Hello fresh followers, yes, I am finally sharing new, and (hopefully), inspired, recipes with you! This recipe is the first of a series that I call "lightened-up" comfort food: warm, hearty, and rich dishes for winter that are also guilt-free.
I am quite delighted that this is the first recipe; it captures the theme perfectly -- a delicious, crowd-pleasing dish, but was simple to make and also deceptively healthy. The recipe is similar to a traditional chicken pot pie, however, I lightened-it up by taking away the bottom crust, adding more veggies, and creating a lighter sauce that also features some curry flavor! It was soul-soothing and seemed decadent -- however, keep reading -- I promise that you will be shocked to see how healthy it really is! Let's do this...
** LIGHTENED-UP CHICKEN & CURRY POT PIE **
* 4 cups frozen vegetable medley (I used peas, green beans, corn, and carrots)
* 1 tablespoon canola oil
* 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
* 1 small onion, chopped
* 3 celery stalks, chopped
* 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
* 2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
* 1/3 cup flour, plus one tablespoon
* 1 tablespoon dried oregano or parsley
* 2 cups low-fat milk
* 3 cups chicken stock
* 2 cups chopped chicken (I used a store-bought rotisserie chicken, and it was the perfect amount!)
* 1 package puff pastry or biscuits (I used puff pastry, but for healthiest option, I recommend whole wheat biscuits)
* Preheat oven to 400F.
* Toss canola oil with frozen vegetables, and spread evenly on a sheet tray. Lightly sprinkle with salt. Roast for about 10-12 minutes. Once cooked, set aside.
* Over medium heat, warm olive oil in heavy-bottomed pot or large pan.
* Saute onion, celery, and sprinkle of salt for about 5 minutes, or until mixture begins to soften.
* Sprinkle in curry powder and flour, and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
* Gently pour in the milk and chicken stock, and cook until thickened, stirring often.
* Stir in vegetables and chicken. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
* Cool for 10-15 minutes, and then serve yourself a big bowl of fresh, healthy, & hearty comfort food...
Recipe adapted from here.