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theREALchef: Chicken-Pot-Pie


Happy Hump-Day! Today I’m going to share with you, a wonderful all time autumn favorite.

Chicken Pot-Pie.

This recipe has been 5 years in the making… I have been trying and trying to prefect it. It’s one of EverSoLightly’s favorite dishes, so it was a big deal for me to be able to make it anytime. A few years ago (3! yikes!) I went over to his parent’s house and his mom (Urbanterra) gave me a lesson in how to make her pot pie. Obviously, this recipe isn’t exactly hers… It’s now mine šŸ™‚ I made some changes, because no matter what I did it never turned out exactly the same (according to EverSoLightly.)Ā 

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My adaptation of her classic recipe was a HUGE hit. He had more than one helping and it was super easy to make! So I figured, why not share it with others! Without further ado, here is my recipe!

Katie’s Yummy chicken Pot-Pie

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Ingredients:
2 Medium or large carrots – chopped to your liking (I prefer NOT to peel them, but thats up to you.)
2 stalks of celery – chopped to your liking.
3 Green onions – chopped.
A pinch (or 1/2 a teaspoon) of Thyme
2 Medium or larger potatoes – again, chopped to your liking. (I don’t peel these either.)
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked. (about 2 cups once chopped up.) You could also take the route I used…Buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store… This is a great idea if you’re making 2 pies, or if you’re going to have chicken for dinner later in the week.
1/4th a cup of butter… make sure it’s real butter, SmartBalance will not work.
1/4th a cup of Flour
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 a teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 box pie crust (or, if you dare, homemade.)

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Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 375
Put your chopped carrots & potatoes into a medium/large pot with water & cook for about 10 minutes until cooked just enough that they won’t mush up in the pie.
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Once they’ve been cooked, strain them & set them aside.
In that same pot, melt your butter.Ā 
Once it’s melted, add your flour & stir until mixed.
Now add in your chicken stock, Thyme, salt & pepper, (I added my celery now too) boil for 2 minutes.

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Now your sauce should be…well a sauce šŸ™‚ Now you’ll want to mix all the ingredients into the sauce. Stir well.

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Take your pie crust & place in your pie dish, pour your ingredients into crust, cover with remaining crust & tossed into the oven for roughly 30 minutes until the crust is a beautiful golden brown.
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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have! It’s perfect on a rainy autumn day. šŸ™‚

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Yay for Traditions!


 

Yesterday, we continued our tradition of carving pumpkins with one of my oldest, and one of our dearest friends, Thomas. It’s been 3 years now of us carving pumpkins together, and though other people have come and gone from the equation, and moved on with their lives, we’ve always managed to get the three of us together for a few awesome traditions.

I made chili, which I’ll post the EASY recipe at the bottom of this post, and my VERY first home made apple pie, made from scratch without any help! Yay! I haven’t tried it yet though, but I heard it was pretty good.

Onto the DELICIOUS chili recipe!

I made this up on my own, so you can always change it to however you think you’d like it best!!

1lb ground beef, ground turkey, chicken or tofu, or whatever you prefer
2 cans petite diced tomatoes
2 cans tomato SAUCE, the small cans.
2 cans Bushes CHILI beans, Medium trust me. I’m a wimp when it comes to spices and medium is the way to go, never get mild, at least get medium haha
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 package chili seasoning (or home made)
1 cup diced onion (I just use minced onion you buy in the seasoning section!)

Cook meat, until brown/done. Drain fat
toss meat, and all the other ingredients into a large pot.
heat until hot
top with cheese, sour cream, onions or whatever you prefer!
Eat then enjoy!

 

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Autumn has arrived!


 

I have so much to post, and so much to share and update. Maybe, it’ll all get done this weekend, and maybe, it won’t. I’m not sure. haha. Hang in there everyone!

We have welcomed Fall/Autumn with a warm hug, delicious spiced cider and a lot of other goodies. The first thing I did? Started the, not so long path of going back to my natural hair color! Yay me!

EverSoLightly and I went geocaching on the first day of fall, I was very proud of myself, because I found this one right as EverSoLightly was ready to give up! šŸ˜€

Today, err rather Yesterday, we had a baking day! It was delicious! So, I’m going to share one of our recipes with you! Then, I’ll try and post one recipe a day for the next week, including the AMAZING mexican feast we had on Thursday and another meal plus a few others that I’ve made.

I’m going to start off simple since it’s almost 2am.

Spiced Cider! Delicious! We made this tonight, and are going to make more tomorrow! It’s the PERFECT Fall/Winter drink, and though theĀ ingredientsĀ sound a bit…sketch…it’s not. It is AMAZING. Trust me!

Total Time: 15 minutes.
Serves, 4, or 2 if you have big mugs and go back for seconds hahaha! I do not have a photo of this, sorry!

What you’ll need:

6 cups apple cider, any brand, or home-made but not the packet stuff. REAL cider.

1/4th a cup REAL maple syrup, not that fake crap most people use, the REAL stuff, it’s a bit pricy but SO WORTH it, buy it, use it in this and on everything breakfast, it’s usually 5.99 per container, sometimes more. Any brand just make sure it says REAL maple syrup and read theĀ ingredientsĀ to check.

2 tablespoons (TBS) of Mulling Spice mixture. I bought mine for $5 at Target, but even that one that I linked to is cheaper than buying all theĀ ingredientsĀ on their own, and it’ll last you several times of making this or anything else.

Cheese Cloth, Kitchen Twine. I used new pantyhose that I had washed but never worn, then cut the foot off and knotted itself.

Directions:

Pour Cider, and maple syrup into a saucepan, medium to large size. Stir. Put your mulling spices in your cheese cloth, tie it shut, place in saucepan. Cook on Medium-High for a few minutes until hot. StirringĀ occasionallyĀ  Don’t boil, you want it to be a toasty warm drink but not boiled. Serve in your favorite mug, or glass. If you have any around, put a cinnamon stick in each mug. Enjoy!