Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kingswood Chicken Pie

I've found a new blog that I love! Glenda at Living and Gardening in the Ozarks has a unique way of blogging, she journals her days on her beautiful Missouri dairy farm. No longer a "working dairy," she and her husband still enjoy the perks of having a cow to milk. Somewhere between Chickens in the Road and Tales From the Coopkeeper, Glenda has so much knowledge that she shares through her tips, recipes and pictures...I learn something new every time I visit! 

Glenda shared a recipe for pie crusts that stir up in a second and make 6 crusts to put down in the freezer for the holidays that are just around the corner. She let me share this picture of a cherry pie she made with the recipe, doesn't this just make you want to go in the kitchen and stir up a pie for supper?  If you've never made pie crust, don't be a'skeered, it's not hard and the reward is money in your pocketbook and lots better than storebought pie!

I hadn't thought of the word pocketbook in a long time...Missouri girls call it a purse! We moved to Wilkesboro, North Carolina in the 1980's and as Southern as I talk...they could run me a race! Their accent was similar to mine, but different.

Wilkesboro was a beautiful little town in the NW corner of the state, the Blue Ridge Parkway was just a few miles away with it's breathtaking views of the smoky blue mountains. A transfer after Tyson bought Holly Farms Foods took us to this gorgeous part of the country. We only lived there a year, but we spent our time wisely sightseeing and tasting our way through NC!

One of the things I remember the most about Wilkesboro was the many, many roads out there named for churches. Brushy Mountain Baptist Church Road, Welcome Home Baptist Church Road, Brown's Temple Road and Moravian Falls Church Road. Which reminds me of another great thing about North Carolina, Kingswood Chicken Pie that the Moravian Falls Church made for fundraisers.The Wilkes Journal- Patriot printed the recipe and I couldn't wait to make it. I clipped out the recipe and glanced over the ingredients. I looked twice and re-read, it had to be more than this...that's not enough ingredients for a proper Chicken Pie. But I was thinking Midwest Pot Pie and this was Moravian Chicken Pie. The Moravians settled in the area a century ago and they are famous for this dish made with not much more than chicken, chicken broth, flour, and butter. It's a meat pie, just simple comfort food.

Kingswood Chicken Pie
(clipped from the Wilkes Journal-Patriot Oct. 1989)

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup Crisco
8 tbsp cold water
Mix into soft dough. Handle as little as possible. Roll out half the dough to fit a greased pie plate.

3 cups finely chopped chicken
1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cup chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste

Place chicken in the crust, sprinkle with flour and pour chicken broth gently over the filling. Cover with top crust, pinch edges of crust together to seal and flute around the edges. Bake at 375 F oven for 60 minutes until golden brown.


  1. I am so glad you enjoy my journal. That is all it is, just my daily life on the farm now kept on the internet...I still do my paper journal too.

    Thank you for the recipe. I am copying it off.
    All Mom ever put in her chicken pie was chicken, broth, and a little flour. She always topped it with her perfect biscuits. I have never been able to achieve her biscuits. Your recipe's technique is a little different is all.

    By the way, that new pie crust works well for a chicken pie too. I just did one.

    Now I have a new blog to check out! I already am a loyal follower of Suzanne's CITR.

  2. I wanted to comment on southern accents. I could listen to them all day long. I agree we have a certain type of southern accent and 'talk' but not quite the same. I love all things southern, including their authors and novels. I guess our ancestors being from Tennessee and North Carolina may give me a true connection. When I read Rick Braggs' Ava's Man, I thought "these are my people"!. Could have been written in Nixa, Mo. back in the day.

  3. Good Morning! SO nice stopping by to visit with you and see these delicious pies. I checked out Glenda's sweet blog ~ thank you for the link.

    Chicken Pot Pie is a favorite here, but I think I would be a little disappointed without the veggies in mine.


  4. Hello...from just up the road in West Jefferson, NC.....love that chicken pie!!


  5. Joycee, we make Turkey Pot Pie filling using the left over left overs from Thanksgiving and then make up crusts as need be!! I LOVE chicken pot pie...:)JP Oh, & thanks for hooking me up to a new blog!


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