Dinner in a Pinch: Chicken Pot Pie

Friday night dinner. There’s a mismatch of ingredients in my fridge and pantry since it’s the day before farmer’s market and my Saturday marketing. Pasta, frozen cod, broccoli, a small onion, dry beans, a handful of potatoes, an assortment of condiments and such. I was having a hard time coming up with a dish that used up what we had on hand when husband had an epiphany in the kitchen– what about chicken pot pie? Hm. We did have some frozen chicken breasts in the freezer, as well as a couple of carrots, potatoes and that onion. And I always have Jiffy pie crust mix in the pantry and chicken broth to make a gravy. Sounded too simple, but it’s in the oven and starting to smell really good, so husband’s idea might not be half bad. 🙂

Simple Chicken Pot Pie

2 boxes Jiffy pie crust mix

2 chicken breasts, cubed

4 small potatoes, cubed

3 small carrots, diced

1 small onion, diced

2 cups of chicken stock

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

1.) Mix up both boxes of the crust- I find that one box makes one crust (despite the recommendation on the back of the box that it makes two) and form into two discs and set in the fridge to chill.

2.) Cut your veggies. I like to leave the skins on– saves prep time and they contain a lot of good nutrients you don’t want to miss out on.

3.) Cube the chicken.

4.) To prepare the gravy, lightly brown the flour in the butter. Slowly whisk your chicken stock, whisking constantly until it starts to thicken up. Season with salt and pepper.

5.) Roll out both crusts and line the bottom of your pie plate with one. Heap in the veggies and chicken. Pour your gravy over the top, and lay the second crust on top. Seal the edges by pinching, and use a knife to cut a few vents in the top (if you want to dress up your pie you can use a small cookie cutter to cut a vent in the top crust just after you roll it out).

6.) Bake for 15 minutes at 450, then another 45 minutes to an hour at 350.

Serve hot– this is a great one dish meal. If you like, you can add thyme, rosemary or another herb to the gravy for more flavor. Or try another vegetable like parsnips.

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One thought on “Dinner in a Pinch: Chicken Pot Pie

  1. you know what would be good in your chicken pot pie? peas. I am aware you hate them… but it would be yummy 😉

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