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Free-Form Chicken Potpie

This potless potpie with a Spanish accent (from the Pimenton pepper) doesn't rely on the usual deep dish for serving. The luxurious chicken and vegetable stew simply gets spooned into bowls and garnished with flaky puff pastry rounds.

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  • Servings: 6

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  • One 3 1/2-pound chicken
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound oyster mushrooms, large stems discarded, large caps halved
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 carrots, sliced 1/4-inch-thick
  • 4 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 leek, white and tender green parts only, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons chopped thyme
  • Pinch of smoked paprika, preferably Pimentón de la Vera
  • 14 ounces frozen, all-butter puff pastry, thawed but still cold
  • 1 large egg beaten with 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a roasting pan, rub the chicken with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the juices in the cavity run clear. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes and increase the oven temperature to 450°. Remove all of the meat from the chicken and discard the skin and bones. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces.
  2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the oyster mushrooms with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 8 minutes, or until richly browned. Reduce the oven temperature to 400°.
  3. In a large, deep skillet, melt the butter in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the carrots, celery, onion, leek and bay leaf. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour, then gradually whisk in the broth until smooth. Simmer over low heat, stirring often, until no floury taste remains, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cream and simmer until thickened, about 8 minutes. Stir in the peas, thyme and chicken and season with salt, pepper and a pinch of smoked paprika. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the puff pastry to a 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 4-inch round cookie cutter, stamp out 6 rounds; transfer them to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the rounds with the egg-cream wash and bake for 15 minutes, or until puffed and browned. Ladle the chicken stew into bowls, garnish with the pastry and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Paso Robles has proven to be a great region for Rhône white grape varieties, which, with their combination of tree-fruit freshness and earthy structure, match well with this mushroomy potpie.

Contributed By Photo © Fredrika Stjarne Published November 2005

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