Mushroom and Leek Chicken Pot Pie

Serves: up to 5 | Cooking time: 55 minutes

Developed by Brooklyn Supper exclusively for Farmer Focus!

A comforting mushroom and leek chicken pot pie recipe for early spring. The recipe makes full use of chicken thighs’ rich flavors, first by cooking the vegetables in rendered chicken fat, and then by gently poaching the thighs and making a flavorful chicken broth for the filling.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pack Farmer Focus Bone-In Chicken Thighs (about 1.5 pounds)

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, quartered

  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and cut into 4-inch lengths

  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 4-inch lengths

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 10 peppercorns

  • 8 ounces mushrooms, stems removed and sliced

  • 1 - 2 leeks, thoroughly rinsed, chopped

  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, diced

  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 sheet thawed puff pastry or a homemade pastry dough rolled into a 14-inch circle

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Fill a 2-quart saucepan with 4 cups cold water, add the onion, carrots, celery, bay leaves, and peppercorns, and bring to a boil. Turn heat to medium (enough for a gentle simmer) and partially cover the pot.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  4. Meanwhile, set an 11- or 12-inch cast iron or other heavy oven-safe skillets over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil, and then the thighs, skin side down. Cook until skin is a deep golden hue, about 5 minutes, then flip, and cook chicken 5 minutes longer, until it’s nicely seared on all sides. Pour the fat into a container and wipe out the skillet.
  5. Set the seared chicken in the broth, if possible, try to perch the chicken on top of the vegetables so it’s not fully submerged. Partially cover the pot and simmer until the chicken starts to pull off the bone, about 20 minutes.
  6. Set the cast iron skillet over medium/medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of chicken fat and half the mushrooms. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until mushrooms have crisp edges.
  7. Remove mushrooms from a dish. Repeat for the second batch. Add another tablespoon of chicken fat to the skillet (use olive oil if you run out), add the leeks, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, and saute until they’re tender. Fold in the mushrooms and potatoes. Add the flour and stir until the flour darkens and covers all the vegetables. Turn heat to medium-low.
  8. Strain the broth, and set the chicken thighs aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, pull the meat off of chicken bones and rough chop.
  9. Add 2 – 3 cups broth, ½ cup at a time to the skillet, stirring often and giving the mixture time to thicken between additions. Finally, fold in the chicken. Taste and add sea salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Cover the skillet with a sheet of puff pastry dough and trim all but a 2-inch overhang. Tuck these edges up against the sides of the pot pie. Working quickly, brush the pastry with egg wash, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, and use a sharp knife to cut 4 vents in the dough. Set the skillet on a rimmed baking sheet to catch drips.
  11. Bake 20 minutes, or until crust is golden, then turn the heat down to 350 degrees F, and bake pot pie 30 – 35 minutes, or until crust is a deep golden hue and the filling is bubbling vigorously.
  12. Cool for 10 minutes, slice, and serve.
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