Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie is a classic comfort food full of chicken, carrots, peas and celery in a delicious homemade creamy chicken sauce (no cans!) baked in a flaky pie crust.

We love cooking up classic comfort food in this house, and this week we’re cooking Chicken Parmesan, Slow Cooker Pot Roast, and Oven Baked Pork Chops.

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 CLASSIC CHICKEN POT PIE

As a child, my food memories are among my fondest. One dish I remember really well, but never got to enjoy homemade was chicken pot pie! Our version was always the Marie Callendar’s classic chicken pot pies you would find in your freezer. I know, not gourmet dining, but they never lasted long!

I don’t make pot pie often, mostly because we tend to reserve pie crusts for sweet options around here (like this Banana Cream Pie), and this chicken pot pie recipe takes a fair amount of time to make. I do find though, when I make it, the leftovers seem to vanish at an alarming rate.

HOW TO MAKE EASY CHICKEN POT PIE WITH BISCUITS

Another favorite in this house is the biscuit casserole version of chicken pot pie. I use the same biscuit recipe from my Buttermilk Biscuits, because they’re tried and true, and double the filling recipe. Just grease a baking dish and pour in your chicken pot pie filling. Then top with biscuits in a layer, brush the tops with buttermilk, and bake until biscuits are fluffy and cooked through.

Or you could even make it with biscuits in the slow cooker using my Slow Cooker Crispy Chicken Pot Pie recipe.

HOW TO THICKEN CHICKEN POT PIE

The chicken pot pie filling is thickened by making a roux with butter and flour. When you whisk the flour in, cook for another minute until the flour has a chance to cook out some of the raw flavor. It doesn’t take very long and for the purposes of the chicken pot pie we don’t need to let it brown. Then pour in the liquid and cook until it begins to thicken.

In some recipes, especially southern recipes a roux can cook for quite a long time and can brown create a deep nutty flavor. You do not need to create that depth of flavor here. We are utilizing the flour for the purposes of thickening the sauce rather than for the flavor.

If your sauce doesn’t thicken, you can whisk 2 tablespoons of corn starch into ¼ cup cold broth and pour it into the sauce while stirring. The pot pie filling will thicken as it heats.

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HOW TO REHEAT CHICKEN POT PIE

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover pot pie with tinfoil and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through. The tinfoil prevents the pot pie crust from burning. If you’re taking the pot pie from the freezer to the oven, you will need to increase the cook time.

FREEZING CHICKEN POT PIE

You can make a double recipe of this old fashioned pot pie and freeze the second pie. When we do this, I usually reheat it by taking the dish out of the freezer the night before and letting it thaw in the fridge, then cook at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

CAN YOU USE OTHER MEAT WITH CHICKEN POT PIE?

This easy chicken pot pie recipe can be used with other meats like leftover ham, turkey, or ground beef. It’s the perfect way to use up leftovers from a holiday dinner or a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

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WHAT Vegetables work well in CHICKEN POT PIE?

Chicken pot pie traditionally uses carrots, celery, onions, and peas. But you can add other veggies if you want to. Here’s a few that would work well.

  • zucchini
  • sweet potatoes
  • green beans
  • parsnips
  • turnips
  • broccoli
  • bell pepper

Really anything else you know your family will happily eat! I sometimes even just add minced up bits of spinach to the mix since I know they love everything else in the recipe. Why not, right?

TIPS FOR MAKING CHICKEN POT PIE

  • If you would like to make these into personal sized chicken pot pies, use small ramekins and cut out the pie crust to fit. You may need more crust for this method, cook for 5-10 minutes less time.
  • Crimp the sides of the pie crust using a fork to make it look more decorative.
  • Be sure to carve in a couple of vents to prevent the pie crust from cracking.
  • This recipe also works with reduced-fat milk or low-sodium / low-fat broth if you need it. Or you can substitute the milk with high-fat heavy cream if that’s what you have in the refrigerator.
  • You can use pre-made pie crust or puff pastry to cut some time. Buy a second pie crust and roll it out for the top. Pre-bake the pie crust according to package instructions.
  • If you’re stuck for time, you can use condensed cream of chicken soup in place of the roux. I would still saute some fresh cut-up vegetables in a skillet before adding this though.
  • If you want to mimic the flavors of the condensed soup you can also use my homemade version of Cream of Chicken Soup (Condensed).
  • If you make your crust from scratch you can make a double batch (two full pot pies worth) and make a double version of this dish in a foil lasagna pan for a crowd. Or you know, for a normal family meal…this chicken pot pie recipe will be popular, I promise!

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Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie is a classic comfort food full of chicken, carrots, peas and celery in a delicious homemade creamy chicken sauce (no cans!) baked in a flaky pie crust. 
Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pie crusts (9 inch) unbaked
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup celery , sliced
  • 1/3 cup onion , chopped
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups chicken breast cooked and cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 3 carrots , diced
  • 1 cup green peas , frozen
  • ½ cup corn
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and add the pie crust to your pie pan.
  • In a large skillet add the butter, celery and onions and cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes until the onions are translucent before adding in the flour and whisking well for 1 minute.
  • Season with salt, pepper and celery seed before adding in the milk and broth slowly while mixing very well keeping the mixture smooth, simmering until thickened (about 6-8 minutes).
  • Add the chicken, carrots, corn and peas to the saucepan and mix well with the milk mixture before pouring into the pie dish and topping with the second pie crust, sealing the edges.
  • Cut some small slits in the top of the pie crust, brush with egg wash (mix the egg and 2 tablespoons of water together to make this) and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly.

Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 769mg | Potassium: 503mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4320IU | Vitamin C: 17.1mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2.6mg
Keyword: chicken pot pie, Classic Chicken Pot Pie (Flaky Crust!)
Full of grilled chicken, caramelized carrots, potatoes, celery with a delicious homemade creamy chicken sauce (with no cans of soup!), it is baked inside a delicious pie crust for a fantastic dinner that will be enjoyed by all!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Made this recipe a few times now and I’m in love! So easy and so dang good. I always cook it for much less time though. Only takes about 25- 30 min for me! I use pilsbury pie crusts!

  2. I made this tonight it was truly amazing! My first attempt at pot pie and it was a big hit. I used a store bought double crust which was so easy. My husband requested potatoes next time and more crust, smh husbands! I will save this recipe in my rotation.

  3. this is a great recipe. Didn’t take me long as I used frozen pie shells and the cream of chicken soup to which I added a little milk, a splash of worcestershire sauce and a few tsps of a tuscan chicken spice blend. Just had to poach 4 chicken tenders and saute onions. Then put it all together…was super good!

    My question is, if I make two pies and want to freeze one of them, do I freeze the pie unbaked?

  4. Out of this world amazing…. came out perfectly the first time, and it was an absolute HIT with my family of six. Adding this one to our family favorites!!!

  5. Made this last night for supper ,my family loved it !!!Served it with warm apple crisp and ice cream for dessert

    1. You can add potatoes to this but you’ll want to make sure that they’re fork tender before adding them. If not, they won’t be soft and they’ll also soak up all of the liquid and your pot pie will be dry. Good luck!

  6. What type of pie crusts do you use? They look so flaky! 🙂 Also, do you brown the bottom one before pouring in your filling? Thanks?

    1. I put them in raw. Between the cooking in the pan and baking for 45 minutes they will cook through. If you boil first they will get too overcooked and disintegrate. Hope you love the recipe!

  7. This looks delicious! I love making homemade chicken pot pie! I will have to try this recipe next time!

  8. Gosh I haven’t had one of these in a LONG time and I certainy have never made one from scratch. I need to give it a try!

  9. Oh wow – this looks divine! Love the caramelized carrots. This is a favorite of mine that I haven’t made in ages! This is a great recipe I look forward to trying!

  10. My kids love Chicken Pot Pie. We have not had it in a few months. Now that the weather is getting cooler this will be a great recipe to make.

  11. Chicken Pot Pie is one of my favorite comfort foods. I will have to try making this recipe. I have never tried to make my own before.

  12. This looks so delicious. I will have to try making this with the kids. I am trying to teach them how to cook so this will be a great recipe for them.

  13. I’m the same way – we tend to reserve pie crusts for sweet options too! However, this looks so good I may have to make an exception.

  14. That looks so super-flaky… Would it be okay to just eat the crust? LOL… This sounds like a fabulous recipe. Thanks for sharing

  15. When I think about chicken pot pie, it makes me think of my mom. This was a favorite of mine and she would make it for me at least 3-4 in two weeks. You photos are outstanding!

  16. That looks absolutely fantastically amazingly good! Chicken pot pie is my favorite, and I’m digging all the peas, too!

  17. We have not made these since I was a kid. I loved them back then. Not sure why I haven;t made them since. I will have to change that now! YUM!

  18. This chicken pot pie looks amazingly delicious! I’m going to have to make this one soon! Great idea to make an extra pie to freeze for later!

  19. I was just thinking about pot pies last night when a Marie Callendar’s commercial came on – we used to eat those all the time growing up – this homemade version looks So much better

    1. Oh yes! I even remember the commercials as a kid, it used to prompt me to ask my mom for more of them! Way to go ad company guys!