Poule-au-pot (chicken pot pie)

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
4 pounds Boiling chicken (up to 5)
3 tablespoons Butter
6 cups Water; boiling
1 \N Carrot; sliced
1 \N Onion; sliced
¼ cup Celery leaves; chopped
3 \N Whole cloves
1 \N Clove garlic
1 \N Bay leaf
2 teaspoons Salt
¼ teaspoon Pepper
4 mediums Potatoes; uncooked
2 cups All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Salt
3 teaspoons Baking powder
⅓ cup Shortening
½ cup Milk; approximately
½ cup Fresh parsley; minced


Cut the chicken into individual pieces and brown lightly in the butter. Add the boiling water, carrot, onion, celery leaves, cloves, garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, then simmer over low heat until the chicken is tender.

Place the cooked pieces of chicken in a casserole and top with the potatoes, sliced paper-thin. Make a gravy with 3 cups of the consomme left after the chicken has been cooked, 3 tablespoons of the fat from the top of the consomme and 4 tablespoons of flour. Salt and pepper to taste and pour over the potatoes and chicken.

Then top the chicken, potatoes and gravy with a parsley pinwheel, which is prepared in the following manner: Stir together the flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in the shortening with 2 knives, until the particles are the size of peas. Add the milk gradually.

Toss lightly with a fork until all the flour has been dampened, then knead quickly into a round ball. Roll on floured board into an oblong shape ⅛ inch thick.

Butter top of dough and sprinkle with the minced parsley. Roll the same way you would a jelly roll. Cut in 1½ to 2" lengths. Place cut side on top of casserole in an attractive design. Bake at 425 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until top is golden brown.

NOTES : It is impossible to talke of pie and omit the perennial favorite, Chicken Pot Pie. In the summer, I replace the parsley in the topping with fresh basil, tarragon or sage.

Recipe by: The Canadiana Cookbook/Mme Jehane Benoit/1970 Posted to TNT - Prodigy's Recipe Exchange Newsletter by Bill & Leilani Devries <devriesb@...> on Aug 27, 1997

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