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Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

Adapted from recipe in Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys

My sweet husband gave me this cookbook for Christmas (I think he is trying to tell me something), and the Savory Chicken Pocket Pies was the first recipe I have tried, and let me just say it was DE-LISH! Oh and did I mention that they are scrumptious? Delectable? Well, they are.

Can You Freeze Pie Dough?

You can freeze pie dough for up to 3 months.

Roll the dough in a ball and freeze in a heavy duty freezer bag.

Or, roll dough into a circle and place in a pie pan.

Wrap well in plastic and foil and freeze.

Can You Freeze Unbaked Chicken Pot Pie?

Wrap the pie in plastic wrap and then in foil.

Freeze for up to 3 months.

Do not thaw before baking.

Is Chicken A Good Source of Protein?

Chicken is a pretty good source of lean protein.

A 3-ounce serving of cooked chicken breast has about 25 grams of protein.

Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

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Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 1 recipe

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Pastry:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 cups plus 2 tbsp. flour plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Filling

  • 1 heaping cup of shredded chicken
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or some olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/3 cup celery I left this out
  • 1/2 cup carrot chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon course salt
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 recipe Cream Cheese Pastry
  • 1 large egg for egg wash

Instructions

Cream Cheese Pastry

  • Process the butter, cream cheese, and cream in a food processor (if you are lucky to have one), or a hand mixer, or the good old-fashioned way: by hand.
  • Add the flour and salt. Process until combined and the dough hold together in a ball.
  • Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface.
  • Divide into 2 pieces.
  • Flatten into disks and wrap each in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes before rolling out. If you chill overnight, take it out 15 minutes before rolling out.
  • While it chills make the filling.

Filling

  • Melt the butter in a hot skillet, add onion, celery, and carrot. I like my onions carmelized, so I cooked this mixture longer, and also added a little chicken broth and then finished with a little vinegar.
  • Once the mixture is where you like it, stir in the salt and flour and cook for a minute longer.
  • Add the chicken broth and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken and parmesan cheese. Then cool this in the fridge.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Butter or line a baking pan.
  • Working with one disk at a time, place on a floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll gently from the center of the dough to the top and bottom edges. Rotate the disk and roll to the top and bottom edges again. Reflour the surface, and pin, and flip the dough over and repeat the process. Continue with this until you have a large disc, about 12 or so inches.
  • Now take a bowl, about 5ish inches in diameter and cut out your circles.
  • Then gather the leftover dough and do it again.

Filling the Crusts

  • Place some of the filling on half of the circle.
  • Wet the edges of the dough with water. Fold the dough over to form a half circle. Pinch the edges of the dough together. Crip edges with a fork.And repeat until all pockets are filled.
  • Place the pockets on the baking sheet and chill for a few minutes.
  • Prick each pie on top twice with a fork.
  • When ready to bake, beat the egg with 1 tablespoon water.
  • Brush the egg wash over each pocket pie.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Pair with a lovely spinach salad, or maybe even some applesauce.

Notes

These are also great because you can freeze them before you bake them, just placing on a baking sheet until frozen solid, and then storing a resealable bag. Or you can bake them, and freeze them to later reheat.
Nutrition Facts
Savory Chicken Pocket Pies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 3388
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 786.5mg262%
Carbohydrates 231.4g77%
Fiber 10.8g45%
Sugar 25.1g28%
Protein 90.8g182%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

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4 comments

  • Michelle, you are so sweet!! I'm back from the hospital and it did help a little so I am good for right now. I am so glad you like the blog and wish it were me posting, but food and I are sworn enemies right now. thanks for checking in. it means more than you know

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  • Oh, Julia Child, wielder of butter and goodness, you are truly an awesome woman.

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  • No wonder these look amazing, they are made Julia Child style:tons of butter and cream! We'll have to try them sometime.

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  • Ok, first of all, I love your blog! Secondly, I don't know if you know who I am, but I spoke with your husband the other day about coming over and seeing if you needed any help (what with being on bedrest and everything), and… I am a loser and haven't done it yet! But I also didn't want you to think I was some crazy off the street! So… seriously, can we help you with ANYTHING?

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