This delicious Instant Pot chicken pot pie can be done in two ways: baked enclosed in puff pastry or served deconstructed with pastry sticks on the side. The family will love it either way! We used a 6-quart Instant Pot.
For the chicken pie filling
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
3 rashers bacon, diced
1 large potato, peeled and diced (or 2 medium, about 200 g)
1 large carrot, sliced
1 celery stick, sliced
2 chicken breasts, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 cup chicken stock (more juice will be released during cooking)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup frozen peas (thawed out in boiling hot water)
1/4 cup plain flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
To finish the pie
½ cup grated cheese (optional)
1-2 sheets of pie puff pastry for the crust (depending on how you decide to bake and serve it)
1 egg whisked
To make the pie filling, turn the Instant Pot on and press the Sauté button. Once the pot heats up slightly, add the butter, onions and bacon and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring a few times.
Add the potatoes, carrot, celery, chicken, garlic, stock and pepper and stir through. Press Cancel/Keep Warm to stop the Sauté process.
Place the lid on top, lock it and make sure the vent is pointing to Sealing. Press Manual, HIGH pressure and set the time to 4 minutes. Yes, 4 minutes is plenty as all our ingredients are diced, plus the cooking will begin while the pressure is still building up (this will take about 7-10 minutes and then the timer will start).
Once the timer is finished, use the quick release method to let off the steam from the pot. Simply point the vent handle on the lid to Venting and stand back. A quick tip is to move the handle to Venting a few times, to begin with, to let off a little pressure at a time and then leave it on Venting to finish the release.
While the chicken filling is cooking (this should be about 15 minutes), thaw out the frozen peas in boiling hot water.
Open the Instant Pot lid and stir in the peas, flour and cream while the mixture is very hot. It should thicken slightly.
Puff pastry twisties method. If you decide to serve this dish as a deconstructed chicken pie, then you will need to bake the puff pastry sticks while the chicken is cooking. Make sure to preheat the oven before you start the filling and set it to 200 C / 400 F and take the puff pastry out of the freezer to thaw out for 5-10 minutes.
Roll out the pastry sheet on a cutting board and cut it into thick 2” strips. Simply twist each strip starting in the middle. Place a piece of parchment paper on a flat baking tray and drizzle lightly with olive oil or grease with some butter. Place the twisted pastry strips on top. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until they are golden brown and puffed up.
Puff pastry pie crust. Once the pie filling is in the Instant Pot and cooking, preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F. Remove the puff pastry sheet from the freezer and let it thaw out on the kitchen table, this should take about 5-10 minutes. We only needed to use one sheet of pastry for our baking dish but you might need two.
Transfer the chicken filling into an oven-proof casserole dish or a pie dish. Sprinkle with grated cheese, if using. Cover the softened puff pastry sheet and use any offcuts as strips over the top and around the edges. You can get creative with the pastry and cut out some fun shaped to stick over the top.
Whisk an egg in a bowl and brush lightly over the pastry top. This will give the crust a lovely shine. Place the pie dish in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and puffed up. Serve while hot.
For a dairy-free version: Replace butter with olive oil or ghee. Cream can be omitted or replaced with coconut cream or another dairy-free alternative.