faux foodie

Lighter Chicken Potpie from Martha Stewart
March 23, 2009, 2:12 am
Filed under: main course

This is one of Heidi’s fave’s. If you wanted a more traditional pie, you could throw on a pre-made crust easily enough.

Serves 4
* 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves
* Coarse salt and ground pepper
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 4 carrots, sliced 1/4 inch thick
* 1 medium onion, finely chopped
* 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 2 1/2 cups low-fat (1%) milk
* 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
* 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 6 phyllo sheets (each 12 by 17 inches), thawed


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast (avoiding bone) registers 165 degrees, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly; discard skin and bones. Shred meat, and set aside.
2. While chicken is roasting, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add carrots, onion, and thyme; season with salt and pepper, and cook until carrots are crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Gradually add milk, stirring until smooth. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a simmer and thickens.
3. Remove from heat; stir in peas, lemon juice, and chicken, and season with salt and pepper. Pour filling into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.
4. Stack phyllo on a work surface. Using a paring knife, cut out an 11-inch circle from the stack; discard trimmings. Stack 2 circles on work surface, and brush gently with 1 teaspoon oil; repeat with remaining circles and oil. Place phyllo stack over filling, and press down about 1/2 inch from the edge so phyllo fits inside rim of pie plate. Bake until golden and bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Let potpie cool 15 minutes before serving.

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