Chicken Pot Pie with Beer

Pie Crust:

  • 2pk of store-bought frozen pie shells
  • optional: beaten egg white

Filling:

  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs raw chicken sliced into 1″ cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 can sliced potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bottle beer 12 oz. – Due South Caramel Cream Ale or the Honey Vanilla Wheat are both AMAZING with this recipe.
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (a packet of bullion/seasoning powder works well)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 teaspoon Lipton Onion Soup mix
  • 1 can condensed Cream of Chicken soup (unprepared)
  • 1/2 cup milk

Chicken: Warm large skillet to medium high. Add olive oil to the frying pan with the poultry seasoning, pepper, garlic powder, onion soup mix and stir. Add chicken, lightly brown (about 8 minutes) . Add the beer, cream of chicken soup and milk. Add the frozen vegetables and reduce heat to medium (the can of potatoes will be added for the last 5 minutes). Simmer for approximately 25 min. Start to preaheat oven to 375 degrees when the simmer starts. Add the can of potatoes for the last 5 minutes (not a big deal if they’re added earlier, they just might get a little mushy).  Remove from heat when the liquid has thickened. Let stand for 5 minutes to allow for further thickening. If it ends up a little thin, just don’t add all the liquid to the shell when you put it together.

Bottom Crust: While simmering your chicken filling, put one shell in the oven EMPTY. Bake at 375 for about 8 minutes. This step keeps that bottom crust from getting mushy when you add the filling.

Assemble Your Pie: Fill your lightly browned pie shell with the chicken/vegtable filling.  Put the uncooked pie crust on top. Cut 4 slits in the top for venting. Optional but highly suggested: Use a pastry brush to add the lightly beaten egg white to the pie crust so it will brown nicely.

Baking:  Bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes until crust is golden brown. You should put a cookie sheet below your pie to catch anything that might bubble over.

Makes 4 generous servings.