So You Have Roasted A Whole Chicken For Dinner, What Do You With The Leftovers?

We all have a million and one recipes for chicken, it is so adaptable. When I roast a whole chicken, I pick every tinny tiny bit of meat off the bone I can. I might seem time consuming but between the wings, back, and those bits of the breastbones, you can gather almost a cup of meat. Why throw away enough food for another meal? Why throw away money?You have played vulture and stripped the meat from the bones, now what? You can always use it in a salad, but have you thought about making a warm, fork licking, savory potpie? Now do not cringe and say "no, too much work" or "I don’t have time to make a potpie!" Ah but you do, and I promise it is easy to make. You can make it when you get home from work today if you have the ingredients. I never made a potpie before because:A.      I thought it was difficult and it intimidated me.B.      I cannot make a beautiful piecrust to save my life. I keep trying, but it just is not blue ribbon, fair pretty.C.      Always went to the store and bought frozen ones, not any more!One day last winter, I sat and looked at recipes for Chicken Potpie. I then printed out my four favorite recipes, combined what I liked best about each to make one recipe.

Next came the piecrust. I can make a crust scratch, and do not even mind doing it. But what about when I am short on time or do not want to tackle making a piecrust? No problem, I cheat and go buy the dough already made. Mine still is not pretty, but I will only improve with practice. My family loves this recipe and usually gorge themselves to the point there are no leftovers... pitty
Chicken potpieIngredients:1 double piecrust dough for 9 inch pie (I used a Food Lion Brand)1 cup boneless skinless chicken (you can use a breast, cut into small bite size pieces)1 cup sliced carrots1 small potato, peeled and cubed into bite size pieces1/2 cup frozen peas 1 cup chopped celery1 cup chopped onion1/2 cup of butter (yes-real butter, unsalted would be best)1/3 cup of all-purpose flour1/8 teaspoon of salt*2 teaspoon of pepper*1 teaspoon of garlic* or one fresh minced clove* I usually just eyeball and go by shakes of container, but those should be good estimates2/3 cup of milk (1%)2  chicken bouillon cubes (I use Knorr)1 3/4 water drained from vegetables1 can of Campbell’s cream of chicken soupDirections:Preheat oven to 425 degreesIn saucepan, combine carrots, peas, potato, celery, salt, garlic and 1 teaspoon of pepper. (If using uncooked chicken add to pot) Add enough water to cover vegetables, add bouillon boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.In skillet over medium heat, melt butter and cook onions until soft and translucent. Drain off 1 ¾ cup of broth from the vegetables and reserve. Drain any remaining liquid from vegetables and set aside. To your skillet, stir in flour and pepper then slowly stir in milk, cream of chicken soup then the reserved broth until well-blended making thick gravy. Place bottom piecrust in pie plate; add chicken and vegetables making sure bottom is well covered. Pour hot liquid over mixture. (Depending on your pie plate you might have extra vegetables and gravy mixture. Reserve them, and pour over a baked potato the next day for a hearty lunch!) Place top crust over mixture, seal edges, and trim any excess. Make several slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Wrap edges of pie with foil to prevent burning.Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.