Chunky Chicken Pot Pie
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into small chunks
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
- 1 large carrot, roughly chopped
- 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup dry white wine or sherry, optional
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, finely chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted if frozen
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/2 cup dry aged cheese, such as dry jack or pecorino
Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F.
Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with the olive oil and butter. Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper and it to the hot skillet. Saute the chicken until brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside, reserving the drippings in the skillet.
Return the pan to medium heat and add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook for 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with the wine or sherry (if using), scraping the pan to release any bits stuck to its bottom. Add the chicken stock, milk, mustard and tarragon to the skillet and bring the liquids up to a bubble. Add the reserved chicken to the skillet, season the sauce with salt and pepper and simmer it, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the peas and transfer the filling to a medium baking dish.
While the filling is simmering, unroll the sheet of puff pastry onto a work surface. Cut a few slits through the middle of the dough and brush the surface with a thin layer of the cream. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the surface.
Carefully place the puff pastry over the baking dish (cheese-side up), pushing the edges gently down into the dish. Place the pot pie onto a baking sheet and bake until the filling is bubbling and the crust is puffed and golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Let the pot pie cool for 5 minutes before serving.