cut an incision in the top to allow steam to escape as the pot pie cooks.

Ingredients

  • 1 box gluten free pie crust mix
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound pearl onions
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced onto 1/2-inch rounds
  • 2-3 stalks small celery, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1 quart low sodium chicken stock
  • 1-1/2 pound bonesless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup chopped Fisher® Walnuts, divided
  • 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten with a splash of cold water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare crust according to package directions. Refrigerate until ready to use. Coat the inside of a deep 9-inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the crust: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use enough of the prepared crust for a 9-inch pie shell. Roll it into a circle that’s about 1/8-inch thick. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 1-inch strips. Arrange the pie crust strips on the prepared cookie sheet to form a lattice design. Place the crust in the freezer until it is firm enough to easily release from the parchment.
  3. Make the filling: In a large sauté pan, melt the butter and add the onions, carrots and celery. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the vegetables become tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Cook the chicken: In another medium pot, bring the chicken stock to a low boil and add the chicken breast to the stock. Simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove the chicken breast to a cutting board and cut into ¾-inch pieces; set aside.
  5. Make the sauce: Increase heat to high and boil the stock until it reduces to 1½ cups. While the stock is reducing finely chop ½ cup of the walnuts. In a small bowl, add the cornstarch to a few spoonfuls of the stock, whisking until smooth. Stir the cornstarch mixture and the finely chopped walnuts into the stock. Bring to a boil and simmer gently over medium heat, whisking steadily, until the cornstarch and walnuts thicken the liquid enough that it will coat the vegetables and chicken, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the cream and thyme.
  6. Combine: Pour the creamy walnut mix over the vegetables. Stir in the peas, cooked chicken and most of the parsley. Taste the mixture and add salt and pepper, if needed.
  7. Assemble the pie: Transfer the chicken and vegetable filling to the pie plate. Slide the frozen pie crust lattice off of the parchment and onto the top of the filling. Trim the edge to the rim of the pie plate. Brush the crust strips with the egg yolk.
  8. Bake: Place in the oven on the baking sheet that was used for the crust to catch any drips and bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling hot, 45 to 50 minutes. Garnish with the remaining ¼ cup chopped walnuts and parsley.
  9. Tip: Place a baking sheet under the pie so any liquids that might overflow during cooking don’t land on the bottom of your oven and burn or make a mess.
  10. Tip: You can also use roasted chicken thighs, cubed, if you prefer. Simply substitute in the same amount of chicken thigh meat.
  11. Tip: To peel the pearl onions, place them in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes and then transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Cut off the root end and squeeze from the top—they’ll pop out! If you prefer larger onions, substitute 1 cup large-diced red onions for the pearl onions.
  12. Tip: Lattice crust more work than you want? Just top the pie with a whole crust. Trim to the edge of the pan and be sure to cut some slits in the top.

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