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3.14 Pi Day Mini Hainanese Chicken Pot Pies

Posted March 14, 2016 by Stephanie
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It’s Pi Day! I’m not much of a math geek – in fact, I’m completely the opposite, but Pi Day means pies, so of course I had to make some. I purposefully made four tiny pies so I could cut into the last one and leave 0.14 of it. Get it?! 3.14 pies!

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These guys are a take on Hainanese chicken, my most favorite way of eating chicken ever. The basic flavors of Hainanese chicken are ginger, garlic, scallions so I added those to the regular aromatics of a chicken pot pie. Topped off with a puff pastry hat, these pies are the perfect way to celebrate Pi Day!

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Happy Pi Day! Hope there’s pie in your life :)

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Mini Hainanese Chicken Pot Pies
makes 4 mini pies

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 1 small piece ginger, minced (about 1.5-2 tablespoons)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup diced carrots
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast, about 3/4 lbs, cut into 0.5 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • lightly beaten egg with 1 teaspoon water

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Melt the butter in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, shallot, ginger, and garlic and cook, stirring, until translucent, but not brown, about 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle the flour on and stir to incorporate. Pour the chicken stock in a thin stream into the skillet, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer to thicken.

Add the carrots, celery, and chicken. Simmer, stirring often, until the chicken is cooked through, about 10-15 minutes. While the chicken is simmering, trim the puff pastry into circles a little bit larger than the baking dishes you’ll be using.

When the chicken is cooked, stir in the green onions, taste and season with salt and pepper. Spoon equally into 4 mini baking dishes. Top the baking dishes with the puff pastry and use a fork to crimp and adhere. Brush the tops with the lightly beaten egg. Place in the oven and bake until tops are puff and golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Enjoy warm!

Bite-Sized! Bite-Sized is a recipe series that don’t have any deep and ponderous thoughts: they’re just yummy in my tummy and they can be yummy in yours too. They’re quick and easy recipes that I don’t have much to stay about, but I couldn’t go without sharing the deliciousness. I hope you give them a go!
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  1. Hmmmm Hainanese chicken is such a childhood classic for me! Love how you incorporated that into a pot pie.

  2. Tori says:

    ? ? ? ? ? I can’t even! This is such an adorable idea! Love!

  3. I bought the same little turquoise enamel ramekins last week! Yay canvas home. Haha.

  4. Libby says:

    I really love the newest look of the blog. I know it’s not super duper brand new but I just really like it. :)

  5. These are the cutest. Mini-things just taste better! And I’m totally a math geek and appreciate the picture with 3.14 pies :)

  6. These are so cute! I love the single servings. Using the eggwash on the puff pastry is such a great look, too!

  7. Dan says:

    Another great recipe! Looking at your food blog around lunch time is torture! Looks great and I can’t wait to make it this week! Thanks again!

  8. Lysandra says:

    OH your pies are soooo cute!! I want some now!!

  9. Melanie Nixon says:

    This is adorable! Totally forgot that today is Pi Day… might have to make these tonight for supper!! Thanks for sharing, and Happy 3.14!!!

  10. MizzJ says:

    Such a cool twist on a comfort food classic! I’ll have to try this at my next potluck.

  11. whaddya mean you’re not a math geek?? next you’re going to tell me you don’t know how to play the piano?? hehe. these actually are making my tummy grumble. i should probably go eat instead of slobbering over all my friends’ food blogs. XO

  12. What a great post! Loved your story and the mini pies look so good! I’ll have to try this!

  13. Miss Jackie says:

    Wish I would’ve seen this on Pie Day! But I think everyday is Pie Day! This is slightly out of my comfort zone but I am going to try this, looks Good!

  14. Amy says:

    YOURE SO CREATIVE! I love hainanese chicken too!

  15. nita says:

    I love this! It’s such a creative twist melding two classic dishes!

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