Chicken, Ham and Fennel Pot Pies

  • 5 cup Canned low-salt chickenbroth
  • 2 sm Fennel bulbs; trimmed, halved lengthwise, triangular core discarded, thinly sliced
  • 1-3/4 lbs Skinless boneless chickenbreast halves; cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup Diced carrot
  • 5 Tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 5 Tbsp All purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cup Milk; (do not use nonfat orlow-fat)
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Fennel seeds; crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Salt; (or more)
  • 1/4 lbs Thinly sliced country ham; cut into match stick-size strips
  • 1 Egg white; beaten to blend (glaze)
Pie Crust Ingredients:
  • 3 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp chilled vegetable shortening, cut into pieces 6 Tbsp
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Bring broth to boil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add fennel; cook 7 minutes. Add chicken and carrot; simmer until fennel, chicken and carrot are tender, about 10 minutes.

Pour into strainer set over bowl; reserve broth for another use. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour; stir 2 minutes. Gradually add milk and whisk until sauce thickens, about 4 minutes. Add lemon juice, fennel seeds and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Add chicken mixture and ham. Season with salt and pepper. Divide filling among eight 1 1/4-cup soufflé dishes or glass custard cups. Cool completely. Roll out pie crust on flour surface to 1/8-inch thickness.

Cut out 8 rounds, each measuring 1/2 to 1 inch larger in diameter than soufflé dishes, gathering dough and rerolling as necessary. Cut out leaf decorations from dough scraps, if desired.

Lay 1 dough overhang firmly to adhere to sides and top rim of dish. If using, brush bottom side of cutouts with water and place on dough; cut slits in dough for steam to escape. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover each with plastic; chill.)

Preheat oven to 375° F. Place pies on large baking sheet. Brush crusts with glaze. Bake until pies heated through and crusts are golden, about 40 minutes.

Crust Preparation:

Combine flour and salt in processor and blend. Add butter and shortening and process, using on/off turns, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 4 tablespoons water; blend in. Add enough additional water by tablespoonfuls to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk.

Wrap in plastic and chill until cold, at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.

Servings: 8 small cups
Submitted by: Recipe Group Member