All of the comforting flavours of chicken pot pie but with the extra goodness of root vegetables—potato, carrot and parsnip—without the need to make pastry!
8-inch (2 L) Square dish
3 cups (750 mL) sodium-reduced chicken broth
1 potato, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
1 large carrot, cut into bite-size chunks
1 large parsnip, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
1 cup (250 mL) bite-size chunks of butternut squash
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) frozen peas
2 cups (500 mL) bite-size pieces cooked chicken
1/4 cup (60 mL) butter
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each dry mustard, dried basil, salt and pepper
1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
1 cup (250 mL) milk
4 sheets phyllo pastry
1/4 cup (60 mL) butter, melted
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Butter an 8-inch (2 L) square dish.
In a large pot, bring broth to a boil. Add potato, carrot, parsnip and squash; simmer covered for about 10 min or until vegetables are tender.
Stir in peas. Cook covered for 2 minutes.
Reserving broth, drain and transfer vegetables to a large bowl along with chicken. Check to make sure you have 2 cups (500 mL) of broth left; if not add a bit more broth or milk.
Melt butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.
Stir in thyme, mustard, basil, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with flour; cook, whisking, for 1 minute.
Gradually whisk in milk and reserved broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Whisk for 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth and thickened.
Pour sauce over vegetable mixture; stir until well coated. Transfer to prepared dish.
Place 1 sheet of phyllo on work surface; brush entire phyllo surface with butter (keep remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel).
Lay second sheet on top of first; brush with butter.
Repeat with remaining 2 sheets of phyllo.
Cut phyllo into 4 equal-sized rectangles. Crumple a rectangle slightly; place on 1/4 of filling, tucking edges on inside of dish. Repeat with remaining phyllo rectangles, on other 3 quarters, covering entire surface of filling.
Bake for 20 min or until filling is hot and bubbling and phyllo is golden. Let stand for 10 min before serving.
Cooking tip: If phyllo is torn, don’t worry, you’ll never know after the sheets are stacked and crumpled for the topping.
This classic, one-pan meal is perfect for those nights when you want to treat your family to something delicious and hearty without the big cleanup. For added creaminess, add a generous dollop of sour cream!