In this riff on the classic pot pie, a “bowl” of buttery whipped potatoes replaces the traditional pastry crust. This dish is the perfect destination for Thanksgiving leftovers: Use leftover mashed potatoes for the bowl and substitute shredded leftover turkey for the chicken.
For the stew
1-1/2 lb. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups lower-salt chicken broth
2 cups sliced mushrooms, such as oyster, hen of the woods, or chanterelles
1-1/2 cups small-diced fennel (from 1 small bulb)
1 cup small-diced carrot
1 cup fresh pearl onions, peeled, or frozen pearl onions, thawed
1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
1 oz. (2 Tbs.) unsalted butter
2 Tbs. thinly sliced fresh chives
For the baby carrots
16 baby carrots with tops, peeled and trimmed with 1/2 inch of the tops intact
2 Tbs. olive oil
For the whipped potatoes
3 lb. russet potatoes (about 4 medium)
2/3 cup whole milk
3 oz. (6 Tbs.) unsalted butter, softened
Freshly ground black pepper
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F.
Make the stew
Season the chicken with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Heat the oil in a 10- to 11-inch straight-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken, flipping once, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium and whisk the flour into the fat in the pan. Cook, whisking, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the broth and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pan, reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and simmer gently, turning once, until the chicken is very tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate and let cool briefly.
Meanwhile, stir the mushrooms, fennel, carrot, onions, and thyme into the sauce. Cover and simmer until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the mustard and butter, and keep warm.
When the chicken is cool enough to handle, pull the meat from the bones, shred into bite-size pieces (discard the skin and bones), and add to the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper and keep warm.
Roast the carrots
Put the carrots on a small rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and season with 1/4 tsp. salt. Roast the carrots until tender and lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Keep warm.
Make the whipped potatoes
Peel and quarter the potatoes. Put them in a 4-quart saucepan; add enough water to cover and 4 tsp. salt. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Uncover, reduce the heat as needed to keep the water from boiling over, and cook until tender when pierced with a fork, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain well. Return the potatoes to the pot over medium heat and stir occasionally until they no longer steam profusely (a little steam is fine), about 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until steaming, about 2 minutes. Keep warm.
With an electric hand mixer on medium-low speed, beat the potatoes until they’re broken up, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the hot milk and the butter, and beat on high speed, scraping the sides and bottom of the pot occasionally, until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes (the potatoes should be fairly stiff, but add the remaining milk if needed). Season to taste with salt and pepper and keep warm.
Spoon the whipped potatoes into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip (Ateco #806). Pipe the potatoes to form “bowls” on each of 6 plates; the bowls should be about 3 inches in diameter and about 2-1/2 inches tall. Spoon the chicken stew into the bowls and garnish with the roasted baby carrots and the chives. Finecooking.com