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How to Make Healthy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie and Pie Crust From Scratch

Updated on April 17, 2014

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie

Homemade chicken pot pie made with healthy ingredients and enclosed in a home made pie crust.
Homemade chicken pot pie made with healthy ingredients and enclosed in a home made pie crust. | Source
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Real Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

I love cooking and I love homemade food. When I say homemade, I mean food that is really homemade with no shortcuts out of a can or a box.

There are thousands of recipes out there for "homemade" chicken pot pie and whenever I searched for one, I was always horribly disappointed to see ingredients like cans of cream of whatever soup, a packet of some type of soup mix or canned vegetables that have been sitting in a soup of BPA for who knows how long. This recipe is all real, fresh food. Just the way we like it.

I developed this recipe over a little bit of time, trial and error.

This recipe was made in a recyclable aluminum 4" by 8" pan that is 2" deep.

Ingredients for Homemade Pie Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, sea salt or kosher salt are best
  • 1/3 cup lard or shortening, we use lard because it makes the crust really flaky and nice
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons of cold water
  • 1 egg, for the final wash before baking

How to Make Homemade Pie Crust in Photos

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Put the flour, salt and lard into a bowl.You can cut the lard or shortening into the flour with a pastry cutter, a fork or...you can mix it together with your fingers by pinching the fat into the flour.When the crust mix comes together into pea size lumps, you are ready for the next step.Add the water 1 Tablespoon at a time into one side of the bowl.Fluff the area that you have added the water with a fork to mix it in.Add the next Tablespoon of water to another section of the bowl.Do this will all sections until the crust comes together.Once it forms a ball, it is ready to roll out.Roll the dough out until it is about 1/4" thick.  Place the pan that you are going to use over the top of the crust and cut around it to form the top.  Be sure to get as close to the edges as you can.Cutting the crust for the bottom.The top crust is cut and ready to be set aside.Take the rest of the dough for the bottom crust.  Lay it into the pan.Gently push the crust into the bottom of the pan.Using a fork or other pointed utensil, poke holes into the bottom of the crust.  This will help prevent poofing when it bakes.You can use the scrap pieces to create decorations if you want.I chose leaves and a heart to decorate the top crust.  Here I'm checking to make sure the decorations will fit.You can do detail in the decoration shapes to make it easier to tell what it is.You'll want to par-bake the bottom crust.  Place a piece of parchment paper into the pan and fill it with dry beans, rice or clay pebbles to help weigh the crust down to keep it from bubbling.Bake at 450 degrees for approximately 12 minutes, until the edges of the crust are brown.After baking, remove the parchment paper and it's contents.  Your crust is now ready for the filling.
Put the flour, salt and lard into a bowl.
Put the flour, salt and lard into a bowl. | Source
You can cut the lard or shortening into the flour with a pastry cutter, a fork or...
You can cut the lard or shortening into the flour with a pastry cutter, a fork or... | Source
you can mix it together with your fingers by pinching the fat into the flour.
you can mix it together with your fingers by pinching the fat into the flour. | Source
When the crust mix comes together into pea size lumps, you are ready for the next step.
When the crust mix comes together into pea size lumps, you are ready for the next step. | Source
Add the water 1 Tablespoon at a time into one side of the bowl.
Add the water 1 Tablespoon at a time into one side of the bowl. | Source
Fluff the area that you have added the water with a fork to mix it in.
Fluff the area that you have added the water with a fork to mix it in. | Source
Add the next Tablespoon of water to another section of the bowl.
Add the next Tablespoon of water to another section of the bowl. | Source
Do this will all sections until the crust comes together.
Do this will all sections until the crust comes together. | Source
Once it forms a ball, it is ready to roll out.
Once it forms a ball, it is ready to roll out. | Source
Roll the dough out until it is about 1/4" thick.  Place the pan that you are going to use over the top of the crust and cut around it to form the top.  Be sure to get as close to the edges as you can.
Roll the dough out until it is about 1/4" thick. Place the pan that you are going to use over the top of the crust and cut around it to form the top. Be sure to get as close to the edges as you can. | Source
Cutting the crust for the bottom.
Cutting the crust for the bottom. | Source
The top crust is cut and ready to be set aside.
The top crust is cut and ready to be set aside. | Source
Take the rest of the dough for the bottom crust.  Lay it into the pan.
Take the rest of the dough for the bottom crust. Lay it into the pan. | Source
Gently push the crust into the bottom of the pan.
Gently push the crust into the bottom of the pan. | Source
Using a fork or other pointed utensil, poke holes into the bottom of the crust.  This will help prevent poofing when it bakes.
Using a fork or other pointed utensil, poke holes into the bottom of the crust. This will help prevent poofing when it bakes. | Source
You can use the scrap pieces to create decorations if you want.
You can use the scrap pieces to create decorations if you want. | Source
I chose leaves and a heart to decorate the top crust.  Here I'm checking to make sure the decorations will fit.
I chose leaves and a heart to decorate the top crust. Here I'm checking to make sure the decorations will fit. | Source
You can do detail in the decoration shapes to make it easier to tell what it is.
You can do detail in the decoration shapes to make it easier to tell what it is. | Source
You'll want to par-bake the bottom crust.  Place a piece of parchment paper into the pan and fill it with dry beans, rice or clay pebbles to help weigh the crust down to keep it from bubbling.
You'll want to par-bake the bottom crust. Place a piece of parchment paper into the pan and fill it with dry beans, rice or clay pebbles to help weigh the crust down to keep it from bubbling. | Source
Bake at 450 degrees for approximately 12 minutes, until the edges of the crust are brown.
Bake at 450 degrees for approximately 12 minutes, until the edges of the crust are brown. | Source
After baking, remove the parchment paper and it's contents.  Your crust is now ready for the filling.
After baking, remove the parchment paper and it's contents. Your crust is now ready for the filling. | Source

How to Make Homemade Pie Crust

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Measure out the 1 1/4 cups of flour and put it into your mixing bowl.
  3. Add the salt and stir until the salt is mixed thoroughly into the flour.
  4. Measure the 1/3 cup of shortening or lard and add it to the flour.
  5. Using either a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the shortening or lard into the flour until the mix resembles small crumbly peas.
  6. Add the water 1 Tablespoon at a time mixing it in by pushing the flour around with a fork. Sometimes you will need 3 Tablespoons and sometimes you will need 4, depending on the humidity in the air at the time you are making the crust.
  7. Once you have added the water and the dough starts to come together, form the dough into a ball. It shouldn't feel dry or crumble when you touch it but it also should not feel wet or sticky.
  8. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and start rolling with your rolling pin.
  9. Roll out the dough until it is right at 1/4" thick. I like thinner crust and this thickness works perfect for meat pies, in my opinion.
  10. For the top crust, hold the pan above the crust and cut out around the edges. Make sure that you have the pan on the edge of the crust so you will have another, slightly large piece to line the inside of the pan.
  11. Set the top aside and square off the remaining dough for the bottom crust.
  12. Pick up the bottom crust by rolling it onto your rolling pin, then unrolling it onto the pan. The dough will cave into the pan and all you will need to do is lightly pat it down into the pan. Use small pieces of leftover scraps to fill any holes that might be there.
  13. Pierce small holes in the bottom and on the sides of the crust that is in the pan with something like a fork. This will help keep the crust from bubbling up when we par bake it.
  14. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit inside the bottom crust. Use beans, clay marbles, rice or something else that can stand the heat to weigh down the crust.
  15. Par-bake your crust in the 450 degree oven for approximately 12 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
  16. Remove the crust from the oven and let it sit to cool off before removing the parchment paper and whatever you used to weigh it down.
  17. Use the leftover scraps to cut out any design that you might want to put on top of your pot pie. I cut out 4 leaves and a heart shape to finish mine off but you don't have to.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: 2 or 3 adult size servings

Ingredients for Homemade Pot Pie Filling

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, we use meat from chickens we raise
  • 2 cups chicken broth, homemade is best
  • 2 cups + 1/4 cup water, for broth and thickening
  • 4 Tablespoons all purpose flour, for thickening
  • 1 teaspoon salt, sea salt or kosher salt are best
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, to your taste really
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage, to your taste
  • 1 medium carrot, freshly chopped
  • 1 medium potato, diced
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped onion, to your liking, we used red onion but other onion will work too

How to Make Homemade Healthy Filling for Chicken Pot Pie in Photos

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You can use canned chicken for this recipe.2 cups of chicken and 2 cups of water in the pan.The flour and water mix that will be used later for thickening.The carrot, garlic, onion and potato.Vegetables chopped and ready to go into the filling.Add the carrot and garlic to the broth mix.  Let it cook for 5 minutes.Add the onion and potato and allow the filling to cook until the potatoes and carrots are almost fully cooked.Salt, pepper and sage.Add the spices to the filling and stir them in.Pour the flour mixture into the filling while stirring.It should look similar to this when you first pour the flour mixture in.After a few minutes, the filling will thicken up.  At this point, your filling is ready to go into the crust.
You can use canned chicken for this recipe.
You can use canned chicken for this recipe. | Source
2 cups of chicken and 2 cups of water in the pan.
2 cups of chicken and 2 cups of water in the pan. | Source
The flour and water mix that will be used later for thickening.
The flour and water mix that will be used later for thickening. | Source
The carrot, garlic, onion and potato.
The carrot, garlic, onion and potato. | Source
Vegetables chopped and ready to go into the filling.
Vegetables chopped and ready to go into the filling. | Source
Add the carrot and garlic to the broth mix.  Let it cook for 5 minutes.
Add the carrot and garlic to the broth mix. Let it cook for 5 minutes. | Source
Add the onion and potato and allow the filling to cook until the potatoes and carrots are almost fully cooked.
Add the onion and potato and allow the filling to cook until the potatoes and carrots are almost fully cooked. | Source
Salt, pepper and sage.
Salt, pepper and sage. | Source
Add the spices to the filling and stir them in.
Add the spices to the filling and stir them in. | Source
Pour the flour mixture into the filling while stirring.
Pour the flour mixture into the filling while stirring. | Source
It should look similar to this when you first pour the flour mixture in.
It should look similar to this when you first pour the flour mixture in. | Source
After a few minutes, the filling will thicken up.  At this point, your filling is ready to go into the crust.
After a few minutes, the filling will thicken up. At this point, your filling is ready to go into the crust. | Source

How to Make a Healthy, Fresh Chicken Pot Pie Filling

  1. The first thing I need to tell you is that if you want cubed pieces of chicken, do not add it until the end. We like our chicken shredded so we put ours in with the broth so it shreds while it is being stirred.
  2. Put your 2 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of water into a saucepan and turn the heat on medium. Allow it to warm up.
  3. In a separate bowl or cup, put 1/2 cup of water and mix in the 4 Tablespoons of flour. Mix this thoroughly until there are no lumps and set it aside.
  4. Add the chopped carrot and the onion. Let the mixture cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the potato and onion and while stirring occasionally, cook until the potatoes and carrots are almost done.
  6. Stir in the salt, pepper and sage.
  7. Now you are going to want to add the water and flour that you mixed together earlier. You let it sit for a while so you'll want to stir it to make sure it is well mixed. Pour the flour mixture into the filling while constantly stirring.
  8. Keep stirring over medium high heat, being careful not to allow any of the filling to burn. It will start to thicken up.
  9. If you chose to keep the chicken in cubes, you'll want to add them now.
  10. Your filling is now ready for assembling your pot pie.

How to Assemble the Finished Homemade Crust and Filling for Chicken Pot Pie in Photos

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Pour the mixture into the prepared bottom crust.Roll the top crust onto the rolling pin and unroll it on the filled bottom crust.Create your edging.  I just folded the crust over.Now you are going to use an egg wash on the crust.Crack an egg into a cup or bowl and whisk the egg until the white and yolk are nicely combined.Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash onto the edges on the crust.Now put on the decorations.Using the egg wash as glue, brush the back of your decorations, one at a time as you are putting them in place on the crust.The leaf decorations in place on the crust.The center heart decoration in place on the top crust.Once the decorations are in place, brush the egg wash on the remainder to the top crust.  You want everything coated and shiny but not saturated.You will want to create venting spots for steam to escape your pot pie.  Cut small slits in the top to allow any steam to escape.The pie is ready for baking.  Bake at 450 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Pour the mixture into the prepared bottom crust.
Pour the mixture into the prepared bottom crust. | Source
Roll the top crust onto the rolling pin and unroll it on the filled bottom crust.
Roll the top crust onto the rolling pin and unroll it on the filled bottom crust. | Source
Create your edging.  I just folded the crust over.
Create your edging. I just folded the crust over. | Source
Now you are going to use an egg wash on the crust.
Now you are going to use an egg wash on the crust. | Source
Crack an egg into a cup or bowl and whisk the egg until the white and yolk are nicely combined.
Crack an egg into a cup or bowl and whisk the egg until the white and yolk are nicely combined. | Source
Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash onto the edges on the crust.
Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash onto the edges on the crust. | Source
Now put on the decorations.
Now put on the decorations. | Source
Using the egg wash as glue, brush the back of your decorations, one at a time as you are putting them in place on the crust.
Using the egg wash as glue, brush the back of your decorations, one at a time as you are putting them in place on the crust. | Source
The leaf decorations in place on the crust.
The leaf decorations in place on the crust. | Source
The center heart decoration in place on the top crust.
The center heart decoration in place on the top crust. | Source
Once the decorations are in place, brush the egg wash on the remainder to the top crust.  You want everything coated and shiny but not saturated.
Once the decorations are in place, brush the egg wash on the remainder to the top crust. You want everything coated and shiny but not saturated. | Source
You will want to create venting spots for steam to escape your pot pie.  Cut small slits in the top to allow any steam to escape.
You will want to create venting spots for steam to escape your pot pie. Cut small slits in the top to allow any steam to escape. | Source
The pie is ready for baking.  Bake at 450 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
The pie is ready for baking. Bake at 450 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. | Source

How to Assemble Your Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Filling and Homemade Pie Crust

  1. Once the filling is thick and hearty, you will want to pour it into your par-baked homemade pie crust bottom.
  2. Roll the top crust one more time to stretch it out just a little bit more.
  3. Roll the top crust onto your rolling pin and unroll it onto the filled bottom crust.
  4. You have a lot of options for the edging. I just folded this one over but you can make any type of decorative, or not, edging that you feel like.
  5. Now you will prepare the egg wash. The egg wash is what makes the crust shiny and acts like a glue for applying your decorations that you made earlier.
  6. Crack and egg into a small bowl or measuring cup and whisk it until the yellow and white are nicely combined.
  7. Using a pastry brush, go ahead and coat the edges of the top crust with your egg wash. Don't do the rest just yet.
  8. Using the egg wash as your glue, apply it to the back of your decorations and lay them in place on top of the crust.
  9. Once the decorations are in place, go ahead and carefully egg wash the rest of the top crust making sure that the whole surface has a nice, light, even coat. It should appear shiny but not saturated.
  10. You will want to cut a few vent holes in the top crust to let the steam escape while the pie is in the oven. I cut slits about 1 inch long between the leaves and at the corners. It was probably more cuts than needed but I like to have clean topped pies and proper venting slits will keep the top clean.
  11. Bake for approximately 20 minutes at the same 450 degrees that you par-baked the bottom crust.
  12. When the top crust is browned and shiny, your homemade pot pie is finished.
  13. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before cutting into it. This will give the filling enough time to cool off and thicken back up.
  14. Serve with yeast rolls or bread and butter along with a green salad for an excellent, homemade dinner that everyone will love!

© 2014 Helena Ricketts

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    • Rachel Alba 8 months ago

      Hi Helena, Your top crust looks absolutely gorgeous. I'm always jealous of really pretty crusts like that. I don't have that kind of talent. The recipe looks really good too. It's the first pot pie I saw in a rectangle pan. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

      Blessings to you.

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      Helena Ricketts 21 months ago from Indiana

      That is an excellent idea @Shades-of-truth and I will do that. Thank you!

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      Emily Tack 21 months ago from USA

      Great article, Helena. Next time you make it, cut a slice and take a photo, so we can see what it looks like on a plate. My husband would love this dish!

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      Helena Ricketts 2 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you so much! If you make it, please come back and let me know what you thought.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      You may have just solved tonight's dinner dilemma . I think I have everything I need for this in the fridge.

      The detailed photos really helped, thanks.

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      Bruce Chamoff 2 years ago from New York

      Awesome looking recipe. I love chicken pot pie and I was looking for a great recipe. Voted up!

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      Helena Ricketts 2 years ago from Indiana

      It is great in the wintertime!

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 2 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Great recipe. I plan to try this. We enjoy this type of dish in the winter.

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