Old Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie in a Pan

Recipe by Debber
READY IN: 1hr 45mins
SERVES: 8-10
YIELD: 1 13x9 pan
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • FOR THE CRUST.
  • Place all ingredients in your bread-maker (according to manufacturer's directions, mine go in "liquid first"); program for "Dough" or "Manual" then press "Start.".
  • The dough will be very sticky at first (like biscuit dough); it will firm up by the end of the kneading time.
  • While the dough is kneading, prepare the filling.
  • FOR THE FILLING.
  • Cook chicken breasts in your normal way (I use water & cooking sherry), reserve broth and separate fat if you can (used in the Gravy).
  • Melt butter in hot pan, saute onion & carrots until lightly browned, add celery, saute until limp-ish.
  • Dump veggies and chicken into large bowl.
  • FOR THE GRAVY.
  • Melt butter and fat (USE ALL BUTTER IF YOU DIDN'T SEPARATE THE FAT FROM THE BROTH) in same pan (as veggies), whisk in the flour.
  • S-L-O-W-L-Y add the reserved broth, continually whisking out the lumps.
  • Whisk in the cream and S & P.
  • Turn off the heat, stir in meat & veggies.
  • FOR THE GLAZE:
  • In a small bowl, mix egg and water, beating to a frothy mess; set aside.
  • ASSEMBLY.
  • Lightly spray or butter a 13x9 pan; pour chicken/gravy mixture into this dish.
  • Transfer bread dough to a floured work surface; knead by hand five times (count 'em); now let it rest for five minutes (this works, trust me).
  • Flour a rolling pin and roll dough into a 10 x 14-inch rectangle; do NOT over-work the dough, light touches are best!
  • Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut rolled-out dough into two-inch squares or diamonds if you're really creative!
  • Place squares/diamonds on top of the chicken-veg-gravy mixture in the pan--aim for a cobblestone look (overlap them a bit).
  • Brush generously with egg glaze (this will give the dough a nice brown--slightly shiny--finish).
  • Put into a COLD oven, turn heat to 350 (the dough will rise a bit while the oven heats); bake 35-45 minutes--the dough will be a lovely rich brown color.
  • Let rest about 5 minutes before serving.
  • With a green salad or a fruit salad on the side you have climbed to the top of the pedestal!
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