Chicken-Tarragon Pot Pie

This recipe, which is adapted from “Julia and Jacques at Home” by Julia Child and Jacques Pépin and was featured in a New York Times article about roast chicken, makes delicious use of leftovers. It is rich, but packed with vegetables. You can substitute dried tarragon for fresh, but use less than a tablespoon, and season to taste.


For the crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cold vegetable shortening
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 egg

For the filling:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup thinly sliced leeks
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 cup frozen baby green peas
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups leftover roast chicken, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)

      667 calories; 49 grams fat; 27 grams saturated fat; 1 gram trans fat; 14 grams monounsaturated fat; 4 grams polyunsaturated fat; 36 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams dietary fiber; 4 grams sugars; 18 grams protein; 178 milligrams cholesterol; 338 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

8 servings


  1. To make the crust, combine flour, butter, shortening, salt and sugar in a food processor. Pulse together just until the mixture is crumbly and butter is broken into small pieces. Pour 1/3 cup ice water into the machine, and pulse 3 or 4 times. Squeeze a little dough in your hand to see whether it clumps together and is evenly moist. If not, add another tablespoon of water, and pulse 1 or 2 times more. Don’t overmix so that the dough forms a ball.
  2. Turn out dough on a large sheet of plastic wrap. Lift ends of plastic to gather dough together inside. Press into a large disk, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to 2 days.
  3. To make the filling, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrot, celery, leeks and tarragon, and cook, stirring, just until slightly softened but not browned (reduce the heat if necessary to prevent browning), about 3 minutes. Transfer cooked vegetables to a bowl, wipe out the skillet, and place it back on the stove.
  4. Add remaining 3 tablespoons butter, and melt over medium heat. Whisk in flour, and cook, whisking, until the mixture bubbles and smells cooked. Do not let it brown. Whisk in 2 cups broth, and cook, whisking, 1 minute. Whisk in cream, and cook 2 or 3 minutes, just until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If the sauce is too thick, whisk in remaining broth.
  5. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Add cooked vegetables and peas, chicken and sauce to 8-ounce deep pie dish or other baking dish, mix gently, and taste for seasoning.
  6. Flour a work surface. Remove dough from refrigerator, and cut in half. (Set aside half for another recipe.) Roll out remaining dough, turning and flouring often, and cut a shape approximately the size of your baking dish plus 1 1/2 inches overlap all around.
  7. Whisk egg in a small bowl. Brush onto rim of dish. Roll dough up onto the rolling pin, and unroll over dish, so it rests evenly on top of filling. Press overlap onto the rim and against the outside of the dish, sealing tightly. Poke tip of knife through crust to create 3 vent holes near the center. Place on cookie sheet, and place in oven.
  8. Bake 20 minutes, then reduce temperature to 375 degrees. Bake 15 to 20 minutes more, until crust is golden and filling is bubbling through vents. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

1 hour 30 minutes

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