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Chicken Pot Pie Filling

 

12 cups chicken broth

2 pounds boneless chicken thighs and/or breast, cut into 1-inch cubes or strips

2 cups cut green beans*

2 cups peeled and diced potatoes*

2 cups peeled and diced carrots*

2 tablespoons non-iodized salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

    For serving per 1-quart jar:

1 tablespoon cornstarch or flour for thickening 

Prepared pie crust or raw biscuit dough

*You’ll need approximately 3/4 pounds unprepared green beans, 1 pound unprepared potatoes and 2/3 pounds unprepared carrots.

 

Prepare pressure canner, jars and lids. You’ll need six 1-quart jars. Fill the canner with a few inches of water, following manufacturer’s instructions, and put canner on the stove over low heat with the jars inside to stay hot. This is a hot-pack recipe, so the water needs to be about 180°F.

In a large stockpot, combine the broth, chicken, vegetables and spices. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 10 minutes.

Remove the stockpot from the heat. Carefully ladle the filling into the prepared jars, making sure to put the solids evenly into the jars and leaving 1 inch of headspace.

Remove the bubbles with a bubble removal tool and recheck the headspace. If you end up short of liquid, top the jars off with boiling water or hot broth. Wipe the rims with a clean, damp cloth. Put the lids and bands on the jars and load them into the pressure canner.

Process the jars, following manufacturer’s instructions, at 10 psi for 90 minutes for 1-quart jars, adjusting for altitude if necessary. 

After processing, allow the canner to depressurize naturally, then remove jars and let them cool on the counter for at least 12 hours. Check the seals and store the jars for up to one year. 

For serving, pour liquid from a jar of Chicken Pot Pie Filling into a medium stockpot, thicken with a cornstarch or flour slurry. Stir in chicken and vegetables from jar. Pot pie can be made with pie crust or biscuits.

Pie crust: : Line a deep pie pan or a baking dish with a prepared pie crust. Add Chicken Pot Pie Filling and top with a second pie crust. Make a few slits in top pie crust to release steam. Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes or until pie crust is golden brown.

Biscuits: Pour hot Chicken Pot Pie Filling into a deep pie pan or baking dish. Top with your favorite raw biscuit dough. You can spread it evenly across the top — just don’t go to the edge — or put cut biscuits on top. Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes or until the biscuit topping is golden brown.

Makes six 1-quart jars

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