My kids love Valentine’s Day even more than my husband and I do, and because kids need to celebrate too, I love surprising them with a fun and festive, special Valentine’s Day dinner, like this Heart-Shaped Chicken Pot Pie complete with a heart-embellished crust. The recipe super easy to make, thanks to store-bought rotisserie chicken and frozen pre-made pie dough and is always a hit!
- 2 sheets store-bought frozen pie dough, thawed
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 1 small onion, cut into ½ inch chunks
- 2-3 celery stalks, cut into ½ inch chunks
- 1 large carrot cut into ½ inch chunks
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 tablespoons of flour
- 1 ½ cups chicken stock
- ½ cup whole milk or cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken cut into small chunks or shredded
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon water
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place rack in the center of the oven. Set out a 2 quart round ceramic baking dish (or any 2 quart oven safe casserole dish will do).
Note: Don’t forget to take your pie dough out to allow it to defrost completely.
Step 2: In a stock pot, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. Add in onion, celery, carrots, and bay leaf. Cook until vegetables begin to get tender, about 8 – 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
Note: It’s very important to remove the entire bay leaf; this is a chocking hazard.
Step 3: In another saucepan, melt remaining 4 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour. Cook flour and butter mixture, stirring constantly until it begins to turn a golden color, about 1 minute or so until it forms a roux. Slowly whisk in chicken stock and milk. Bring to a simmer, stirring continuously until gravy begins to thickens, about 2 – 3 minutes.
Step 4: Add gravy, chicken, and frozen peas to the vegetables in the skillet.
Step 5: Stir mixute gently but thoroughly so it is completely combined. This is your filling.
Step 6: Pour entire mixture into casserole dish and top with one sheet of pie dough. Crimp the edges using your fingers.
Step 7: Place remaining sheet of pie dough onto a flour surface and use a knoife or a heart-shaped cokie cutter to cut out heart shapes.
Step 8: In a small bowl combine beaten egg with water and brush the top of the dough with egg wash.
Step 9: Bake in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Note: If pie crush starts to get browned too quickly, cover the top loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.
Want more Valentine’s Day recipes?
- Love Bug Chocolate-Dipped Cookies Recipe
- Pink Cupcake Pops Recipe
- Nutella Valentine Kisses Cupcakes Recipe
- Easy Marshmallow Bouquet Recipe
- Raspberry Velvet Valentine Cupcakes Recipe
- 15 Valentine’s Day Treats
Find more recipes form Christina Stanley at Take Back Your Table.