So who doesn’t love a chicken pot pie ? Here is a fantastic kosher for passover recipe that takes the pot pie and has a little fun with it. I saw this idea in a recent cooking magazine and thought what a great appetizer for a Passover meal. It is really not hard to do and not only does it taste just like a chicken pot pie should it makes a great presentation!
1 ½ lb. bone in skin on chicken thighs
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. potato starch
1 cup water
½ cup dry red wine
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 ½ cups small diced celery
1 cup small diced carrots
1 cup fresh pearl onions, peeled or frozen, thawed
1 Tbsp. thyme
2 Tbsp. Pesach mustard (if you don’t use mustard on pesach – feel free to leave out or to use 1tbsp. mayo mixed 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. parsley – it wont taste exactly the same – but will add additional flavor)
2 Tbsp. margarine
3 lb. russet potatoes, boiled until soft
1/2 cup Chicken broth
6 Tbsp. margarine, at room temperature
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Making the Stew:
Season chicken with ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper. Heat olive oil in a frying pan, over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken, flipping once until lightly browned. Transfer chicken to a plate. Reduce heat and add potato starch to the frying pan. Cook, whisking for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the water and wine, and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pan, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer gently, turning once until chicken is tender. Transfer chicken to a clean plate and let cool.
Meanwhile, stir the mushrooms, celery, carrots, onions and thyme into the sauce. Cover and simmer until tender, 5 minutes. Stir in the mustard and margarine, and keep warm.
When the chicken is cool enough to handle, pull the meat from the bones, shred into bite size pieces, and add to sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper and keep warm.
Making the Potatoes:
Heat the broth and set aside, but keep warm.
In an electric mixer, beat the potatoes until they’re broken up. Add ½ cup of the broth and margarine and beat on high until fluffy. Potatoes should be stiff if you feel too thick add more broth if needed – remember you need to pipe the potatoes and they need to be stiff enough to stack and stand on the plate. Season with salt and pepper.
To Assemble: Spoon the whipped potatoes into a pastry bag fitted with a ½ inch plain tip. Pipe potatoes to form “bowls” on each plate. Spoon the chicken stew into the bowl and garnish with fried onions.