Chicken Pot Pie in a Pocket

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, January 18, 2016

Aired January 18, 2016


For the Dough:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 stick cold butter, cut into small dice
1 teaspoon salt
1 rounded tablespoon super-fine sugar
2 large eggs, beaten plus additional egg wash for baking empanadas
1 to 2 tablespoons icy water
For the Poached Chicken Breast:
1 small, bone-in skin-on chicken breast
A few peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 small onion, halved
Herb bundle with parsley and thyme
2 cups chicken stock
For the Filling:
3 tablespoons butter
2 ribs celery with leafy tops, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 leek, chopped, whites and light green
1 small potato, peeled and chopped
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped 
A small handful frozen peas


For the dough, pulse-process flour, butter, salt and sugar in food processor. While pulsing the machine stream in eggs and just enough water for the dough to come together. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface, knead a couple of times then wrap in plastic. Chill 1 hour. 
Place chicken in a saucepot with salt, peppercorns, bay, onion, herbs, stock and enough cold water to cover. Poach at a low simmer until cooked through, 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool in the poaching liquid. Remove skin and pull the meat from the bones; discard carcass and strain the stock.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Heat a sauté pan over medium heat and melt butter. Cook celery, carrots, leeks and potato to tender, season with salt and pepper. Add flour and stir to combine, add 1 1/2 cups poaching liquid and thicken. Add tarragon, pulled chicken meat and peas, and heat through; let thicken a bit more. Remove pan from heat and let cool. 
Roll out pastry and cut into 6 rectangles that are 6x8 inches in diameter. Place filling on a triangle-shaped half of each square and press edges; arrange turnovers on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Brush turnovers with egg wash and bake to golden and hot through.

Turnovers with chicken pot pie filling are a wonderful warm treat after cold winter’s day sledding, skiing or skating. Make them half in size for a fun pot luck or party snack.