Chicken Pot Pie with Carrots, Caramelized Onions & Shortbread

Ingredients

Filling

2 large yellow onions, diced

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons sugar

10 tablespoons butter

3 large chicken breasts with skin

5 1/2 cups chicken broth

3 chicken breasts with skin 1 tab butter

2 onions 3 tab olive oil 2 tsp sugar 1 hour caramelized onions

2/3 cup flour

1 cup sliced carrots

1 cup frozen carrots

 1 cup frozen peas

1 sweet potato, cut into roughly 1" cubes

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon savory

1/2 teaspoon sage

1/4 cup cream

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Crust

3 cups flour

1 cup butter

1/3 - 1/2 cup ice water

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

DIRECTIONS

First, caramelize the onions.  Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onions and stir so that they're coated in the oil.  Lower the heat to medium low and allow to cook for one hour, stirring every ten minutes, until the onions are golden brown in color.  Then remove it from the heat and set aside.

While the onions are caramelizing, you can prepare the crust.  Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  You have two options when adding the butter.  1) You could cut the butter into pea-sized pieces over the bowl.  But this method usually means holding the butter in your hand which will warm it up, thus making less cold-induced flakiness.  Or 2) you could cut the stick into general 2" cubes on a cutting board, add the butter cubes to the bowl and toss them to coat in the dry ingredients (this helps protect them from the warm air) and use a dough scraper to chop the butter cubes into smaller bits that are roughly pea-sized.  Begin adding the tablespoons of ice water while stirring gently.  Grab a handful of the mixture and squeeze.  If it generally sticks together when you let it go it is fine.  If it completely crumbles apart, it needs a bit more water.  Shape into a ball, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and keep refrigerated until you're ready to roll it out.

When the onions are done, remove them from the pan and set aside.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Rub the chicken down with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper.  Melt the butter in the pan over medium heat and add the chicken breasts to the pan.  Cover and pan fry them until they are cooked through, about 8 minutes on each side depending on the heat.  Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.  Add the broth and flour, stir until combined.  Add the caramelized onions, carrots, peas sweet potatoes and seasonings.  All to simmer until the mixture has thickened.  Meanwhile, chop the chicken breasts into roughly 1" cubes.  Add the chicken and the cream, stir until combined.  Taste, and add more salt and pepper as desired.  Set aside.

Remove the dough from the fridge and divide it into four equal balls.  Roll each out into a circle that is about 1/4' thick.  Evenly distribute the filling between four oven-safe bowls.  Crumble up a shortbread finger over each one, then place the crust over the top and press down around the edges to seal, trimming any excess dough.  Use a sharp knife to poke a few holes in the top to allow steam to escape.  Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until the crust is golden around the edges.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes before serving.

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