Cold winter days call for tasty comfort food, but they need to be easy to prepare. On top of my list is “chicken potpie” because they please the entire family and they are simple to prepare. I like to give a Latin American twist to my flaky and buttery individual potpies. I have a recipe that is nothing like your grandmother’s chicken potpie:
Puffy Chicken Potpies
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
1 teaspoon of chicken flavor bouillon
1 ½ tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
½ cup of red onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of chicken stock
½ cup of fresh carrots, chopped
1/3 of green peas, thawed and drained
1 small can (8oz) of pure tomato sauce
½ can of hearts of palm, drained
1 ¼ cup of kennel corn, thawed and drained
¾ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Thaw puff pastry according to package instructions.
Preheat the oven to
4250F. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and add the chicken. Cook chicken in medium heat for about 5 minutes, add the garlic and red onion and stir. Season chicken with salt, pepper and chicken bouillon. Stir and let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the lemon juice and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the chicken stock, tomato sauce, corn, green peas and carrots. Lower the heat and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the hearts of palm (about 1 inch thick). Add parsley and hearts of palm and gently toss to combine. Remove from heat and keep it warm.
In a lightly floured surface, unfold and roll puff pastry sheet into a 12-inch square. Cut into 4 equal pieces. Divide the chicken filling among four 8-ounce individual casseroles. Place a square of puff pastry on top of each casserole.
Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust and puffed and golden.