8.20.2014

homemade chicken pot pie.

Last night I was in the mood for a little comfort food. Growing up I used to love Marie Callender's frozen chicken pot pies, but as a "responsible" adult I can't bring myself to eat something so unhealthy and salty. So I decided to make my own and update the recipe to make it a little healthier (substituting milk for cream for less fat and water for chicken stock for less salt). The end result was delicious and h very happy. Next time I'd like to figure out a healthier (homemade) alternative to the pre-made crust -- maybe light biscuits or mashed potatoes on top (like a Shepherd's Pie). In the meantime I'm looking forward to eating leftovers. 
Recipe adapted via Food Network

Ingredients:
1-2 large chicken breasts diced
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup diced white onion 
1/2 cup diced carrots (I like to use baby carrots)
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large potato, diced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup water (or low-sodium chicken stock if you have it)
1 cup milk (or sub with heavy cream)
1 store bought pie crust, unbaked and thawed if frozen

METHOD: 
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.


Sprinkle the diced chicken breast with paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and spray with Pam (or use olive oil). Add the seasoned chicken and saute until cooked through, remove the chicken and put on a plate for later (to avoid overcooking). Cut the potato into 1/4 pieces and boil.

Add the onions and peas and carrots to the pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir and cook until the onions become tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute longer. Check on your potato, once it's cooked dice it into smaller pieces and add to the mix of vegetables. Sprinkle in the flour and stir until the flour dissolves into the vegetables and juices. Add the water (or chicken stock) and raise to a simmer, stirring until thickened. Once the liquid has thickened, stir in the milk (or heavy cream). Season with salt, if needed.


Return the chicken to the pan. Fill the pie tin with the mixture and place in the oven and bake until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Enjoy!
-xo- 
Jillian
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25 comments

  1. I love pot pies! So good and such awesome comfort food! I've never mastered the art of making them though... :(

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  2. This is a really pretty chicken pot pie!

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  3. Oh my gosh, this looks SO delicious! I've thought about making them before because the store bought version is so unhealthy, but it always looked complicated. Totally giving this a try this fall!!

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  4. growing up i always hated chicken pot pie but yours... YUM!

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  5. I've never made chicken pot pie - but this looks delish, will have to add it into the "must try" list!

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  6. Yum! I love a good chicken pot pie, but have never tried making one on my own. Will have to give this recipe a try for sure!

    xo Southern Style

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  7. I can't wait to try this when the weather cools down! I have always wanted to make a pot pie but it looks so daunting and I'm always so afraid of messing it up. Yay!!!
    Linh
    http://abeautifulrawr.com

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  8. Get in my belly! I saw that on Instagram last night and was hoping you'd share the recipe.
    P.S. I shared my recipe for those low cal banana bran muffins today.

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  9. I just realized as much as I cook, I've never made a pot pie before. That'll change this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    Megan // www.fyeahblog.com

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  10. We loooove Chicken Pot Pie! I make a super easy version with biscuits on top... I blogged the recipe last fall if you want to give it a try! :)

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  11. I kid you not, I have been craving this for the past week. Not sure how much T. goes for pot pie, but not sure I care after seeing this recipe!

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  12. This has been on my mind since you shared it on IG... I will definitely be making this!

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  13. growing up, my mom use to make chicken pot pie almost every sunday! such a classic recipe

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  14. Yummm! I know what I’m making this fall!

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  15. Y U M !!! Chicken pot pie sounds irresistible! I usually throw a little store-bought puff pastry on top, but I bet biscuits would be so delicious!

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  16. WOW This looks amazing! My husband would flip out over this. I will definitely be trying this soon!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  17. Nothing better than good comfort food!!

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  18. Wowzers this looks so good!! I make it with cream of chicken which is horrible for you. I should try a homemade version. And screw making your own crust, no time for that!

    Life as I know it

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  19. This looks and sounds delicious but I would have to modify it to make it gluten free!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  20. it's almost that time of year when i start to crave these! love your interpretation! much healthier :)

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