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The Best-Ever Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Brenda loves comfort food. Especially homemade comfort food like the recipe on this page.

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Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Is Comfort Food At Its Best

If you love chicken pot pie, you know that there is absolutely nothing as yummy or comforting as a fresh, homemade chicken pot pie. If you have only ever had the commercial versions, then you really have been missing a treat. I have been making this suppertime pie as a special occasion treat for twenty years and I can assure you that the recipe is neither easy nor quick. As a matter of fact, I am ordinarily pastry challenged but the final result of this recipe convinces me to persevere.

If you are looking for a recipe that results in the most amazing chicken pot pie you've ever eaten, then you should definitely try this one. If pastry is 'easy as pie' for you, then this recipe will not be a challenge. If pastry is not easy for you, the results will be worth the struggle.

The best-ever homemade chicken pot pie recipe is from one of my all-time favorite cookbooks from a series of books produced by Time-Life in their American Country series. It is called Country Cooking: Recipes for Traditional Country Fare. It features many of my favorite comfort food recipes and, although long since out of production, it is still readily available by clicking right here.

Time-Life called this recipe "chicken pot pie in a cheese crust." Now, won't you settle in to read this page and join me for a slice of chicken pot pie?

The Recipe - Serves 6 to 8 people.

PASTRY

1.5 cups flour

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tbsps parsley

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 stick (4 ounces) chilled butter cut into bits

3 to 4 tbsps ice water

FILLING

2 cups chicken broth (I use homemade but you can use canned)

1/4 pound small white onions (I use cut up regular-sized white onions)

2 cups peeled and diced yam or sweet potato

3/4 to 1 tsp crumbled sage

1/4 tsp pepper

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2 medium-sized carrots cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds

2 cups broccoli florets

1/2 cup diced celery

1/4 cup flour

4 tbsps butter at room temperature

3 cups cooked chicken cut into bite sized pieces

1 beaten egg

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pastry:In a large bowl combine the flour, Parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper. Cut in the butter until it looks like coarse meal; perhaps smaller than peas. Add the 3 tablespoons of water and work it in, adding up to another tablespoon of water until you form a dough that you can gather in a ball. Divide it in half, press it into a disc shape, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Filling:In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil and add the onions, yam, sage and pepper. Cook until the yam is just starting to get tender, about 5 minutes, then add the carrots, broccoli and celery and cook for another 5 minutes.In a small bowl, with your fingers, blend the flour with the butter. Increase the heat under the pot to high and pinch off pieces of the flour butter mix, dropping them into the pan and stirring to mix them in. Cook until the sauce has thickened a little bit, about 3 minutes and then remove from the heat and stir in the chicken.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  4. Roll half of the dough into a 12-inch circle which will fit into your 9-inch pie pan. Add the filling and then roll the other half of the dough into a 9-inch circle to place on top. Trim the overhang to about 1/2 an inch all the way around and then fold this extra pastry over the top crust, crimping to seal. Cut steam vents or use a pie bird to vent the pie. Brush the pie with the beaten egg.
  5. Bake the pie for 15 minutes and then lower the temperature to 325 degrees and bake a further 10 to 15 minutes until it is golden.

You Can Use A Glass, Ceramic, Metal or Cast Iron Pie Pan

I prefer my Pyrex glass 9 1/2 inch pie plate with handles, which is like the one shown here. It is from the 'Grip-Rite' series. The handles make taking pies out of the oven much easier. Pyrex has designed it with special attention to consumer comfort, convenience and ease of use.

Reviews of this pyrex pie dish include comments like she really likes the grips on this pie dish, that this dish lives up to the reputation of Pyrex and that it is not fancy but that that is rather irrelevant when you serve a homemade pie in one.

Shortcuts For Making Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Bake a roast chicken one day and save 3 cups of cooked chicken for this recipe. With the carcass of the roast chicken, make chicken broth the same night as you roasted it. Both the chicken and the broth can be frozen so that you can make the pie at a future date. Use canned broth or substitute if you are trying to speed up the process but beware of sodium. The entire pie can be made ahead and cooked from frozen when required.

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© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

Are you ready for a piece of chicken pot pie?

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 02, 2014:

@shellys-space: Me, too. I need to have one soon!

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on January 13, 2014:

Love chicken pot pies!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on January 05, 2014:

@smine27: Me, too!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on January 05, 2014:

@PromptWriter: Me, too. I'm hungry for chicken pot pie right now. I don't make it very often but I'll have to consider making one soon.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on January 05, 2014:

@Jogalog: I agree. I could have a piece right now.

KathyZ1 on October 25, 2013:

Delicious, will try it. Thanks for your sharing.

Jogalog on October 25, 2013:

I love chicken pie - It's real comfort food!

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on October 19, 2013:

I would love a piece. I miss my grandmother's pot pie.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on October 19, 2013:

Oh, I would love me some chicken pot pie right now.

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on October 15, 2013:

One of my favorites! Sounds yummy!

RoadMonkey on October 14, 2013:

I have cooked chicken and ham pie before but never chicken pot pie. It sounds tasty and I must try it.

yomikelaw on October 12, 2013:

So good!!Thank you got a great twist on a classic recipe!!

Stanley Green from Czech Republic on October 11, 2013:

Well...looks yummy. I think I'm ready to give it a try :) Following all your instructions it should be no problem to cook it :)

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on October 10, 2013:

Never met a chicken pot pie I didn't love.

Meganhere on October 10, 2013:

Yes please! Bring it!

gin001 on March 30, 2013:

Chicken pot pie is a favorite of mine. The recipe looks looks great. Thanks for sharing.

whats4dinner on March 21, 2013:

Chicken Pot Pie is indeed a comfort food. It is just delicious!

NickOct on March 14, 2013:

I don't make many pastry dishes as they always go wrong but now you've got me in the mood for trying again. Thanks and great lens.

Research_Analyst on March 14, 2013:

I love this Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe, it is one of those great comfort foods.

ChefWilliam on March 14, 2013:

I like your recipe, the only thing I would change is the chicken and replace it with turkey. Putting Parmesan cheese in the pastry will really make this pie something special. Nice lens

PinkstonePictures from Miami Beach, FL on March 14, 2013:

Really fancy chicken pot pie now :-) Thanks for a great lens

Vikk Simmons from Houston on March 14, 2013:

I love chicken pot pie. One of my favorite food groups. :) Great lens and I'm bookmarking it.

anonymous on March 14, 2013:

I found this lens because i was on a Squid Quest. It was the first lens on the lens to show up in the search results for "pie". I'm so glad. Because to me there's no such thing as a bad chicken pot pie. You can only make a good chicken pot pie better! I think the addition of parmesan to the pastry is genius! YUM! As Sandra Lee would say. :)

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on March 14, 2013:

I roasted a chicken a couple of days ago. I was going to make chicken noodle soup, but maybe I'll go the even-more-comfortable-comfort-food way and try your recipe. Off to add to my grocery list! (Happy pi day, by the way!)

AshleysCorner on March 14, 2013:

Yumm! I love chicken pot pie. Can't wait to try your recipe!

ohcaroline on March 14, 2013:

This is a very interesting chicken pot pie recipe. I will have to give it a try to taste test.

DebMartin on March 14, 2013:

I think I make a pretty darn good Chicken Pot Pie so I'm eager to try your Best Ever Chicken Pot Pie. Can't wait, in fact as it's one of my favorite foods. I'm not sure about the broccoli, I'm more of a traditional pea girl. But I LOVE your idea of a little Parmesan cheese in the crust. I'm all over that! Thanks, d

Susan Caplan McCarthy from Massachusetts, USA on March 14, 2013:

I wish I could make my husband love chicken pot pie as much as I do so I could make it for dinner more often!

anonymous on March 14, 2013:

One of my favorites. Sounds Yummy!

anonymous on March 14, 2013:

nice lens

anonymous on March 13, 2013:

pies are so fun

anonymous on March 13, 2013:

pies are so fun

emilysmaids on February 27, 2013:

Yummy!! It's been ages since I made the homemade kind. The microwave ones are like eating a beef jerky when you're in the mood for steak.

anonymous on February 22, 2013:

Great recipe! Sounds yummy in every way. Thanks for sharing. Need to order one of your pan reccomondations. Thanks!

MissKeenReviewer on February 21, 2013:

Always ready and craving to have one...love it!

Allison Whitehead on February 13, 2013:

Wonderful recipe (and lens) - blessed!

TheJewelryStore on February 13, 2013:

I love Chicken Pot pie! Your chicken pot pie recipe sounds delicious!

anonymous on January 10, 2013:

Returning to sprinkle a little fresh angel dust over this chicken pot pie delight...everyone is delighted except the chicken!

DeeHayes on October 31, 2012:

I'm hungry for chicken pot pie now! The recipe sounds great! Guess what's for dinner tonight!

eightieschild on October 20, 2012:

i love chicken pie, and the cheesy pastry gives this recipe the edge I think.

tfsherman lm on October 09, 2012:

I love chicken and turkey pot pie. I'm adding a link to your excellent site from my lens about roux. Thanks!

wecomparebooks on October 08, 2012:

Thank you for this recipe, it looks tasty!

dressygirlkouture on September 23, 2012:

awesome recipe, will have to try it! thanks :)

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on September 19, 2012:

You bet I'm ready! It's lunch time right now and I'm hungry and your lens made me even hungrier. Guess I'll have to settle for Swanson's though.TonyB

coolmon2009 lm on September 15, 2012:

With the fall weather here, I like to eat chicken pot pie, nice lens.

Ison on September 06, 2012:

Love to make chicken pot pie. Always double up the recipe for the filling so I can put some in the freezer. The dough doesn't take long, the filling is a bit more labor intensive.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on September 06, 2012:

Homemade chicken pot pie is absolutely delicious "comfort food", and your recipe looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing. Blessed!

Elizabeth Sheppard from Bowling Green, Kentucky on September 06, 2012:

Yes, I am totally ready for a piece of chicken pot pie. I love it!

lewisgirl on September 06, 2012:

Can't wait to try this. Great lens!

anonymous on September 04, 2012:

I just baked my very first one today with no recipe, just going on what I thought might be good... and it turned out pretty well, but I think I'll look at a recipe first next time!

Stacy Birch on September 04, 2012:

This looks great.

CottageHomestead on September 04, 2012:

Can't wait to try this!

pawpaw911 on August 29, 2012:

I love homemade chicken pot pie, but I hardly ever get to eat it.

Mandy Stradley from Riverton, Utah on June 12, 2012:

What a neat idea to put cheese in the crust! I will bookmark this to try later! Thank you!

eccles1 on June 10, 2012:

My God I miss potpies I never met one I didn't like a lot but now days I can't have anything with flour :( great job on the purple star

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on June 02, 2012:

@OhMe: Thanks for letting us know about KFC's chicken pot pie. I've seen them advertised and wondered if they were good. Sometimes easy is good.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on June 02, 2012:

My hubby loves Chicken Pot Pie and we recently discovered KFC's Chicken Pot Pie which we thought were very good. I have made it before but not this recipe so will have to try this one day. Sounds delicious.

Dickstucki1 on May 28, 2012:

Thanks for this! Great lens.

Rose Jones on May 22, 2012:

Hey! I just made a chicken pot pie lens! Mine was a lower-fat version for dad. It also was the 5 module challenge, which was hard. We will definitely have a bake-off sometime. BTW - I challenged you to a bake-off, but the button didn't work - so just know you're on. I had to bless this lens because it was so thorough and because this is the first time I ever saw pie birds. I would have got one for my mother for her blackberry pies - they always ran over.

Dickstucki1 on May 22, 2012:

Going to have some tonight...Thanks

IMKZRNU2 from Pacific Northwest on May 20, 2012:

You have made me hungry! I have to try this recipe now...thanks for sharing!

JoleneBelmain on May 17, 2012:

Chicken Pot Pie is so good, I tried making a homemade one earlier on this year and it turned out great... thanks for your recipe (I think the crust would be fabulous).

yayas on May 04, 2012:

This Homemade Chicken Pot Pie looks absolutely scrumptious. I've been looking for a good homemade chicken pot pie recipe. Thank you so much for sharing yours.I also appreciate your recent visit, Squid Like an' comment on 'The Purple Bench' page. Your support means so much to me. Thank you.

biminibahamas on April 15, 2012:

I love this lens, think I'll go put together a pot pie right now!

anonymous on April 07, 2012: