I have to share this one because it was different than the traditional chicken pot pie we usually eat, and it was a big hit tonight! The instructions are jumbled and the measurements are guesstimations, because I kind of made this up as I went along. It was tasty and filling and both kids gobbled it up! A great way to sneak greens in. I'm not a huge fan of kale (unless it's in the form of Creole kale chips), but this was fantastic.
2 carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
8 oz. fatty bacon chunk*
8-10 slices of bacon**
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup bacon drippings
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups broth (I used vegetable)
3 cups chopped kale
* I bought a 16 oz. package of uncured bacon "Ends and Pieces" from Trader Joe's for $3.99. It was a steal! Perfect for flavoring dishes. You can add regular bacon of course, but you'll still want to remove it unless you have a taste for chewy, floppy bacon.
** But let's be real here, use as many slices of bacon as you want.
In the crockpot, cook your chicken breast on low for about 3 hours, or until cooked through. Then add the carrots, onions, and fatty bacon, and cook for two hours more.
(You could also just cook all this on the stove top, but I like being able to get a lot of my cooking done before the witching hour... you know, when the kids are going bonkers, standing on the table throwing mandarin oranges at each other, stringing yarn all throughout the house. Nope, just my kids? Okay. For me, that's just not the ideal time to be stuck in the kitchen, cooking!)
In the meantime, fry up the bacon slices. I like mine done in the oven so it's nice and crispy. Save the drippings! When the bacon is done, make a roux with the butter, bacon drippings, and flour. Cook for about two minutes, then add the broth. Whisk until it has thickened up. (Since I totally guessed at the measurements here, I'm not really sure how much broth I used. You want it to be gravy consistency, so keep messing with it.) Then, add the kale and mix until it is whilted.
Remove the fatty chunks of bacon from the crockpot (I saved mine to make a veggie/bacon broth with later), shred the chicken, and add all the contents of the crockpot to the gravy and kale mixture. Pour it all in a pie dish, cover with a pie crust and bake until the pie crust is cooked through!
Let me know if you try it!