Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Paleo Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Pie (with or without vegan cheese)

You can omit cheese to keep it Paleo, but we use Vegan cheese for a weekend meal. 
This will make two pies in a medium size pie pan or you can pack a large  pie pan full

Preparation Time:15 min

Cooking Time:30-35 min

  • 3-4 chicken breast
  • 1 cup organic reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth (more as needed)
  • 1 tbsp Arrowroot powder
  • 1 (1/2 cup) medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • pepper
  • 1 tsp savory
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 3 cups broccoli florets partially steamed if raw and thawed if frozen, and pat the broccoli dry or it will create to much liquid in the bottom of the dish
  • 1-2 cups shredded vegan Colby Jack or Monterey Jack (or 1/2 cup salsa with excess liquid drained if you do not want to use cheese)
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • eggs
  • Optional, salsa or hot sauce when serving

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 2- 9-inch glass pie plate with sunflower spray or lightly coat with coconut oil.
  2. In a small sauce pan on medium heat, stir the broth and the arrowroot powder until it starts to thicken into a sauce.  Slowly add more broth and stir until you have a gravy consistency. 
  3. In 10-inch greased skillet, cook chicken, garlic and onion  over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until chicken  is just short of being fully cooked; drain. Pour gravy into the skillet and stir well.  Stir in pepper, savory and thyme.  Spread in pie plates; sprinkle with cheese or salsa
  4. Cover the cheese with as much broccoli as you want
  5. In medium bowl, stir flour, baking powder, milk, and eggs with whisk or fork until blended. Pour into pie plates.  I actually pour about half of it in and stir it up really well to help hold it together and then spread the rest on the top.    You may not use all of the batter, if you do, you will want to increase cooking time by 5-10 minutes. 
  6. Bake 30 minutes or until inserted in center comes out clean.  Check at 30 minutes and most likely you will need to cook an additional 5 minutes. 

When cooking with lots of veggies and meat, there is always the chance of having too much liquid in the bottom of the dish.  Don't panic when you cut a piece out if there is a lot of liquid on the bottom.  Carefully drain it out or spoon it out.  Tilt it to one side, but be sure to use a large spatula to hold the casserole in the dish.  Even if there is liquid in the bottom, it does not ruin the dish.




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