The Best-Ever Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Updated on March 8, 2020
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I have loved chicken pot pie since childhood. The recipe I'm sharing here is one of my favorites.

Freshly baked and perfectly browned. Ready to eat!
Freshly baked and perfectly browned. Ready to eat! | Source

A Favorite Meal From Childhood

The recipe I'm sharing here is one of my favorites. I have loved chicken pot pie since childhood, though I actually grew up eating the frozen kind. I thought of it as a special treat.

Frozen pot pie as a special treat? Hmmm . . . that doesn't sound right, does it?

However, I grew up on a farm, and my mother grew almost everything we ateā€”and I do mean everything, even the chickens. We rarely ate any type of convenience food. We ate strictly organic farm-to-table food, like the hipsters do now. Only then we merely called it food.

We had raw milk from our cow, corn straight from the stalk, radishes pulled fresh from the dirt, tomatoes off the vine. I would call that paradise now. But when I was a little girl, what I sometimes craved was the more exotic frozen crap from the grocery store.

When my daddy sometimes hauled cattle for sale at an auction on Thursdays, he didn't return until well after suppertime. On those nights my mama would bake frozen pot pies for us. Daddy didn't eat that kind of stuff, so it was a treat just for the two of us.

She baked the pies and we ate them in the living room while we watched That Girl, starring Marlo Thomas. Good memories, and pretty good frozen pies.

Searching for the Perfect Recipe

When I grew up, I tried to re-create those special times with Mama. I bought frozen pot pies many times and baked them for myself and my kids.

However, as time passed, the quality of the pies seemed to diminish. The little lumps of chicken didn't seem quite right to me. The higher quality pies were out of my price range since I am a frugal cook who likes to get at least three meals from one chicken!

So I started experimenting with recipes. I tried chicken mixed with cream of chicken soup and mixed vegetables and topped with various types of biscuits. I tried the same concoction topped with pie crust. I tried making my own crusts and using pie crust mixes.

None on my experiments ever quite matched my memory of the pies shared with Mama. I finally discovered that it was the sauce that wasn't quite right, and that it did indeed need a flaky crust on top and bottom.

So I searched for a recipe that had the "just right" sauce. This is it...

Pre-prepared pie crusts, milk, frozen peas and carrots, butter, chicken, flour, and chicken broth
Pre-prepared pie crusts, milk, frozen peas and carrots, butter, chicken, flour, and chicken broth | Source

Five Star Recipe

3.8 stars from 4 ratings of Chicken Pot Pie

Prep and Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 (15-oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on package

Note About the Pan

You can use either a deep-dish pie pan or a 9x13 casserole dish to bake this pie.

  • If you use a 9x13 pan, you will need to roll your bottom pie crust into a 13-inch square. Your top crust will need to be rolled into an 11-inch square.
  • If you are using a round deep-dish pie pan, you can roll or stretch the prepared crust to cover the side of the dish to the rim.

Step 1: Prepare the Pie Filling

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Stir in flour, onion, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in the broth and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the chicken, peas and carrots. Remove from heat.

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Prepare the sauce. Combine butter, flour, salt, pepper, chicken broth, and milk.
Prepare the sauce. Combine butter, flour, salt, pepper, chicken broth, and milk.
Prepare the sauce. Combine butter, flour, salt, pepper, chicken broth, and milk. | Source
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Step 2: Prepare the Crusts, Fill, and Bake

  1. Roll one pie crust into a 13-inch square; or, if using a deep pie pan, stretch crust to cover the bottom and sides to rim of pan. Ease crust into an ungreased baking dish.
  2. Pour the chicken mixture into the crust-lined dish.
  3. Roll the remaining pie crust into an 11-inch square. Place this crust over the chicken mixture. Turn the crust edges under or flute.
  4. Bake at 425 degrees about 35 minutes or until golden brown.

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This pot pie calls for a top crust as well as a bottom crust.Pour the chicken mixture into the pie pan.
This pot pie calls for a top crust as well as a bottom crust.
This pot pie calls for a top crust as well as a bottom crust. | Source
Pour the chicken mixture into the pie pan.
Pour the chicken mixture into the pie pan. | Source
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    • Peggy Browning profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Browning 

      4 years ago from Ponca City, Oklahoma

      It IS, peachpurple! You should try it. I think you will like it ... Thank you for reading.

      Peggy

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      peachy 

      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      it looks very good just like in the bakery shops

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