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Chicken Pot Pie Provencal


Serves 8


  • Jacques’s Poached Chicken
  • 4pounds roasting chicken
  • 6carrots, ends trimmed, peeled
  • 4celery stalks, ends trimmed
  • 1leek, white and light green parts only
  • 1cup dry white wine
  • 2sprigs tarragon
  • 3sprigs thyme
  • Fronds from a large fennel bulb
  • 10ounces pearl onions, peeled
  • 1tablespoon kosher salt
  • 12black peppercorns
  1. Place chicken in a large stockpot.
  2. Tie whole carrots, leek, celery, and fennel fronds into a bundle and add to the pot with the chicken. Tie tarragon and thyme together and add to the pot. Toss in the peppercorns and the pearl onions, white wine, and 1 tablespoon of salt. Fill with water to just cover the chicken, put over a high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, lower the heat to maintain a gentle boil for 20 minutes. Raise the heat back to high, to again achieve a rapid boil, turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 1 hour.
  4. Remove chicken from the pot and set aside to cool. Remove the bundle of vegetables, discard the fennel fronds and leek, and cut the carrots and celery on the bias into bite-sized pieces, reserve.
  5. Skin the chicken and pull all the meat from the bones, tearing into bite-sized pieces, reserve.
  6. Strain the cooking liquid through a fine meshed strainer into a clean saucepan, skim any fat from the top and set over medium high heat to reduce to 4 cups of concentrated stock, reserve.
  7. Chicken Pot Pie Provencal (recipe will make two 9” round by 3” deep pies, each will serve 4-6 people) If making only one pot pie, freeze 1 pastry disc and half of the filling for later use.


  • 3cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2sticks plus 5 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1” pieces.
  • 2/3cup ice water
  • 1teaspoon kosher salt
  • Reserved chicken
  • Reserved carrots
  • Reserved pearl onions
  • 10 fingerling potatoes
  • 1large fennel bulb, quartered and roasted
  • 10ounces button mushrooms, thickly sliced and sauteed
  • 1/2pound haricot verts, topped and tailed, blanched, refreshed, and chopped
  • 1 1/2cups frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup diced oven roasted tomatoes (store bought)
  • 1tablespoon brown mustard seeds
  • 1/4cup vermouth
  • 6tablespoons butter
  • 8tablespoons flour
  • 1cup heavy cream
  • 1cup creme fraiche
  • 4tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1tablespoon finely chopped tarragon
  • 2teaspoons finely chopped thyme
  • 1egg, whisked for egg wash
  • Salt and pepper

For the pastry crust –

  • Place the flour into a bowl of a food processor, toss the butter on top, and pulse in short bursts until the butter is reduced to pea sized pieces. Add the salt to the water and stir to dissolve. Pour the water through the feed tube of the processor and pulse until the dough just starts to come together in a ball, you should still see some small butter chunks in the mix.

Dump the dough out onto a well-

Floured work surface, and divide it into two equal sized balls. Press each ball into a disc about an inch thick, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours, or overnight.

For the pot pie filling –

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400. Quarter the fennel bulb, and cut out the wedge shaped core. Toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and place on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, until nicely caramelized. Remove from the oven, roughly chop and reserve.
  • Place the fingerlings in a pan of cold water to cover.
  • Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a gentle boil and cook until just cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Drain, place on a cutting board, and cut into coins. Toss in a bowl with a touch EVOO and reserve.
  • Sauté mushrooms in a little olive oil with salt and pepper, until caramelized. Add mustard seeds and vermouth, and cook until all the liquid has evaporated, reserve.
  • Make a roux by melting the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan, add the flour, and whisk constantly for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the 4 cups of reduced stock, whisk until smooth. Put back on the heat, add the cream and creme fraiche, and cook, whisking, until the sauce thickens to coat the back of a spoon. Whisk in the mustard and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the minced tarragon and thyme, remove from heat to cool slightly.
  • Put all filling ingredients (potatoes, tomatoes, onions, carrots, fennel, celery, haricot verts, mushrooms, and chicken) into a large mixing bowl, add the mustard velouté and mix well. Check for seasoning, reserve.
  • Whisk the egg in a small bowl.
  • Pour the filling to within 1/2” of the top of a 3” deep, 8-9” round soufflé dish (or other such ramekin or earthenware vessel)
  • Roll the pastry dough on a well-floured surface to about 1/8” thickness.
  • Brush egg wash onto the rim of the ramekin and about halfway down the outside of the dish to hold the crust in place while baking.
  • Place the rolled pastry on top of the pie, allowing about 2” to drape over the edges. Press into place to adhere to the dish, cut away any excess.
  • Brush the entire crust with egg wash, and cut 8 small vent slits in the top. Put the pie on a sheet tray and place in the 400? Oven for 30-35 minutes, until the crust is nicely browned, and the contents are seen bubbling through the vent holes. Remove from the oven and serve with a simple green salad.


By Oui, Chef

Author Notes: This recipe has at its core, an adaptation of Jacques Pepin’s recipe for Poached Chicken (“Cooking at Home with Julia Child”), but whereas Jacques ser (…more)—Oui, Chef

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