Make mini chicken pies in jars to serve at a party, for tailgating, or just for fun! These pot pies, assembled in half-sized canning jars, travel well because you can place lids on top of each jar and secure them with rings.
Individual Serving Size
It is fun and easy to serve pie in a small jar because most people like to eat an individual pie. These canning jars are called wide-mouth half-pint jars and can be found by clicking here. They hold about one cup of chicken pie each, and this recipe makes eight pies. For those with hearty appetites, plan to serve at least two pies. For those with lighter appetites, one jar will be enough, provided you also have a side dish or dessert.
Saute the Vegetables
Sauteing softens the vegetables quickly. They will finish cooking when the pies are baked. You can omit any vegetables you do not like and add other vegetables in their place. You can even make vegetarian pies instead of chicken pies by omitting the chicken and bouillon and using vegetable stock instead of chicken. These pies are very versatile!
Make the Sauce
The sauce cooks very quickly, so have all the ingredients measured and ready to use. First, make a roux with butter and flour. A roux is equal parts butter and flour that is cooked. Let the roux brown a little to give it flavor and take away the raw flour taste. Add the seasonings and liquids and whisk immediately to break up any flour lumps that form. The sauce will quickly condense and is thick and hearty. You can thin it by adding equal amounts of chicken stock and milk.
How to Assemble Chicken Pie Jars
Cut out the pastry pieces using cookie cutters. If using these wide-mouth half-pint jars, cut out (16) 2.5-inch pastry rounds and (8) 3-inch rounds. The 3-inch rounds go on top of the pies, and the 2.5-inch ones are layered in as you assemble the pies.
Bake the Chicken Pie Jars
Bake the pies for the listed time in the recipe. About halfway through baking, check the tops to see if they are brown enough. You can add a sheet of aluminum foil across the top of the jars to prevent further browning as the pies continue to bake. Let them cool a little before serving them because they will be very hot.
Reheating the Chicken Pie Jars
If you fill the jars to the bottom of the jar rim, the pies usually do not spill over. This keeps the edges clean, so you can add a canning lid and ring to any leftover jars that need refrigerating. To reheat the pies, remove the lids and place them in the microwave, and heat for 30-second increments until hot. Or heat them in a 325-degree F oven on a baking sheet with the lids removed. Cover them with aluminum foil and bake for 10-15 minutes or until hot.
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