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Smokey Chicken Pie

Smokey Chicken Pie

If you follow me on twitter you’ll know that I’ve been in kind of a slump lately.  Part of it is that I’ve been sick a lot lately, it’s that time of year where I have cold upon cold upon flu upon cold.  Then there’s the weather.  It’s been dreary, I don’t want to do much of anything.  Fighting this slump has been hard, no amount of exercise or positive thinking seems to make me want to do anything but mope around.  I’ve been looking for something, anything to help snap me out of it.  So when I learned that February is National Pie Month it hit me- this is the perfect opportunity to give myself a task, a mission!

For the month of February, in honor of this sacred month o’ pie, I will be posting two pie recipes a week.  One savory, one sweet.  Plus a romantical bonus pie on Valentine’s Day.  I’ve gotten a lot of requests so far but if there’s a pie in particular that you’d like to see, I’d love to hear it!  I think this is going to be a fun journey, friends!  Exactly what we need to kick the midwinter blues.  Furthermore, if you’d like to join me in celebrating National Pie Month, let me know and I’ll add links to each post.  And you can follow all the fun on twitter under #natlpiemonth!

This week’s savory pie is a smokey chicken pie.  A close cousin of a chicken pot pie but without the pot (and the gravy) it is, as my friend Nick described it, “the best parts of thanksgiving between two crusts.  It’s hearty but not too heavy, with a lot of flavor and a ton of fresh vegetables packed in there.  The perfect kick off to the month o’ pie!

Smokey Chicken Pie


2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp garlic powder

1/4 cup vegetable shortening

1 stick butter

1/2 cup ice cold water


2 chicken breasts

2 cups peas (frozen)

2 garlic cloves

3 tbsp butter

4-6 medium sized carrots

10-12 cremini mushrooms

3 red potatoes

1 red onion

1 cup green onions, chopped

4 tbsp chicken stock

3 tbsp plain yogurt

2 tsps liquid smoke

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp chipotle powder

1 egg for glazing

Start with your pie dough.  Sift dry ingredients.  Using your hands, work in shortening.  Cube butter and work it in.  Continue to blend until the consistency is that of course cornmeal.  Stir in the water, a little at a time until your dough forms a ball.  Divide in half.  Wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Cook your chicken breast.  Set aside.

In a large skillet, melt butter.  Dice garlic and add to the pan.  Peel and chop carrots, add to the pan.  Dice potatoes, mushrooms, and onion.  Add to the mix.  Cook over medium heat until the carrots and potatoes have softened slightly.  Add vegetable stock, 1/2 of the liquid smoke, and spices.  Stir in green onions.  Cook for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from heat.

While the vegetables are cooking, chop your chicken.  Return to pan and saute in remaining liquid smoke and a dash of salt.  Add into the mix.  Stir in yogurt.

Remove half of the dough from the fridge.  Roll it out on a floured, non-stick surface (like a sil-pat).  Roll it out so it is 1 foot x 1 foot wide and 1/4″ thick.  Drape the crust over the rolling pin and transfer it to the pie dish.  Press into the pie dish.  Scoop filling into the pie dish.  Roll out top, repeating the steps, and lay it over the pie.  Press the edges together and remove any excess dough.

Whisk egg and brush over the top of the pie.  Cut slits in the top and bake for 45 minutes at 375.

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  • Meister @ The Nervous Cook

    06.02.2011 at 11:16 Reply

    Pie Month! I love it, and I can’t wait to see your sweet/savory ideas. (My father-in-law loves mince-meat pie; any chance you’ve got one of those on deck?)

  • Samantha

    07.02.2011 at 12:43 Reply

    My boyfriend loves chess pie, but I’ve never found a recipe that I love. Do you have a good one??

    • elena

      07.02.2011 at 19:00 Reply

      I’ll actually be posting a great chocolate chess as next week’s sweet pie. I may do just a traditional chess pie for Pie Day in March!

  • anneg

    08.03.2011 at 06:32 Reply

    How funny – I finally got to delving into my RSSfeeder and found your pies! Fantastic! It’s pie week in the UK at the moment and in it’s honour I made a 3 course pie supper – A tribute to the majesty that is pie.

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