Healthy Meals Monday: Light Chicken Pot Pie

One of my favorite foods is Chicken Pot Pie – Marie Calendar’s freezer pies are my favorite (but not very healthy . . . bummer)! I decided to try a healthier version and adapted this delicious recipe from Food Network.

Ingredients For the Crust (you could also use a pre-made crust): 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon fine salt 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces 1 large egg 2 tablespoons skim milk For the Filling: 2 small russet potatoes 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth 5 medium carrots, cut into large chunks 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, finely diced 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/3 cup skim milk 3 stalks celery, sliced 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts 1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt 1 cup frozen peas 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Directions Prepare the crust: Pulse the flour, baking powder and salt in a food processor until combined. Add the butter, one piece at a time, pulsing until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Separate the egg; refrigerate the egg white. Beat the egg yolk and milk in a bowl, then add to the food processor, pulsing until the dough comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and gather into a ball. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour. Meanwhile, make the filling: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Prick the potatoes with a fork and bake directly on the oven rack until tender, about 45 minutes. Cool slightly, then peel and break into small pieces. (I placed mine in the microwave for about 5 minutes each instead of the oven and it worked just fine) Bring the chicken broth and carrots to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook 2 minutes; cover and keep warm. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour and stir until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Add the milk, celery, potato pieces and the warm broth mixture and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chicken, yogurt, peas and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the filling to a 2-quart casserole dish.(I used 2 pie tins) Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until about 1/2 inch thick and slightly larger than the dish. Beat the reserved egg white in a bowl; brush over the dough and season with salt and pepper. Press the dough against the sides of the dish. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the crust is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. – I made a little extra dough and put a little on the bottom of the pot pies instead of only the top.

Happy Cooking!
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