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Festive Creamy Chicken Chowder Top Hats or Not Yo' Mama's Chicken Pot Pie
Recipe Number: 1196101595
Contributor: Mary Louise Lever
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Serves: 6
Cook Time: 15-20 Minutes
Prep Time: 35-45 Minutes
Difficulty: Average
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4 SMF Boneless, Skinless Breasts, Diced
2 1/2 Cups Water
1/4 Cup White Wine or Water
5 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
1 Cup Frozen Petite English Peas, Thawed
1/4 Cup Butter or Margarine
2/3 Cup Thinly Sliced Celery
1 Medium Yellow Onion, Diced
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
1 Tsp Poultry Seasoning
1/4 Tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg
2 Tbsp plus 1 Tsp Cornstarch
3 Cups Cream or Half & Half
1 Pkg Frozen Puff Pastry Shells, Thawed
1 Large Egg, Beaten with 1 Tsp Water
Cooking Instructions:
Heat oven to 375F. Using medium nonstick saucepan over medium heat, combine chicken, water, wine and bouillon cubes; cook about 6-8 minutes or until chicken is tender. Stir in peas and set aside. Heat butter in large nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add celery, onions and garlic, sauteeing until tender. Stir in poultry seasoning, nutmeg and cornstarch, cooking 1 minute. Slowly add cream, cooking about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add chicken mixture; reduce heat to simmer and cook, stirring frequently for 5-6 minutes or until hot and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.

Meanwhile, on lightly floured surface, roll each pastry shell, perforated side up, into a round about 1 ¼ -inches wider than the top of individual oven-proof French onion soup bowls or similar oven-proof bowls. Ladle chowder into bowls and place in large shallow pan. Do not over-fill. Brush bottom (non-perforated) edges of pastry with egg wash and place each, coated side down, over bowl rim making sure it does not touch chowder; press edges to seal. Brush perforated tops with egg wash. Bake until crust is golden brown and puffed, about 15-20 minutes. Serve hot.
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Cook’s notes: Chowder can be prepared ahead, re-heating then preparing the crusts (toques) when ready to bake. If chowder is too thick, add additional cream for preferred consistency. Also, if desired, can omit the pastry toppers and serve chowder with bread or croutons of choice.
Additional Comments:
Using readily availabe ingredeints makes this tasty chowder an easy and festive dish for family and entertaining.

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