Last week, I was concerned about the potential of the tropical system named Danny, so I started making meals that would be easy to reheat should the storm come our way and cause a loss of power. As it turned out, Danny fizzled out.
Not long after that, we had another tropical system named Erika that posed a potential threat. Therefore, I decided to again make something that could be frozen and easily reheated – this time Chicken Pot without the Pie.
I’m not sure where I got the original recipe for the Chicken Pot without the Pie, but seem to remember that it was the base for a pot pie. I’ve never actually used it for a pot pie, but rather consistently have served it over rice – thus the name, “Chicken Pot without the Pie”!
The most time-consuming part of making this is cutting up the chicken and vegetables. Otherwise, it’s quite easy to make!
The ingredients include unsalted butter, chicken, onions, carrots, rutabaga, salt, pepper, dried thyme, flour, white wine, chicken broth, frozen peas, milk and Bisto. If you don’t have Bisto, you can use corn starch in its place.
As a first step, I prepared the mise en place or the ingredients. This included cutting skinless and boneless chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces, cutting the carrots and rutabaga into ¼-inch pieces, and dicing the onion. Once everything was assembled, I melted about 2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, and added the chicken. I cooked the chicken for about 7 minutes, or until all the pink was gone and the pieces were white.
Then, I added the carrots, rutabaga, onions, and the salt, pepper and thyme, and continued cooking the mixture over medium heat until the onions started to get a bit tender. This took about 10 minutes.
I stirred constantly until the mixture was bubbly and thickened. The reason for stirring constantly is that the Bisto has a tendency to form lumps as the mixture approaches the bubbly stage if it’s not stirred.
I served the Chicken and Vegetables over white rice with a fresh loaf of French Bread and a chilled Chardonnay. I froze the leftovers in anticipation of a visit from a tropical system. Yum!
I’m not sure where I got the original recipe for the Chicken Pot without the Pie, but seem to remember that it was the base for a pot pie. I’ve never actually used it for a pot pie, but rather consistently have served it over rice – thus the name, “Chicken Pot without the Pie”! The most time-consuming part of making this is cutting up the chicken and vegetables. Otherwise, it’s quite easy to make!
- 2 pounds skinless and boneless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups about a half rutabaga, peeled and cut into ¼-inch pieces*
- 2 cups (3 large) carrots, peeled and cut into ¼-inch pieces
- 2 1/2 cups (2 large) onions, finely chopped
- 2 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 4 cups (1 quart) low sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups frozen green peas
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 Tablespoons Bisto may use corn starch instead
- White rice cooked according to package directions
- Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until it is white on all sides, about 7 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, thyme, rutabaga, carrots and onions. Cook until the onions are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the flour to mixture; stir until well blended. Cook for 1 minutes. Add the wine and chicken broth. Stir over medium heat until mixture is bubbly and thickened. Cover and cook over low heat until the carrots and rutabaga are tender, about 45 minutes. Add the green peas; stir to combine.
- Increase the heat to medium. Mix the milk and Bisto together; add to chicken and vegetable mixture. Cook stirring often until mixture is bubbly and thickened. Correct the seasonings. Serve over rice. Yield: 8 servings.
*May use turnip root in place of rutabaga.
Note: This freezes extremely well.