Roasted or other cooked chicken breast is used for this quick and easy Curried Chicken Pot Pie. Pot pies are warm and inviting. Curry powder added to the sauce gives this pie an intriguing flavor. Using prepared ingredients from the supermarket, you can put this pie together in minutes. It’s a one-pot meal that only takes 30 minutes to make.
A ready-to-bake pie crust makes this dish a breeze. This recipe for 2 calls for a 6-inch deep dish or soufflé dish. Most crusts are 8 or 9 inches. Simply lay the crust over the 6-inch dish and cut away the extra dough.
To shorten the cooking time, sprinkle seasoned breadcrumbs over the ingredients instead of a pie crust and bake 10 minutes.
If you like, open a washed, ready-to-eat bag of salad to go with it.
ENTREE: CURRIED CHICKEN POT PIE
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 tablespoon mild curry powder
1 1/2-cups frozen diced onion
1 1/2-cups frozen diced green pepper
1/4 pound sliced baby bello mushrooms (about 1 1/2-cups)
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup frozen peas
3/4 pound cooked chicken breast, skin and bones removed (about 3 1/3 cups)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 ready-to-bake pie crust.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the curry powder, onion, green pepper and mushrooms. Saute 5 minutes. Add the flour to the vegetable mixture, stir to blend and add the chicken broth. Simmer to thicken about 1 minute. Mix the peas into the sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and place in a deep oven-proof pie dish or a souffle dish about 6 inches in diameter. Pour the sauce over the chicken and mix well. Place the pie crust over the top and prick it with a fork in several places. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.
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|Makes 2 servings.
|The nutrition analysis is for the whole meal.|
Linda Gassenheimer is the author of sixteen cookbooks including her newest, The Portion Plan: How to Eat the Foods You Love and Still Lose Weight and Good-Carb Meals in Minutes. Visit Linda on her web page at www.miamiherald.com or send her an email.
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