Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Here's a homey dish that repurposes leftover chicken or turkey with a minimum of fuss. Don't be intimidated by puff pastry, which you'll find in the frozen food section of your supermarket: It's easy to use and never fails to impress. If you don't want to bother making 4 individual servings, feel free to consolidate everything in one larger casserole dish or pie plate.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small to medium onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 cups homemade chicken or turkey gravy, or jarred gravy such as Boston Market
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons dry sherry (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 3 to 4 cups cooked skinless chicken or turkey meat, diced into cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Flour for dusting the countertop
  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry (we use Pepperidge Farm)
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon of water

Preparation

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Stir in the gravy and cream and heat gently. Add the peas and carrots, sherry (if using), poultry seasoning, thyme leaves, and chicken or turkey meat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. (Note: You might not need to add salt depending on how the gravy and meat were seasoned.)

Coat 4 individual serving casserole dishes or bowls with cooking spray. Divide the gravy and chicken mixture among them.

Unroll the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured countertop. Let thaw slightly. Cut it into four equal pieces, each large enough to fit over the casserole dishes. Make several small slits in the center to let the steam escape. (You can trim the puff pastry "lids" to fit with a sharp knife if desired.) Position on top of the pot pie filling, crimping any overhang. Brush lightly with the egg wash. Transfer the pot pies to a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 400 degrees F ("High" if you have a 3-position controller) and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Bake the pot pies for 30 minutes, or until the puff pastry is nicely browned and the filling is bubbling. Serve immediately.