The Unicorn

I found the unicorn!

For someone like me who distastes peas as much as I do, and loves pot pies, finding one without peas in it is like finding the mythical unicorn. It just doesn’t exist. No matter how much we want it to. Until now…

Chicken Potpie With Cheddar Crust

Photo Mar 14, 5 30 43 PM - Featured Size

It is not that I ignored peas is the recipe. I didn’t delete them from the ingredients list. They just weren’t there.

Photo Mar 14, 7 52 56 AM

The flaky crust ingredients.

Photo Mar 14, 7 57 24 AM

In the food processor.

Photo Mar 14, 8 11 03 AM

And ready to be rolled out.

Photo Mar 14, 3 38 59 PM

Add the veggies and pre-cooked chicken.

Photo Mar 14, 4 19 01 PM

Softening up the veggies.

Photo Mar 14, 4 25 32 PM

All the insides ready to go.

Photo Mar 14, 4 41 59 PM

With the sauce in the baking dish.

Photo Mar 14, 4 45 17 PM

Topped off and ready for the oven.

Photo Mar 14, 5 19 29 PM

A golden crust.

Photo Mar 14, 5 30 32 PM

Awesome….and NO PEAS!

Chicken Potpie With Cheddar Crust

Prep Time: 15 m | Cook Time: 1 h 45 m | Servings: 6 to 8 servings


For the crust:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 5 ounces)
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening

For the filling:
1 3 1/2-to-4-pound roasted or rotisserie chicken
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 onion, chopped
5 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
6 stalks celery, chopped
6 carrots, chopped
Kosher salt
1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced
1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dry white wine
2/3 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Freshly ground pepper


Make the crust: Pulse the flour, fine salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a food processor. Add the cheese, butter and shortening; pulse until the butter is in pea-size bits. Add 1/2 cup ice water and pulse until the dough just starts to come together. Turn out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and pat into a disk. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling: Discard the chicken skin and shred the meat; set aside. Put the bones in a pot and add the chicken broth. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Strain the broth and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Melt the butter in a pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, thyme, celery, carrots and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt; cook, stirring, until soft, about 6 minutes. Add the mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and cook until soft, about 6 more minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add the wine; cook until almost evaporated, about 1 minute. Add the broth, cream and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until thick, about 3 minutes. Add the parsley, shredded chicken, and salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a 3-to-4-quart baking dish.

Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper until slightly larger than the baking dish. Drape the dough over the filling, press it against the inside of the dish and trim. Brush with cream, then cut a few slits in the top. Put on a baking sheet; bake until golden, about 35 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Categories: Baking3, Cheese3, Chicken2, Main Dish 3, Recipes, Vegetable4, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

Check out the best recipes at

One Comment on “The Unicorn”

  1. December 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    Thanks for this! I have an irrational fear of peas.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: