Photo: Erik Putz
Turn your sheet pan into a pie plate. This easy recipe makes two pies so you can enjoy one tonight and freeze the other for a night when you just can't.
1/3 cup butter
1 large onion, diced
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups 2% milk
900 g Skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut in chunks
2 large potatoes, cut in 1/2-in. cubes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
750 g (about 6 cups) bag frozen peas and carrots
Line two 9 x 13-in. baking dishes with heavy-duty foil, leaving 5 in. of overhang on all sides.
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 min. Stir in flour and cook for 1 min. Gradually pour in chicken broth and milk while whisking, then bring to a simmer. Add chicken, potatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink and potatoes are tender, about 15 min.
Remove from heat, then stir in frozen peas and carrots. Divide mixture between prepared baking dishes.
To freeze: Let filling cool completely to room temperature, about 45 min. Wrap filling tightly with overhanging foil. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours. Remove foil packet from baking dish, then wrap well with plastic wrap. Label and date, then return packet to freezer for up to 3 months.
To bake from frozen: Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 400F. Remove plastic wrap and return foil packet to baking dish. Bake for 30 min. Roll out puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to the size of the baking dish. Unwrap foil and cut away overhang with scissors. Stir filling, then spread evenly. Place pastry on top, then cut slits with a paring knife and brush pastry with milk. Continue baking until pastry is golden brown and filling is hot in the centre (it should reach 165F with an instant-read thermometer), about 20 min. Let stand for 10 min before serving.
Calories 314, Protein 17g, Carbohydrates 28g, Fat 15g, Fibre 3g, Sodium 506mg.
Want to enjoy this tonight? Place the pastry on top before baking (cutting slits in the top with a paring knife and brushing it with milk), and then cook in the oven for 25 minutes.
Originally published in the Today’s Parent January/February 2019 issue. Photo by Erik Putz.
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