Paleo Chicken Pot Pie

I’ve gotten tons of requests over the past month or so for a chicken pot pie recipe – it’s like you all are mind readers.

Chicken pot pie is a tall order, the ultimate of ultimate comfort foods, in my opinion, and, one of my favorite foods from childhood.  

It all starts with the dough/crust, which I found from a paleo pie crust I made.

I decided to make 2 smaller pies with double crusts (top and bottom) and one personal size pie with only a top crust to test both options.  Both turned out absolutely delicious, so feel free to use only a top crust, and smaller dishes, if you want to cut down down on prep time or just don’t want so much crust in your pie.

As for the filling, I decided to go very traditional, only swapping out the typical peas for broccoli florets to make it paleo.  You can easily swap your favorite veggies into the filling without altering the recipe, so definitely take the opportunity to add whatever you and your family loves the most.

For the chicken, I pre-baked boneless skinless chicken thighs, then cubed them, but you can use any cooked chicken you like – even a rotisserie chicken will work just fine.   Once again, use whatever is convenient and family-approved to make this your own!   T

So, what’s left?  The creamy factor, right?  We’ll be using chicken bone broth – either homemade or purchased – along with organic ghee or grass fed butter, tapioca flour (or arrowroot) as a thickener, and a small amount of coconut milk for that last bit of creaminess.

The filling may or may not make more than you need to fill the crusts (depending on the size of your dishes) but any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and served for lunch the next day as soup.  At least, that’s what I did with mine – YUM!  

Ingredients

crust:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/4 cups tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 14 Tbsp palm shortening or coconut oil , or grass-fed butter, or a combination of both, cold
  • 2 large eggs

filling:

  • 1 lb chicken breasts or thighscooked and cubed
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 1/4 cups celery diced
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots peeled and diced and blanched**
  • 1 head broccoli cut into florets and blanched**
  • 6 Tbsp or grass-fed butter or goat butter or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot starch
  • 2 3/4 cups bone broth homemade or purchased
  • 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk blended prior to adding
  • 1 tsp a good poultry seasoning blend .. I like rosemary, oregano, thyme and garlic.
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley minced
  • 1 egg plus 1 tbsp water for egg wash, optional


Instructions

prepare crust:

  1. In a food processor combine all ingredients EXCEPT for the eggs and pulse until mixture resembles thick crumbs.  Then, pulse/process in the eggs until a dough forms.  Gather the dough into a ball prior to rolling or pressing into your pie dish(es).Separate dough into 4 disks and wrap tightly in plastic.  Refrigerate for about 30 minutes prior to pressing/rolling out dough.

prepare filling:

  1. Have your chicken cooked and cubed and your carrots and broccoli blanched** and set aside. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. Heat a large stock pot over med-low heat and add the 6 tbsp ghee or butter. Add the onions and celery, sprinkle with just a bit of salt and pepper.
  3. Raise the heat to medium and cook about 5 minutes, until translucent and fragrant.
  4. Whisk in the tapioca flour and continue whisking while the mixture bubbles for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add bone broth and raise the heat, bringing the mixture to a boil while stirring. Once boiling, lower heat to med-low and continue to simmer another 10 minutes, until thickened.
  6. Once thickened, add the coconut milk, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, parsley, cubed chicken, carrots and broccoli. Stir and cook another 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside.
  1. If planning on making both bottom and top crusts (as opposed to top only) press or roll dough between two sheets of parchment paper, then gently lay each one into the bottom of your pie dishes – you can make this in a large deep dish pie dish (9 inches) or 2 smaller deep dish pie dishes (5-6 inches). Alternatively, you can make 4 personal size pies in ramekins.***
  2. If using a bottom crust, poke holes all over crust with a pork and place pie dishes on a baking sheet. Pre-bake the bottom only for 10-12 minutes, or until bottom is just set, then remove from oven.
  3. Fill your pie dishes with filling almost up to the top (it’s fine that they boil over a bit while baking). Extra filling can be saved as leftovers for soup, or frozen for later use.
  4. To prepare the top crusts, roll or press the remaining disks between two pieces of parchment paper (or all of them, if using a top crust only) until about 1/4” thick. Carefully place top crust over filling and seal the edges as desired, then, using a thin knife, make 3 or 4 slits on the top crust. If using the egg wash, gently brush it over the top crusts and sprinkle with additional sea salt if desired.
  5. Place pie dishes on a large baking sheet (use 2 if necessary) and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, until crust is deep golden brown and filling is bubbling through.

Recipe Notes

*Unbaked pies can be frozen and baked later on, you can also prepare dough and filling up to 3 days ahead of time, then assemble and bake

***Press dough into bottom and sides of the pie dish(es) to fit – this dough will break easily since it lacks gluten, however it also repairs incredibly easily and can withstand a lot of manipulation without affecting the final product!

Nutrition

Calories: 558kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 20gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 542mgPotassium: 498mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3735IUVitamin C: 57.6mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 2.2mg

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5 Tips to Prevent Breast Cancer

 You have more control than you probably thought over whether you get cancer or not


Let’s carry on the conversation about breast cancer in honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness month AND so you or your loved ones can avoid becoming one of the statistics because…

According to Breastcancer.org, they estimate in 2019 alone 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer are expected in U.S. women, and about 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men.

So as I said last week, early detection of breast cancer significantly increases your chances of survival.

BUT reducing your risk factors for cancers significantly decreases your chances of getting cancer ever!

High risk factors for breast and other types of cancer can include:

  • Family history/genetics
  • High sugar/carbohydrate diet
  • Use of plastic food and water containers
  • Excess estrogen circulating in the body
  • A sluggish liver and poor detoxification system
  • High oxidative stress (cellular/DNA damage)
  • Repeated exposures to hormone altering toxins and radiation

Contrary to popular belief, your genetics dictate ONLY 20% of your health outcomes, and your lifestyle drives the other 80%.

This is great news!

It means you have more control than you probably thought you did over whether you get cancer, autoimmune conditions and chronic or terminal illnesses.

Inflammation is what drives all dysfunction and disease in the body, so when you control inflammation it’s like containing wildfire.  The more you contain it, the less devastation it can create.

I want to give you 5 things you can do to reduce inflammation and your risk not just for breast cancer, but for all types of cancer and chronic diseases!

To start, let’s recap on what some of the most common high risk factors for breast and other types of cancer, terminal illnesses and chronic diseases are.  They can include:

  • Family history/genetics
  • High sugar/carbohydrate diet
  • Use of plastic food and water containers
  • Excess estrogen circulating in the body
  • A sluggish liver and poor detoxification system
  • High oxidative stress (cellular/DNA damage)
  • Repeated exposures to hormone altering toxins and radiation

You can’t change your genetics but you can change how they impact your health by adopting healthy behaviors that keep them from fostering disease states.

Remember, your genetics dictate ONLY 20% of your health outcomes, and your lifestyle drives the other 80%.

So here are 5 things you can do to reduce inflammation so you can keep your genes happy and healthy, and to prevent cancer or other chronic diseases…

#1 – Eat Anti-Inflammatory & Pro-Antioxidant 

You put food in your body every day that can either fuel the inflammatory fire or help to put it out.  To drastically reduce inflammation every time you eat, avoid the top inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, sugar, soy and alcohol.  And then look to replace them with antioxidant-rich foods to reduce oxidative stress (aka cellular and DNA damage) such as goji berries, organic dark chocolate, artichokes, cilantro, elderberries, and wild-caught salmon.

#2 – Rest & Recover From 10-4

From 10pm to 4am is when your body performs critical repair of all of your cells, flushing of toxins and restoration of all systems.  It’s like taking your body in for a tune up every night!  However, if you’re not sleeping during this timeframe your body can’t perform these duties which can lead to hormone imbalances, toxic back-ups and a multitude of other issues that can trigger inflammation leading to disease.  Aim to be asleep by 10pm at least 5 nights per week.

#3- Move & Release

Moving your body daily helps you to maintain a healthy weight, your strength and cardiovascular health AND to release toxins.  The lymphatic system is the body’s natural sewage system to eliminate toxins and excess estrogen that can drive cancer and disease, but the problem is that it doesn’t move itself.  When you move, the lymphatic system moves too.  The more you move the more inflammation and cancer causing toxins can be released!

#4 – Stop & Shift

Did you know that stress can cause inflammation and genetic alterations too?  Stress is inevitable but having a daily de-stress routine in place is a proactive way to prevent it from accumulating and contributing to chronic inflammation that can lead to disease.  See where you can fit in as little as 5 minutes of deep breathing or meditation in your day.  And at a minimum when you feel stressed – stop and shift your mindset by inhaling for 5 seconds, holding your breath for 5 seconds and exhaling for 7.  Repeat this 5-10 times to instantly get out of stress mode!

#5 – Tackle The Toxins

Prioritize minimizing your exposures to inflammatory and cancer-causing toxins by focusing on the things you put in and on your body that have the largest impact on your health.  You can do this by eating organic food as much as possible, drinking and cooking with only filtered water and swapping out your personal care products such as lotions, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner for less toxic and more environmental-friendly brands.

By taking action in these 5 areas not only will you drastically reduce your risk for cancer and other chronic diseases, but I can almost guarantee you’ll instantly notice an improvement in your energy, weight and overall sense of wellbeing. 

Let’s make a pack to make cancer prevention something we’re aware of all year long, not just during the month of October!

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