Recipe of the Week: Summer Chicken Pot Pie Galette with Herbed Crust

So it’s been a while since I posted a recipe post, but that’s because my kitchen has been out of action for much of the year and there’s only so many one-pot and barbecue recipes in my arsenal! But now my kitchen renovation is almost complete and the new oven seems to like not burning the bottom of stuff so I am excited to try new recipes and share them with you.

The first week of September, however, had me a little confused as the colder snap had me craving warming foods – pies, soups, casseroles etc. And then I saw next week’s forecast which calls for warmer, more seasonal temperatures so, when I stumbled across this recipe for a Summer Chicken Pot Pie Galette with Herbed Crust (courtesy of blogger How Sweet It Is) it seemed perfect, especially when it uses veggies that are currently available at the farmers market.

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

Herbed Crust
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ice cold water
  • 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Filling
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced (I used a shallot as I like the sweeter flavour)
  • 1 cup baby gold potatoes, diced
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 summer squash, sliced into rounds then cut in half (I used a zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup fresh green beans, cut into thirds
  • 2 ears of corn, corn cut from the cob
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream, plus extra for brushing
  • fresh herbs for sprinkling (I used basil and oregano)

Method:

Herbed Crust
  1. Add the flour, sugar, basil, oregano and salt to a food processor and pulse just until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk mix together the egg, vinegar and water.
  3. Add the cold butter pieces into the food processor and pulse until small coarse crumbs remain.
  4. Sprinkle the water/egg mixture over the flour and pulse again until the dough comes together.
  5. Remove the dough with your hands and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Filling
  1. Heat a dutch oven or pot over medium high heat and add the olive oil and butter. Season the chicken with the salt and pepper then add it to the pot. Cook until the chicken is golden and browned, then remove it with a spoon and place it in a bowl.
  2. Add the 3 tablespoons of butter to the pot with the onion. Sprinkle in a bit more salt and pepper. Stir, then cook the onions until slightly soft, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes and stir, cooking for another 5 minutes and stirring often. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and potatoes and stir gently to create somewhat of a roux with the vegetables. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  4. Slowly stream the chicken stock into the pot while stirring – it will thicken. Stir in the squash, green beans, corn and chicken. Stir in the cream. Taste the mixture and season with salt and pepper if needed – I usually add another sprinkle of each.
  5. Remove the crust from the fridge. Roll the pie crust into a… “rustic” shape – no shape necessary really – until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Place the dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spoon the chicken filling into the center, trying to keep it evenly distributed and folding up the edges as you go. Brush the crust with a few spoonfuls of heavy cream.
  6. Bake the galette for 40 to 45 minutes, until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden. Remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly before slicing and serving, this will help it set up. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and slice!

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One word of advice – put the rolled out pastry on your tray before you add the filling! That way you won’t run the risk of it sticking to the counter and falling apart on you! Luckily I managed to save mine, with a little help from the husband!

Anyway, the results were super delicious and it is one recipe I will be making again, and again, and again!

Enjoy!

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