Friday, October 1, 2010

Mini Chicken Pot Pies


Listen closely.  The rustle of dry leaves, that slight chill in the air, your beloved pumpkin spiced latte.  They're all signs that fall is coming, bringing with it a slew of holiday parties, from housewarmings to Thanksgiving soirees.  And while I love me a good party, I am not a fan of this new fangled party food.  Since when did a bowl of wasabi peas and cocktails constitute "food?"  At the last soiree we attended, the hubster had to nudge me because apparently, I was eating the aforementioned wasabi peas as a meal.  Well, forgive me.  It was a 6 p.m. party and in my world, 6 p.m. is dinner time.  If you're going to have a party at 6 p.m., even if it's an appetizers only party, your appetizers have to be something more substantial than wasabi peas.  Or you need to have a lot of wasabi peas on hand because I'm going to eat those little buggers like a meal.  And the irony of it all?  I don't even like wasabi peas. 

So what constitutes substantial party food for a lovely fall soiree?  Little cups of butternut squash soup.  A roasted vegetable tart.  Smoked turkey and cranberry jelly on brioche rounds.  Mini chicken pot pie.  Wait, chicken pot pie?  How would one serve this perfect fall meal at a party without dripping sauce and delicious bit of chicken and vegetables all over the place? 


I was thoroughly perplexed.  And then, like an omen, Nature's Pride announced an opportunity to come up with a party bite using one of their breads.  It was like I was being guided to somehow create a mini chicken pot pie party bite to ease the plight of hungry, partygoers everywhere.  Saturday, I toasted and buttered a slice of delicious Nature's Pride Potato bread and ate it while contemplating how I was going to create the perfect mini chicken pot pie.  Then, I ate another slice of toasted, buttered bread because well, contemplating is hard work.


The plan was to use the bread like a crust.  I cut cute little bread circles, glared at the hubster to stop eating the bread circles, brushed the outside and the edges with butter, and placed them inside a muffin pan (like cupcake liners).  I baked the bread cups and took 'em out when they were golden brown and perfectly crunchy.  Again, I glared at the hubster to stop eating the bread cups.  I concocted a delicious chicken pot pie filling with tender vegetables and seasoned chicken and placed a dollop of the mixture in each of the bread cups.  Garnished with chives.  Behold, mini chicken pot pies. 


And after the first bite, I knew I wasn't going to be making a meal out of wasabi peas again.  I'd hit upon the perfect party bite.  These mini chicken pot pies are a delicious contradiction.  Delicate yet substantial.  Tiny yet filling.  Delicious yet, well delicious.  Now if I could figure out how to create a mashed potatoes and gravy party bite, life would be perfect.

This post is a submission to the Nature's Pride competition for Foodbuzz Festival. As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a coupon for a free Nature's Pride product.



Mini Chicken Pot Pies


1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup carrots, diced
1/4 cup mushrooms, diced
1/4 cup onions, diced
1/4 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup cooked chicken breast, diced

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
3/4 cup chicken stock
1/8 cup half and half
Salt, pepper, garlic powder

1 loaf potato bread


Melt 1 tablespoon butter and saute onions until translucent Add remaining vegetables and saute until soft. Add chicken. Season with salt and pepper.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle in flour. Whisk roux until medium brown. Add chicken stock, whisking continuously until mixture is thickened.  Remove from heat. Add cream. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Add chicken and vegetable mixture and mix.

Cut crusts off bread. Flatten bread squares with rolling pin. Use circular cookie cutter to cut bread rounds. Spray mini muffin tin with non-stick spray. Place bread circles in muffin tin (using the bread circles like a cupcake liner). Bake at 275 for 25-30 minutes until bread cups are golden brown.

Remove bread cups from oven and cool completely.

Fill each bread cup with chicken and vegetable mixture. Top with chopped chives or parsley.

Yields approximately 12 mini pot pies. 

39 comments:

  1. Ahh - so its mini chicken pot pies minus the puff pastry. That was a smart way to use the bread. I've made the little bread baskets before too, to serve as an appetizer. Would not have had the IQ to extrapolate it further to use traditional pie fillings. Now you've opened a whole new world of possibilities for me!

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  2. wow, that is SO creative! I couldn't enter because other than a sandwich I'm at a loss for ideas, but wow, now I want this!

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  3. They look delicious! hopefully you win the contest so you can make these in SF and I get to try one! good luck!

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  4. You're soooo creative! I love this idea! I am definitely going to try these the next time I buy bread :D

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  5. Fantastic! Very creative AND delicious looking... Looks to me like you work the carbohydrates pretty darng well! Also... wasabi peas? I'm with you: a. who serves those ONLY? and b. I don't like them either!

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  6. You are a superstar! How do you come up with such creative ideas? I think Chef Ramsey is absolutely regretting his decision. And while he does that, feel free to send over some leftovers...Ali LOVES Chicken Pot Pie!

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  7. Chicken pot pie is the perfect comfort food for this time of the year. Your mini pot pies with bread as the crust are such a great idea - very innovative! They look delicious Azmina! I'm sure the Hubster couldn't keep his hands off these either :-)

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  8. Yum! Nothing's cuter than tiny pies. :)

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  9. Who throws a cocktail party without substantial enough food to keep guests from getting drunk really fast? Sigh, you need new friends. Mine know how to party--and with food.

    These are ultra-cute by the way. Never would have thought to use bread. But I also have never had potato bread/Nature's Pride.

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  10. At first I thought they were individually rolled and pressed little pastry bowls, but bread is so much easier and healthier.
    Hubsters are always so opportunistic!

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  11. You had me sold at using bread as the base..why because i suck at rolling out puff pastry and anything to do with rolling is a no for me..
    i have book marked it and im def giving it a go soon:)
    Thanks lawyer

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  12. I'm with you on the wasabi peas. I mean, I actually LIKE wasabi peas. But I'd rather have dinner. And mini chicken pot pies. Many of them. These blow those stupid little mini quiches out of the water FOR SURE! Good luck with the Nature's Pride contest!

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  13. Personally, I think people would save money on foods if they bought something a bit more substantial than wasabi peas and went with your mini pot pies. A few of those and you're good to go. Takes bowl after bowl to fill up on hot peas. I love your recipe.

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  14. This recipe is brilliant. You're making my mouth water! Send me some over please?

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  15. That looks delicious!! Our neighbors and I are going to be having an appetizer party soon - I think I am going to steal your recipe!

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  16. These are so beautiful and look delicious. They'd make great snacks or a whole meal.

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  17. well thats a very quick meal recipe you just taught me! wow thanks Azmina! those look very edible and delicious !

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  18. Fantastic idea! I love ideas for cute (and tasty!) apps.

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  19. Yum. I would devour these by the handful.

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  20. Awesome Dinner Party! I wish I was invited! :)

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  21. Azmina, this looks great! Love how you used the bread as the base. I know my kids would eat this up!

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  22. These look very good. I entered the contest too. I hope we both make it - I'd love to meet ya.

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  23. This is such a brilliant idea! It looks delicious and it's perfect for parties.

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  24. simple delicious
    lovely presentation

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  25. Delicious! Delicious! Delicious!!! perfect for parties! :)

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  26. What a winner! These are so perfect for so many occasions - thanks for sharing.

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  27. OMG - these are SO cute. I love anything mini and chicken pot pie - brilliant! This is a must make - my husband would LOVE them. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Anything miniature is just divine and these defintiely look gorgeous and tasty! Yumm!

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  29. What a great way to use the bread we received! I'd be a happy camper if I got these little guys at a party..totally beats wasabi peas (although I do love those too)!

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  30. This is a great way to cut back on some calories! Chicken Pot Pie is perfect for the colder weather.

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  31. Way fun! I'm with you, anything considered "food" needs to be substantial, or don't bother!

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  32. Good idea! it's surprising that the bread held up to the filling like that, but it's great.

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  33. Chicken pot pies. The Original comfort food. Now showing in mini form? Oh yeah. I am all for this!!!

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  34. Sounds fantastic! Perfect for my little girls at home for lunch or dinner. Thanks!

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  35. Hi Azmina – I just wanted to let you know that I featured your adorable mini chicken pot pies in my Valentine’s Day Favorites post today… Here’s the link: http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2011/02/my-favorite-valentines-day-recipes.html. Have a great weekend!

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