French-Inspired Chicken Pot Pie

BONJOUUUUR guess what – it’s très simple! FACILE. FRA-GIL-EH. Just kidding, that’s something else.

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So this, oh my word. Looks fancy, right? Well, it is. But let me tell you, it’s seriously not to completely wreck your psyche or send you to self-esteem camp. Opposite, actually. It’s a chicken pot pie – but FRANCE-Y fancy. And I think we can all obviously sprint on board with this right now.

Want to know the main secret to a chicken pot pie with sophistication?

There are three. Three secrets.

WINE.

SHALLOTS.

TARRAGON.

PUFF PASTRY.

There are four secrets.

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It’s a lot of ingredients, sure. But we do save time with a store-bought rotisserie chicken, n’est ce pas?! Just shred that thing up and and sip a good french white wine. And listen to this! Look at you right now.

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You’ll start like you do with anything else and sauté a bunch of shallots, sliced carrots and celery for a lil’ bit. I dig shallots over onions because they just have a more gentle flavor. More polished. I have no idea why or how, but in my head they do.

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After that, make your roux, boo! (sorry) And this is where the Frenchiness reaaaally amps up. Butter and flour, whisky whisk. Then add white wine. And TARRAGON. Bubble bubble and whisk until it thickens. Slowly add chicken stock and keep whisking until it becomes a smooth sauce. Then carefully pour in the cream and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, thickening until it becomes a velvety blanket of yes.

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Then we add in the sautéed vegetables, the shredded chicken, frozen peas and parsley. Once you’ve stirred it all in and around, give it a small taste. Need a pinch of salt? Maybe so. This is your chance to dial the underneath.

Also we’re starting a band called Dial the Underneath. We’re already banned from society.

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And finally, you’ll just take some thawed puff pastry sheets and cut them into any shape you want. Triangles, rectangles, Apollonian gaskets for all I care.

Arrange and overlap them on top of the pot pie and brush the tops with a lightly beaten egg. All good things in life.

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Um, what? ^^^

I’m sorry did that just come out of your oven?^^^^ Invite the whole town over, stat.

First of all, it’s spectacularly show stopping. A sprig of fresh tarragon on top and I mean, yeah.

Secondly, it’s got this savory depth under all that puffed and golden brown pastry. These gorgeous rustic, homey flavors that will catastrophically ruin your soul so good for the rest of time.

Nostalgic! But with finesse.

Comforting! But so, so elegant.

You can’t, can you? You literally cannot.

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And the thing is, it honestly takes no longer than it would with any other chicken pot pie. Just a couple of ingredient swaps and a mind shift and bon! Tellement parfait!

You’re still sipp- chugging that French white wine, right? Obviously.

French-Inspired Chicken Pot Pie / Bev Cooks

Vous êtes les bienvenus, bia.

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Ingredients

  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 3 Tbs. flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 Tbs. freshly chopped tarragon, plus extra sprigs for garnish
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbs. freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 puff pastry sheets, thawed and cut into rectangles
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375.
  2. In a large cast iron skillet (I used a 13 inch), heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the shallots, carrots and celery; sauté about five minutes, until they start to soften and brown in places. Season with a pinch of coarse salt. Move the veggies out and cover to keep warm.
  3. Back in the skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Once it’s foaming, add the flour and whisk until it’s smooth and becomes a golden brown color, 30 seconds to a minute. Then add the white wine and chopped tarragon. Let it bubble while you whisk another 30 seconds. Season with a pinch of salt and gently pour in the chicken stock, whisking as it becomes a smooth sauce. Once all the stock is in, pour in the heavy cream and whisk another 30 seconds. Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer and gently bubble for ten minutes. Taste it again to see if it needs another pinch of salt. Maybe a grind of black pepper?
  4. After ten minutes, add the vegetables, shredded chicken, frozen peas and chopped parsley. Stir until everything is covered in sauce.
  5. Arrange the puff pastry shapes on top of the pot pie, overlapping in places. Brush the tops with the beaten egg, and bake 30-40 minutes, until the puff pastry is golden brown and lightly puffed.
  6. Let it rest about 10 minutes, and then serve family style with another sprig of fresh tarragon on top.
  7. It’s unbelievable! You’ll just melt right into it.
  8. Serves 4-6.
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33 Responses to French-Inspired Chicken Pot Pie

  1. Amanda M Baker November 12, 2019 at 10:22 am #
    trying this ASAP!
    • Kathy Coll November 12, 2019 at 2:54 pm #
      Tu as bien fait, ma chèrie!! Je voudrais essayer cette recette! Merci pour tous les blogs! Tu es tellement amusante!!
      • Michael D Curley November 16, 2019 at 7:44 pm #
        Made this tonight. Cold evening here in the Northeast. Perfect!
        • Bev Weidner November 17, 2019 at 1:21 pm #
          This makes my day to read!!
        • Dianne October 12, 2020 at 5:11 pm #
          Made it! Yummy!! Used a leftover pie crust cut into pieces and it worked!!!
  2. Stefanie November 12, 2019 at 11:19 am #
    Looks amazing! I will report back after I make it!
  3. Susan November 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm #
    This thing is stunning! It's going on the menu this week. I'm a huge fan of all the ingredients EXCEPT tarragon. I really can't. Won't. Hate it! So what do you think about a swap out? Rosemary (too strong?), thyme, more parsley? I hate to be that person but really, I'm not a picky eater in any sense of the word. Honestly, there are only two things I don't like: tarragon and hominy. Do you have any suggestions or did I lose you with the whole hating tarragon thing?
    • Bev Weidner November 12, 2019 at 3:26 pm #
      No to tarragon, huh? How can we even be friends? :) So, just leave it out! More parsley is juuust fine. Even a little bit of basil in there would be pretty divine. More parsley, though. That will get you there!
  4. Melanie E Blackmore November 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm #
    This looks GORGEOUS!! This is my first time on your blog! Nice to meet you! Melanie in Shawnee :)
  5. Dee November 13, 2019 at 10:36 am #
    Look at you! Getting all math-y with your apollonian gaskets! (I had to google it, but thanks, I learned something). Recipe looks great. If I can FIND puff pastry I'll definitely try it. Why is it so hard to find? Last year I had to wait for the holidays before anyone was stocking it.
  6. Lauren November 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm #
    Making this tonight and I'm so so excited!
  7. Jan November 17, 2019 at 12:22 pm #
    Holy chicken pot pie! This is the best thing I’ve ever made! Thank you for the recipe Bev!
    • Bev Weidner November 17, 2019 at 1:20 pm #
      Ahhhhhh so happy to hear this!!!
    • Alex August 23, 2020 at 7:20 pm #
      You’re so funny, enjoyed the read. Love the idea of cutting up the puff pastry
  8. Terry November 21, 2019 at 6:47 pm #
    I made this tonight. It was superb! This is the 3rd meal I have made from your blog, and all of them have been easy to make,, and full of flavor. I will continue to shop your blog for ideas. Thanks for putting all of this together, your blog is wonderful! Terry.
    • Bev Weidner November 22, 2019 at 5:46 am #
      Ahhhhh well thank you! That makes me so happy to hear. :)
  9. Kelly Schott December 11, 2019 at 12:59 pm #
    My family loved this recipe and I looked like a freakin french maid in the kitchen (that's a good thing). Question:If I wanted to double this recipe could I bake it in glass or non-stick dish?
    • Bev Weidner December 12, 2019 at 6:16 am #
      Ahhh so glad you loved it! I'm sure it would be fine. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!
  10. Laura Tosto December 18, 2019 at 10:25 am #
    I make a wonderful chicken pot pie, but when I came across this recipe, I had to try it. Oh, I made this last night and it was a HIT! I am usually not a fan of roux because they never taste great, but with the addition of white wine and tarragon, this was heavenly. I used a glass pyrex because I don't have a cast-iron pan...darn glass top stove, and it turned out perfectly. What a beautiful presentation, my husband and daughter both voted that this was a make again recipe. Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
  11. crystal June 18, 2020 at 12:31 pm #
    I have made this at least 3 times recently I absolutely love it and so do my friends. Thank you!
  12. marlene doberman August 28, 2020 at 6:26 pm #
    all the puff pastry stuck together in the middle
  13. Beverly Pacheco September 6, 2020 at 5:58 am #
    FRENCH-INSPIRED CHICKEN POT PIE: I can't wait to try this but I have a question: I love cooking with wine but not being a wine drinker, I never know what type of wine to use so would you please tell me the "exact type of wine" you used in this recipe? I don't need to know the brand, just the exact type of wine. Most published recipes never include the exact type of wine used in the recipe and I know they all add a different flavor to the dishes. Thank you.
    • Bev Weidner September 6, 2020 at 8:01 am #
      Hey! Honestly, since you're not a wine drinker, go inexpensive. But dry! Nothing sweet. A buttery chardonnay would give a different taste than say, a dry sauvignon blanc. I prefer bone dry wine, so I think a sauv blanc or even a dry pinot gris would be great!
  14. Pam Forster September 25, 2020 at 7:12 am #
    I have made this lovely French inspired chicken pie at least a half a dozen times. It is always amazing and so comforting! Thank you for this "go-to" fall/winter recipe! We absolutely love it!
    • Pam Forster September 25, 2020 at 7:14 am #
      I also want to mention that I don't have a cast iron skillet large enough so I transfer everything into a ceramic casserole and it turns out perfectly! (I also omit the peas since my partner detests them so!)
  15. Aspen October 18, 2020 at 9:42 am #
    Holy cow! I made this last night and my husband and I are still drooling over this recipe this morning. The tarragon is a game changer! And this dish came together so beautifully and relatively easily, considering that it looks like a masterpiece when it comes out of the over. The only thing I did different, I neglected to buy fresh parsley so to give it a bit more flavor I used a pinch of thyme and herbs de provence, plus a little ground red pepper for kick. I also didn’t find that I needed the full second puff pastry sheet to get a full layer of puff pastry on top. But seriously, I might make this every week this winter!!
  16. Frankie October 25, 2020 at 7:12 pm #
    I did rosemary instead of tarragon, I also only used pie crust on top to save a few cals. Still so good, I’m making again.

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