I Cooked: Chicken Pot Pie (The Filling)

So yesterday I posted the yummy crust.  Today I post on the filling , which I adapted from one of my favourite baking blogs called Sally’s Baking Addiction

It turned out fabulously.

My only “adaptation” was to add extra veggies and to the baking time/temp.

She says not to add all the veggies…and well, I did but in smaller quantities…partially because I used a deep dish pie plate but also because damnit, I wanted lots of veggies.  I included: carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms, baby potatoes, corn and peas.

I also changed the temperature and time for baking.  40 minutes at 425 gave me a great crust and barely warm filling.  No Bueno.  I adapted it to make it closer to a sweet pie’s baking instructions.


  • 1 double pie crust – try my recipe from yesterday
  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots (about 2 carrots)
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery (about 1 stalk)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 and 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half2
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • sprigs of fresh thyme for decor, optional (I didn’t do this)


Prepare the pie crust as directed  in my recipe (well Martha Stewart’s).

In a large saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, (potatoes if you want) and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 12 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, and set aside. Watch this super closely or you may end up overcooking your chicken a tad like I did.

In a large skillet, cook the butter, onions, and garlic (and mushrooms if you want to use them) over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until the onions are translucent and the butter is lightly browning. Whisk in the flour, salt, black pepper, thyme, chicken broth, and half-and-half. Cook and whisk until no flour lumps remain, then simmer over medium-low heat until thick. I simmer mine for 10 minutes. You want it to be a very thick gravy; simmer longer if necessary. Taste and add more seasonings if you prefer. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 425F degrees.

After the pie dough has chilled: On a floured work surface, roll out 1 half of the chilled pie dough. Turn the pie crust dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9-inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. With a small and sharp knife, trim the extra overhang of dough and discard. Place the chicken mixture on top. Top with frozen peas (and frozen corn). Pour gravy over top. Roll out 2nd half of pie crust dough just as you did the first. Cover the pie with the 2nd crust and trim the extra overhang off the sides. Seal the edges by crimping with a fork or your fingers. With a small and sharp knife, slice a few small slits in the top crust for steam to escape. Using a pastry brush, brush crust and edges with beaten egg.

Bake for 20 minutes at 425 and then reduce the temperature to 375 and bake for another 30-40 minutes.  If you notice the rust is getting a little too golden, cover it with foil.  Cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. Makes amazing leftovers– the filling is so thick on the next day! Reheat as desired. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Bon Appetit!

~Princess Lisa


Ten Tips to Battle the #Dreadmill

Hello Everyone.

My name is Lisa and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the #dreadmill…er #treadmill….no matter what the season.  Wanna know why–well here are a few reasons…

I live in Winnipeg.  A place where it gets to be as colder than -40 degrees with the wind chill.

I am clumsy as all get out.

I’m also lacking in running friends who keep similar paces, similar goals or just live locally to go for a run.

And there are very, very few places to run in my neighbourhood, particularly in the short daylight hours in winter, that don’t end up with me getting hit by a car (it happened –lady pressed the gas instead of the brake..don’t worry, I only got a scratch…thank goodness..and I PR’d in the race I ran two day later! Hah!).

This means, no matter the weather, I spend a ton of time on the dread…er treadmill.

I’ve come to really love it a lot of times. That’s not to say that there aren’t times when it becomes drudgery…but rest assured it does.  Hence my list of tips to battle the #dreadmill.

  1. Meet a friend. I did this while I (and said friend) trained for the 2015 Glass Slipper Challenge.  It meant that you had someone to encourage you when you felt like quitting, someone to occupy your mind when the static surroundings to be too much.  Plus it made me work harder, knowing that she was working harder.
  2. Time your run with your favourite TV Show, sporting event or movie. When I trained for the 2013 Dumbo Double Dare, I timed my longest runs around Walking Dead Marathons on AMC.  I have also timed my workouts to fall during Minnesota Vikings Games or the replaying of favourite movies.  Oh and if you aren’t the clumsy type, you can also set up your tablet/Netflix on the treadmill for viewing enjoyment.
  3. Mess with your speeds/inclines. This helps you come close to re-creating a real, outdoor running experience as in real life you will speed up and slow down and encounter inclines and declines.  Setting up a program to mess with these things on the treadmill is a great way to do this.
  4. Enjoy a moving mediation. This is kind of the antithesis to number three.  Sometimes you need to just zone out and be.  Treadmills are great for this.  Just start the belt and go–no cars to run you over, no runners drafting off or you.  Just some lovely, steady state running zen.
  5. Improve your cadence. Treadmills offer you an easy way to try and fix your cadence.  Just count your strikes for one leg over a minute, double it and you get your cadence.  I did a bit of research and you want to aspire to 180-190 strides a minute (so 90-95 strikes per leg).  Not only will improving your cadence make you a better runner, but it also distracts you from the dreadmill, but still keeps you focused on the task at hand…er foot. :)
  6. Race the people around you. This is all about silly fun. Perhaps it is me, as a former fat girl, getting imagined revenge on the Bros trying to run near me, but damn does it feel fun to “beat” them in the race in my head.
  7. Race yourself.  This is all about trying to PR and working to get faster.  I’m very competitive with myself and I love when I can beat past training times.
  8. Turn on the tunes, podcast or audiobook. I go through stages of really loving playlists and having them pull me through runs…esp when I’m starting to train for faster finishes (I have a whole lotta kick songs – like Paradise City by Guns n Roses). But I have friends who love a good audiobook or podcast to keep them motivated (podcast) or a story (audiobook) to keep them going.
  9. Read or Study (Recommended for those with large print or really good at reading while bouncing).  I recently studied for a job interview while running and it went by in a flash..and yes, I got the job.
  10. Play in your head. This is kind of open ended, but it works well.  Use the time to: problem solve (gah, problem x at work, must fix it), play games (how many weird people walk by in the next mile), fantasize (mine is usually about winning the lotto), visualize (me crossing the finish line with a new PR), vacation plan…literally the sky is the limit.

Now get your butt on that treadmill and go for a run! Oh and before you do, let me know  if you have any fun dreadmill tips that I missed?  Let me know in the comments!

Much Love,

~Princess Lisa