Chicken pot pie originated in Greece and found its way to America via its English colonizers. Or so I’ve read.
In the Philippines, chicken pot pie is called chicken pastel, a fusion of the American chicken pie and the Spanish pastel de pollo.
This recipe is neither American nor Spanish. It just a delicious chicken pot pie that defies regional origin.
A little cream was my chosen binder for meat pie filling. Not anymore. I wondered what would happen if I made a basic chicken and potato salad — with mayo — and used it for a chicken pot pie filling. The result was surprisingly good. Moist but not wet enough to make the bottom crust soggy. In fact, the bottom crust was just as crisp and flaky as the top crust.
I suggest that you make the dough and let it chill in the fridge while you prepare the filling. Pie crust dough is easier to handle when it has chilled and rested.
Once the filling is ready, divide the pie crust dough into two portions then roll out into circles.
Use one to line the pie pan and the other to cover and seal the filling.
- 1-1/2 kilograms chicken (I used drumsticks but thighs will be just as great), boiled
- 700 grams potatoes , boiled
- 200 to 200 grams mushrooms (I used straw mushrooms but white or brown button mushrooms will be just as good)
- 300 grams baby asparagus
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- double pie crust rolled into two circles
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Debone the chicken and cut the meat into bite-size pieces. Please do not shred the chicken meat too finely. It is nicer to still be able to discern the ingredients and their textures even after the pie has been baked.
Dice the potatoes. No need to peel them.
Slice the mushrooms.
Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for 30 seconds then drain and plunge into iced water to refresh. Cut into 2-inch lengths.
Place the chicken, potatoes, asparagus and mushrooms in a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to blend.
Line the pie pan with pie crust dough. Pour in the filling. Cover with the other pie crust dough. Trim, crimp and flute the edges. (see the detailed instructions).
Brush the top, including the edges, with egg wash. Use a fork or a thin knife to pierce the top crust in several places to create vents for the steam that builds inside the pie during baking. If you skip this part, there will be an air pocket between the filling and the top crust of your pie.
Bake the chicken pie in a preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until the top and edges are lightly browned in spots.
Now here’s the hardest part of all. Let the pie rest for about 15 minutes before cutting. If you cut it immediately, the crust will be too crumbly, the filling will be loose and the sliced portions will look terrible. Don’t believe me?
We had this chicken pot pie for dinner the other night and no one could wait beyond ten minutes after the pie was removed from the oven. The cut sides of the crust looked serrated instead of having clean edges.
And instead of a compact filling, the chicken and potatoes separated from one another. But it was delicious. Too much torture to wait longer.