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Tarragon-Cream Chicken and Polenta Pot Pies

Tarragon-Cream Chicken and Polenta Pot Pies


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders, chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 ribs celery with the greens, chopped

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • Salt and pepper

  • 3 cups chicken stock, divided

  • 1 cup cream, divided

  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking polenta

  • 1 cup Gruyère cheese, grated

  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 6 sprigs fresh tarragon (3-4 tablespoons), stripped and chopped


In a deep skillet, heat two turns of the pan of EVOO over medium-high heat. Add chicken and lightly brown, 3 minutes, then add carrots, onion and celery as you chop, then the peas, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 10-12 minutes to soften.

Pre-heat the broiler. Set rack in middle of oven.

Bring 1 cup chicken stock and 1/2 cup cream to a boil, then stir in polenta and whisk to mass it, 3 minutes. Turn heat low, stir in Gruyère cheese and reserve.

Scoot meat and veggies off to the side in the skillet, then melt the butter and combine with flour for 1 minute. Whisk in the 2 cups remaining stock and combine, then stir in 1/2 cup remaining cream and bring to a bubble. Stir in Dijon mustard and tarragon, adjust salt and pepper, to taste, and transfer to soup bowls.

Set soup bowls on a baking dish. Form tops to your pot pies with the polenta and cheese mixture. Set under broiler and brown for 2-3 minutes.