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KFC Chicken Pot Pie

By Todd Wilbur

Score: 4.75. Votes: 4
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A good chicken pot pie has perfectly flakey crust and the right ratio of light and dark meat chicken and vegetables swimming in a deliciously creamy white sauce. KFC serves up a pie that totally fits the bill, and now I'm going to show you how to make the same thing at home from scratch. You'll want to start this recipe a couple hours before you plan to bake the pies, since the dough for the crust should chill awhile and the chicken needs to soak in the brine. When it comes time for baking, use small pie tins, ramekins, or Pyrex baking dishes (custard dishes) that hold 1 1/2 cups. The recipe will then yield exactly 4 pot pies. If your baking dishes are smaller, there should still be enough dough here to make crust for up to 6 pot pies. And don't forget to brush egg whites over the top of the pies before you pop them into the oven to get the same shiny crust as the original.

Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 pound chicken breast fillets (about 2 fillets)
  • 1/2 pound chicken thigh fillets (about 2 fillets)
  • 1 cup sliced carrots (about 2 small carrots)
  • 1 cup diced russet potato (about 1/2 medium potato)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed dried sage
  • Pinch ground black pepper
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      1. Make the dough for the crust by combining the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Use a fork or a pastry knife to cut the cold butter and shortening into the flour until there are no pieces of butter or shortening larger than peas. Add the water and egg yolks (save the egg whites for later), and bring the dough together with your hands until you can form it into a ball. Wrap the ball in plastic and let it chill out in the fridge for 2 hours.

      2. Make the brine for the chicken by combining the water with the salt, sugar, and ground black pepper. Stir until the sugar and salt dissolve, and then add the chicken, cover, and chill for 2 hours. Don't let the chicken marinate for more than 2 hours or it will be too salty. If you will not be using the chicken just after it has brined, remove it from the brine and rinse it off, and then pop it back into the fridge inside a storage bag or covered container until you need it.

      3. When you are ready to assemble the pot pies, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

      4. Preheat a saute pan drizzled with about 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium heat. Rinse the chicken fillets, and then dry them. Add the chicken fillets to the pan and saute the breasts for 5 to 6 minutes per side and the thighs for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and let it cool, then tear it into bite-size pieces.

      5. Use a steamer basket in a covered pan over boiling water to steam the sliced carrots and diced potato for 6 minutes. Add frozen peas and steam for an additional 6 minutes.

      6. Make the sauce by melting the butter over medium-low heat in a large saucepan. Whisk in the flour, turn the heat to medium, and cook the flour and butter mixture for 1 minute, whisking often. Add the chicken broth and milk while whisking and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens. Add the steamed vegetables, chicken, salt, sage, and ground black pepper. Turn off the heat and allow the filling to cool for 10 minutes. 

      7. Build the pot pies by spooning 1 to 1 1/2 cups of filling into small baking dishes, ramekins, or aluminum pot pie pans. Fill all of the pot pie pans and then get the dough ready.

      8. Roll out dough and cut it into circles using an inverted round plastic storage container that has a diameter about 1-inch larger than the pie pans. You can roll the dough circles more after you cut them out if you need to stretch them bigger. Place the dough over each pie and then pinch all the way around the edges to seal. Slightly beat the leftover egg whites and brush over the top of each pot pie. Place the pies on a baking sheet and bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
      Makes 4 to 6 pot pies.

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Patti Lewis
Dec 22, 2015, 23:00

Looks delish! Will have to try.

Renee Dodds
Feb 7, 2015, 23:00

I was disappointed in this recipe, it was very time consuming and it did not taste anything like KFC's chicken pot pie. The sauce was runny and there was no flavor, plus the crust was not as light and airy as the Kernels. I am going to play with this recipe and see if I can come up with a better version.