Coconut Curry Chicken Pot Pie
Two of my favorite comfort foods combined into one irresistible dish— traditional pot pie meets chicken coconut curry.
I have rarely been as excited about any dish as I was about this coconut curry chicken pot pie as I pulled it from the oven. The lattice crust was golden brown, the filling was bubbling through the cracks, and the smell… oh, the smell!
It was incredible. Comfort food to the millionth degree on a cold winter day.
I’ve been craving chicken pot pie all winter and one day it just clicked that I should curry it up a little. And since I can’t resist adding coconut milk to all of my curry dishes, it’s in here too.
While I was preparing the pie crust I had one final stroke of genius, and made it with coconut milk to tie everything together. The end result is possibly the best pie crust I’ve ever baked— rich and buttery, and the perfect compliment to the savory filling.
I’m a fan of pie, no doubt about that, and I hate to pick favorites. So I’ll just say that this one disappeared in record time.
How to make pie crust in a food processor
I’ve discovered how easy it is to make pie crust in my food processor, with no loss of flakiness, and I’m not going back.
- Pulse the dry ingredients to combine.
- Add the cubed cold butter and pulse 3-4 times to break up into smaller chunks.
- With the food processor running, add the liquid.
- Continue running the food processor until the dough begins to come together. The food processor will actually start to make a different sound as the dough thickens. This should take up to 10 seconds total, do not over mix.
- Mixture should still be crumbly. Dump out onto a clean surface and bring together into a ball with your hands.
Coconut Curry Chicken Pot Pie
For the crust:
- 2 1/2 cups (300 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) cold coconut milk or water (see note)
- 1 egg + 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
For the filling:
- 3 tablespoons (42 grams) unsalted butter
- 1 lb (455 grams, 1 large breast) chicken, cubed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup (140 grams) onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 15-oz can (445 ml) unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 cup (237 ml) chicken stock
- 2 cups (280 grams) cubed potatoes
- 1 cup (140 grams) carrots, sliced
- 1 cup (150 grams) peas, fresh or frozen
- Additional salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
To make the crust:
- In a food processor, pulse the flour and salt to combine. Add the cubed cold butter and pulse 3-4 times to break up into smaller chunks. With the food processor running, add the cold coconut milk or water and continue to process until mixture thickens and starts to come together but is still crumbly. This should take about 10 seconds.
- Dump the dough out onto a clean surface and gather into a ball. Cut in half and shape each half into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours. Dough can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or double wrapped in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To make the filling:
- Add 2 tablespoons of the butter to a large skillet placed over medium heat. Season the cubed chicken with salt and pepper and add it to the skillet. Do not overcrowd the pan, cook in batches if needed. Cook until edges turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Place remaining 1 tablespoon butter in the skillet. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the tomato paste, curry powder, and flour. Add the coconut milk very gradually while whisking constantly. Add the chicken stock. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 7-10 minutes.
- Add the cooked chicken, potatoes, and carrots and cook until vegetables are slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the peas and cilantro, and add additional salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat to let cool slightly while you prepare the crust.
To assemble the pie:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. On a floured surface, roll out one of the disks to a rough 13-inch circle. Transfer dough to a 9-inch pie dish.
- Roll out the second disk of dough into a large circle. Cut into strips for a lattice or keep intact. Pour the filling into the bottom crust and top with lattice or circle of crush. Trim edges of crust to 1 inch overhang, pinch together and tuck into pie dish.
- Brush with egg wash and cut vents in the top crust if not using lattice. Bake until crust is golden and filling is bubbly, 45-60 minutes. If crust browns too quickly, cover with foil for the remainder of baking time.
- Let cool 15 minutes, then serve. If baking the pie ahead of time, reheat in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Notes: If using coconut milk in the crust, make sure it is well-shaken. It is also thicker than water, so you may need to add up to an additional 1/4 cup. Add 1 tablespoon at a time to avoid over moistening the dough.
The dough can also be made in a large bowl with a pastry blender if you don't have a food processor.