Everyone thinks that “Chicken Pot Pie” is a meal that is served in a pie crust of some sort. This is not true. Those are “meat pies”. Chicken pot pie is actually a Pennsylvania Dutch dish and is more of a soup or stew. It is a little time consuming to prepare, but you make your own noodles, and in the end, talk about comfort food….
- 4-5 chicken breasts or thighs if you prefer
- 1 c chopped onion
- 1 tsp celery seed
- 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
- 4 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley or dried parsley flakes
- 5 chicken bouillon cubes
- 2 1/2 c flour
- 3/4 stick butter, softened
- 1/3 c (approximately) milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 egg
1 For the stock:
- Fill a large dutch oven with about 2 quarts of water. Add the chopped onion, celery seed, garlic powder, parsley, bouillon cubes and the chicken. Bring to a boil, cover with lid, and then turn down to simmer for about an hour, or until chicken can be easily removed from the bones.
- When chicken is done, remove from the pot, reserving all of the stock.
- Remove chicken from bones and cut into small chunks and set aside.
2 For the noodles:
- Pour flour into a good sized mixing bowl and add softened butter and egg. Add about ½ teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste). Begin mixing using your hands, and then add milk.
- Completely mix dough with your hands until you reach desired consistency (you may need to add a little flour or a little more milk, depending…dough should not be sticky to the touch. If too sticky, add a little flour until just right.
- Flour your surface, then roll out dough with rolling pin to about 1/4 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut slices the entire way across, and then the other direction, to form square noodles about 1-1/2″ square.
- Bring stock to a rolling boil, add potatoes and carrots, and a handful of the noodles at a time. Stir soup after each addition of noodles to help keep them from sticking together.
- Cover again with lid, and let cook for about a half hour to 45 minutes, or until noodles are cooked completely through and the vegetables are done.
- When all is finished, add the chicken once again, to heat through, and serve.
- Your broth will thicken up a little after you add your noodles.