The weather is changing and fall is in the air, and my mind can only see rich meals ahead...
I made enough for 2-9inch pie dishes, but half recipe will fill 4-10oz ramekins if you prefer them that way.
3 lbs chicken breast, cut into 1 inch chucks
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 ribs celery, sliced
3-4 carrots, sliced
2 tablespoons marsala wine
1 cup frozen pearl onions
1 cup frozen peas
3 tablespoons flour
3 cups chicken stock, homemade is always best
1/3 cup half and half
Fresh thyme and parsley chopped(as much as you like)
3 cups all purpose flour
2 sticks or 1 cup of cold unsalted butter, sliced into 1 tablespoon pieces (place butter pieces in freezer 10 minutes before using it)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
6-8 tablespoons ice cold water
1 egg, well beaten mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
Make your crust first. Pulse together flour and salt in a food processor. Add butter and pulse about 8-10 times. Add shortening and pulse 8-10 times. Add water slowly and keep pulsing until the mixture crumbs up. Pour dough onto your work surface and divide it by two. Form 2 balls and wrap them in plastic film. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days ahead.
Melt butter in a heavy bottomed pan. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over chicken pieces. Cook chicken in hot butter for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently for even cooking. Add onions, celery and carrots and cook for about 10 minutes. Add Marsala wine and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add frozen peas and frozen pearl onions. Add flour and stir it well, making sure all chicken and veggies are coated with it. Add chicken stock and half and half and keep stirring until it thickens. Season to taste and add fresh herbs. Pour into pie dishes and set aside.
Preheat oven to 400F.
Remove dough from refrigerator and place it on a floured surface. Roll the pastry out to a 10 inch circle. Place on top of pie and cut off the leftovers hanging from the corners. Make indentations with a fork to secure the filling all around the pie dish. Make a few slits on top of pastry to release steam while cooking. Brush tops with egg wash and bake it in preheated oven for 25 minutes, about 15-20 if making individual ramekins. Bake on top of cookie sheets as the filling might bubble up and pour onto sides of baking dish making a mess in your oven.