This may look beastly, but it's big-time comfort food. Fresh rosemary makes the pretend stitches on the potpie's surface.
Total TimePrep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 40 min. + standing
- 3 to 4 pounds bone-in chicken breast halves
- 1-3/4 quarts water
- 1 small onion, peeled
- 1 celery rib
- 1 large carrot
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
- 1 large carrot
- Fresh rosemary leaves
- In a stockpot, bring the chicken, water, onion, celery, carrot and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until chicken is tender.
- Remove chicken and vegetables from broth. When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; discard skin and bones. Cut chicken into cubes. Chop the onion, celery and carrot. Strain broth and skim fat; set broth aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, onion salt, celery salt, pepper and remaining salt. Add 1/2 cup broth; whisk until smooth. In a large saucepan, bring 3 cups broth to a boil; whisk in flour mixture. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; add chicken and vegetables. Transfer to a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate.
- To finish, roll out pastry to fit top of pie. Cut a piece of carrot into a triangle and place in the center of pie. Gently place pastry over pie; trim and flute edges. Cut eyes, mouth and scars into pastry; thread rosemary leaves for stitches.
- Cover edges loosely with foil. Bake at 400° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and filling is bubbly. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Chicken Potpie in Ultimate Halloween 2012 Bookazine