Vegan "Chicken" Pot Pie




Recipe: Vegan "Chicken" Pot Pie




Above - "Chicken" Pot Pies




Adapted from: gardein Pot Pie


Suitable for: Vegans and everyone else


Serves: Made about 8 mini pot pies (using 4 inch by 4 inch individual pie plates) - but servings depend on how flat you roll your dough and how full you fill your pie plates.


Gear you'll need



  • Bowl and rolling pin for pie crust

  • Measuring cups, measure spoons

  • Pan for roux

  • Pot for broth

  • Pot for "chicken" and veggie mixture

  • Mini pie plates - mine are 4 inch by 4 inch. You could also make a big 9 inch pie if you like. *If you do this, you'll need to serve in bowls, not on a plate




Above - bottom crust in pie plate



Crust ingredients



  • 2 cups organic flour.

  • 1 teaspoon salt.

  • 2/3 cups vegan shortening - I use spectrum organic shortening, but you can use any veggie shortening you like.

  • 4-8 tablespoons icy cold water.


"Chicken" & veggie ingredients


  • Package of your favorite mock chicken. I used gardein Lightly Seasoned Chick'n Scallopini. As an alternative, you could use pressed cubed tofu or simply extra veggies.

  • Lots of veggies - your choice. I used 1 cup of organic frozen peas, 1 cup fresh organic chopped carrots, and 1 large organic russet potato (peeled). Next time, I'll likely add more veggies like corn and broccoli too.

  • 6 cups of vegan broth. Vegan chicken or veggie broth will work. I used Edward & Sons Not-Chick'n Bouillon Cubes to make my broth.


  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced



  • ¾ tsp thyme



  • ¾ tsp sage



  • ¾ tsp salt



  • ¾ tsp fresh ground pepper






  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce






  • 3/4 cup organic flour



  • Few tablespoons of olive oil or other cooking oil





Above - Leftover "chicken"/veggie mixture in pie (when made with new, not leftover mixture, your chick/veg mixture will be more broth-like and less thick.)





Step 1: Make your "chicken" mixture



  1. Cook your mock chicken, either in a frying pan or simply microwave for a minute until soft enough to cut. Set aside.

  2. Make your roux - melt Earth Balance in a small pan. Don't let it brown. Whisk in your flour, mixing continually until you have a thick, yellow-brown paste-like substance.

  3. Heat up your stock in a large pot.

  4. In another large pot cook onions in olive oil for 3 min until a bit soft. Add your carrots, potatoes, any other hard veggies you're using, sage, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 more minutes.

  5. Add your hot broth to the veggie mixture. Simmer for 5 minutes.

  6. Whisk yeast flakes.into the veggie/broth mixture.

  7. Add your roux a bit at a time and continue to stir and cook.Your sauce will begin to thicken. Cook for about 5 minutes.

  8. Stir in your mock chicken, soy sauce, peas and any other soft veggies you want to add.

  9. Allow your mixture to cool.




Above - Pie almost ready to go


Step 2: Make your pie crusts


While your chicken/veggie mixture cools, prepare your vegan pie crusts.



  1. Combine the salt and flour.

  2. Cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter or fork until it looks crumbled.

  3. Drizzle water, two tablespoons at a time over mixture, using a fork to get the dough wet. Once the dough is damp through and through, stop adding water! I usually end up using about 7-8 tablespoons of water.

  4. DO NOT KNEAD!




Above - Pie ready to bake




Step 3: Assemble & bake your pies



  1. Divide your dough into 16 small balls of dough.

  2. Roll each ball of dough flat and large enough so it fits in your pie plate.

  3. Place a bottom crust into each pie plate.

  4. Fill each with chicken/veggie mixture.

  5. Place your top pie crust on top, squeeze the top and bottom crusts together and flute or use a fork for the border.

  6. Cut little slits in the top of each pie.

  7. Place little pies on a foil or parchment lined cookie sheet.

  8. Bake at 375°F bake for 30-35 minutes.


Step 4: Serve



Allow pies to cool a bit, then use oven mitts to place on plates. Warn everyone because the little pie plates will still be very hot. I served these with broccoli and fruit on the side.





Above - Leftover pie slice heated up the next day.



Thoughts



This was the best pot pie recipe I've ever made, vegan or otherwise. It's better than my old favorite veggie pie even. I served these to 2 vegans, 2 vegetarians and 3 heavy meat eaters and all of them loved them.



The teenage meat eater I served this to said, "If you hadn't of told me, I would have had no idea that these were vegan." Even my extremely picky son ate some of his pot pie and liked it, and we're talking about a kid who 99% of the time refuses to eat mixed dishes (casseroles, veggies with sauce, etc).



The reason I made these was because my newly vegan friend missed his frozen pot pies - the cheap little Banquet ones. He hates the Amy Pot Pies, claiming that they're too big and not plain enough. These homemade pies turned out almost just like those tiny frozen pies, but had a MUCH better broth.



In the original recipe, it called for puff pastry on top vs. regular pie crusts. I felt like I wouldn't be able to freeze the extras as easily, also vegan pie crust is easy while vegan puff pasty is not so easy, but you can try this with a vegan puff pastry topper if you like.



Also, for how much this recipe made, it was insanely inexpensive. You can make a whole bunch of mini pies on the cheap!



Leftovers



I made this recipe + 1/2 because I was worried I wouldn't have enough for my dinner party. In the end that was too much, so we had leftover filling and also one leftover 9 inch pie. The next day I heated a slice of the leftover pie in the microwave and it was still awesome.



The leftover filling had thickened, as it would from being kept in the fridge, so I heated it up, made a new batch of pie dough and whipped out some extra mini pies to keep in the freezer. Now we can just pull one out for a quick lunch.