Chicken pot pie is one of those simple, wholesome foods that I remember from my childhood. Like may of my generation, I thought all pot pies came in boxes that were plucked ripe off the vine in the valley of the jovial chartreuse midget. (Or something like that.) They were heated, served and devoured, usually two or three to a person and with gusto on cold, damp San Francisco Bay Area weekends when the fog rolled in over the vineyards and the wind touched little cheeks with fingers of ice.
They were heaven. We didn’t care that they came from a package, just that it meant laughter and a warm belly after venturing out in the chill. (Today the temperatures we called cold in the Sonoma valley seem kind of foolish, but as children that had never known a truly cold climate, 30 degrees was freezing!) My mother, my sister and I would stand in the kitchen, soaking up the warmth of the oven and a cup of cocoa (coffee in my mother’s case), just waiting for the golden brown treasures to be done. We’d all sit together and talk about whatever was on our respective minds at the time and share that most precious of bonds, Family.
I call these the cheater’s version of a chicken pot pie simply because the only real effort in making them was reheating some leftovers and finding a suitable pastry to cover a few of my large ramekins, but I think that my mother would have agreed that they were some of the best we’d ever eaten, if she could be her to share them with my family and I today.
Chicken Pot Pie Recipe, the Cheater's Version
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 25g
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
I’m really not sure. I wouldn’t have thought this combination would taste so much like the pot pies I remember from childhood (albeit a lot healthier). I do plan on making this again with turkey and beef, simply to round out the store choices. I also plan to make a few full pot pies with actual pie crust in the future, but I’ve got to tell you, this dish is nothing to sneeze at.
Links to other pot pie recipes:
- Chicken Pot Pie from Simply Recipes
- $12 dollar wines and chicken pot pie – SlashFood
- Sweet Potato Pot Pie from 101 Cookbooks
You are right, chicken pot pie brings back such good memories of warmth and I like your cheaters version :)
It’s simple to make and a great way to use up any leftover stew. Not to mention that I was getting kind of tired of turkey…
(I never thought I’d say that!!!)
I just made one with pastry dough. It’s one of those foods you can always enjoy no matter what.
I will have to try your cheaters version some time.
BTW, can I add you to my blogroll?
I’d be happy to have you add me to your blogroll! I’ll return the favor when I complete the redesign. until then adding anything would simply be counter productive, as I’d have to go back and do it all again when I ws done.
(I’m starting with a clean database, which will speed things up significantly)
The recipe looks great. I love chicken pot pie, although I ahve had to settle for store-bought since my grandmother died. Thanks for providing us busy working people with an alternative that I’m sure is tasty.
Which brand and variety of biscuit did you use to make the beautiful pie in the picture?
I believe that was just a generic store brand refrigerator biscuit in the picture. Just mash it, stretch it in place and egg was. et viola!