Can we chat for a second? Something has been on my mind. It’s just one of those things that when you hear it, you go… “huh?
“I don’t know if you’ve heard but evidently some “genius” set the doomsday clock wrong! WHAT?!!!
Excuse me!!! I’m thinking if you have ONE job, just ONE job… and THAT job is to set the “doomsday” clock… you might wanna get right? Just sayin’! If we are moving the time UP cause he had it wrong… it makes perfect sense why people have been saying for years…”You’re gonna be late for your own funeral”! Well…DUH…someone set the clock wrong!!! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I want a good seat, my bucket of buttered popcorn, and my milk duds for this show! I certainly don’t want to be late for it!
I don’t put a lot of stock into an actual “Dooms Day” clock. I mean the world was going to end in 2000 too! I’m not sure how it played out for you, but personally, it was very anti-climatic for me! However, Saturday, when I returned home from the movies with my daughter and found that “Mars” had spent 3 hours doing housework… and was smiling about it…I started popping popcorn and looking for my milk duds! (Wink…lol)
Talk about scary! Whew!
Okay… back to the main event today at Norine’s Nest! Perfect Country Chicken Pot Pie!
I know bloggers throw words around like, “Yummy and Comfort food”… a lot! We actually do have larger vocabularies than that. (Well…on good days we do!) However, in our defense, I do believe there are some classic comfort foods! For example: Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken Noodle Soup, Pot Roast, Mashed potatoes, and Apple Pie, just to name a few. I think you would agree. Right?
If I were making an actual list I would have to add Chicken Pot Pie! It’s just a wonderful, classic, comfort food. Chicken Pot Pies have been around since the Roman Empire! I bet you didn’t know that. (I’m here all week folks! lol) Meat pies were served at banquets and sometimes even had “live” birds under the crust. I think we will stick with the cooked version! (I’m already on the bad side of chickens…I don’t need to go shoving live ones in pies!)
I’m sure you’ve seen hundreds of recipes for Chicken Pot pie. I know I have. Something was always a bit off for me. I wanted a pie stuffed…I mean jam-packed with the good stuff! So, I came up with this version about 5 years ago, and it really is one of the BEST! It’s also super easy to make. My husband absolutely LOVES this chicken pot pie recipe. I know the man cubs in your house will love it too. Let’s get started. (Be sure to read through this post as I’m going to share some time-saving tips and alternatives you can use to recreate this delicious dinner dish.)
Begin with 4 cups of cut up chicken. I boiled two boneless, skinless chicken breast and two boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
TIP: You can just use rotisserie chicken that you have diced up. I think the extra flavoring and seasoning will just add to the overall flavor of this dish.
In a small skillet saute in 2 tablespoons of butter 3/4 cup diced celery, and 1/2 cup diced onion, until translucent.
Dice two cold baked potatoes into bite size pieces. You can peel them or leave the skin on. As you can see, I left the skins on.
Tip: I always bake 2-3 more potatoes than I need when making baked potatoes for a meal. Then I store them in my refrigerator until I need them for fried potatoes or a recipe like this. You can also use 2 cups of frozen diced country potatoes.
Add in 3 cups of frozen mixed vegetables. They do not need to be thawed. In fact it’s better if they have not been thawed. The extra moisture is perfect in this filling.
Next add in your spices. 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp coarse black pepper, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1/2 tsp. garlic salt, 1/4 tsp dried ground sage, and 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley.
Add one can cream of chicken soup and one jar of Heinz Chicken Gravy 18 oz. value size.
Mix that all together till combined. (It looks amazing already and we haven’t even gotten to that flaky crust!)
What I love about making your own chicken pot pie is that it is loaded with chicken and fresh ingredients. There’s a whole lot of flavor packed into that meaty filling!
Next you want to make a double pie crust. You can make my traditional pie crust which you can find right HERE!
TIP: You can also buy the Pillsbury pre-made pie crust. Which ever is easiest for you.
Place your bottom crust into a deep 9 inch pie plate. It doesn’t need to be perfect. No one is going to see the bottom. (You’ll notice mine wasn’t perfect.) Just be sure that pie dish is deep. We are going to stuff this pie with all that yumminess!
Pour your meat and vegetable filling into your crust lined pie plate. Spread it out evenly with a slightly higher mound in the center.
Roll out your top crust and lay it gently over the top of the meat filling. Trim your edges around the outside edge of the pie plate. Fold the crust edge under all the way around, and then flute with your fingers. Using a sharp knife cut a few “vents” into the top of your crust.
In a small bowl whip up one raw egg and 2 tsp. water. Using a pastry brush, brush top of pie with egg wash.
Place on a foil lined baking sheet. Pop into a 325° oven and bake for 45-55 minutes until crust is golden and filling is bubbling.
TIP: If your crust is getting too brown place a foil tent over the top and continue to bake until it is bubbling. You will see the gravy peeking up through the vent holes. (It’s just saying “Whew! It’s hot in here? Did someone move the time up on the doomsday clock? lol)
The egg wash will make your crust look as golden and deliciously flaky as the one below. Isn’t it beautiful! When done remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
What about the inside? Does it look just as delicious? (wink)
I don’t know what you think…but I think it looks AMAZING! Sorry Marie. We are kickin’ ya to the curb for our version of homemade pot pie!
I mean this is pure comfort food! The crust is flaky and melts in your mouth. The filling is a flavor explosion party for your mouth! The spices blend perfectly with the moist chicken, mixed veggies, and potatoes. The cream soup and gravy combine to make the most delicious mouth-watering cream sauce. Honestly, and I say this very humbly, I don’t think you’re going to find a better Chicken pot pie recipe out there!
This is a large family size recipe. You could cut it in half and use a smaller pie dish for a smaller family.
This reheats beautifully! Mars has been eating it for a few days now and hasn’t gotten tired of it. Keeps raving about how great my Chicken Pot Pie is! Take that Colonel Sanders! lol (Anybody else think the new Colonel is creepy? Yikes! lol)
I serve mine with a big tossed green salad, and a side of my buttery sweet corn bread!
The perfect dinner for your family this winter! Chicken Pot Pie is like a mini Thanksgiving meal inside a crust! Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving dinner?
This recipe is easy to throw together. I know it may seem like a lot of work, seriously though it took me about 30 minutes, including making the crust, to get it into the oven. Remember my tips and you can have it made and baking in no time at all. You can make it in the morning and wait to bake it till dinner time. Whatever works best with your time schedule.
Find a fork! It’s dinner time!
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Happy Monday! I have a fantastic week planned and a NEW segment coming that I’m SUPER excited about! I’d LOVE to have you join me!
Hugs and Love from My Nest to Yours!