Delicious lightened up chicken pot pie made with a homemade flaky crust, an amazing dairy free sauce made with dairy free milk and chicken broth instead of butter & cream. This healthy chicken pot pie is one of my husband's favorite comfort food meals.
For the chicken pot pie crust: Place flour and salt in a bowl and whisk together. Dice butter and place into flour mixture. (It is important for the butter to be COLD so sometimes I dice it up then place in a bowl and stick in the freezer for a few minutes.) Use a pastry knife and cut butter into flour until it is edamame or pea sized. Using a large fork, add the egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of milk to the mixture and combine. Continue adding almond milk, a tablespoon at a time until dough comes together and is somewhat soft. You may not need to add all the milk; you want the dough to be smooth but neither overly wet nor dry. I find 3 tablespoons to be good most of the time.
If you want to make the dough in the food processor (easiest method), here is how: Add the flour and salt with the regular blade attached, then add the diced cold butter. Pulse just a few times to lightly mix the ingredients until there are pea-sized balls. Add the egg yolk and 2-3 tablespoons milk and process again until the dough is crumbly. Do not let it turn into a big dough ball or you will have overmixed the dough. Pour into a floured surface and gather into a disk, wrap in plastic and place in fridge until you are ready to roll out. Dough can also be made ahead of time and placed in fridge or 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.
In a large pot, add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and chicken. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook until chicken is no longer pink, about 5 minutes, then transfer to a bowl or large plate and set aside.
Next add almond milk and chicken broth to pot and bring to a boil. Add in diced potatoes and carrots and boil for 3-4 minutes. (This helps to release the potato starch!). Drain the mixture over a bowl, reserving the cooking liquid (very important). Set aside the carrots and potatoes for later.
Next add remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter (or vegan butter) in the same pot you've been using. Add in onions and cook for 3-4 minutes until translucent.
Vigorously whisk in 1/3 cup flour and 1/2 cup chicken broth at the same time until smooth and no lumps remain. Stir in reserved cooking liquid, potatoes, carrots, chicken, frozen peas, thyme, salt and pepper.
Simmer over medium low heat for 5 minutes or until mixture thickens. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Remove from heat.
Roll out the pie dough out on a very well floured surface so that it's large enough to cover the pie pan. Place on top of mixture, pressing the edges and sealing. Cut a few slits in top of crust or poke holes with a fork to let steam escape. Whisk 1 egg together and brush the top of the crust with some of the egg wash.
Bake for 45-55 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly. Top crust with sea salt and extra fresh thyme. Enjoy!