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Everybody will fall in love with this easy Chicken Pot Pie!! With a creamy chicken and vegetable filling lightly infused with herbs, this Chicken Pot Pie made with puff pastry lids can be served in individual pots or made as one big pie.

This Chicken Pot Pie recipe is made by poaching uncooked chicken in stock and milk which is then used as the broth for the creamy filling. Or speed things up by using cooked chicken!

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie was a staple in my 20’s. When I was an ambitious lass in the corporate world juggling university in the evenings, Chicken Pot Pie was a handy one-dish freezer-friendly meal that I could cram loads of extra veggies into.

So while fellow uni students were living on instant ramen and cheap sausages, I was making Chicken Pot Pie.

How very homely of me…. Some might even say daggy! ????

THIS IS HOW I MAKE CHICKEN POT PIE

There’s no definitive way to make Chicken Pot Pie. While some choose to make it like a traditional pie with a pastry base and shortcrust topping in a pie dish, I have always – and will always – make Chicken Pot Pies in POTS with puff pastry lids.

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Let me emphasise that in case you missed it – I make Chicken POT Pie in POTS. ????

Truthfully though, the way I make it has nothing to do with the name. I make it in pots because it’s quicker and easier, and I love draping the pots generously with puff pastry so that the golden flaky lid is fitted tightly on top and around the pots, rather than just a round piece floating on top.

There’s nothing really ground breaking in this Chicken Pot Pie recipe, but there are two little things I do that is a bit different to the usual:

- Poach chicken and use poaching liquid to make the creamy filling. Most recipes bake the chicken. I prefer poaching so I can use the poaching liquid which becomes infused with extra flavour from the chicken; and

- Parmesan in the creamy filling. Not for parmesan or cheesy flavour, for seasoning. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I use parmesan cheese regularly in recipes. It’s because it adds salt as well as umami to recipes, just giving dishes an extra something-something that makes it so good!

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TIPS FOR MAKING CHICKEN POT PIE

This is a pretty straight forward recipe, especially when made you make individual Chicken Pot Pies like I’ve done. I only have 2 tips to ensure you nail The Pot every single time:

- Thicken filling to desired consistency before putting it in the pots. The sauce won’t thicken at all once the lid is on. So keep cooking until the sauce is a nice creamy consistency and not watery. Nobody likes a watery pie filling!

- Cool filling before topping with puff pastry. Hot filling = melts butter in pastry that creates layers = less puff.

That moment with it comes out of the oven, all golden and puffed up, and you know that under that buttery lid the creamy filling is bubbling away with the tender chicken and the vegetables and it just smells so amazing…

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….and THEN you crack through that almost impossibly flaky crispy puff pastry to reveal the piping hot creamy filling, and you blow furiously on it, trying to cool it down as quickly as you can so you can shovel a huge spoonful in your mouth without giving yourself 2nd degree burns….

I shouldn’t even joke about that. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve burned my mouth with Chicken Pot Pie. ???? – Nagi x

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Recipe video above. Everybody's favourite Chicken Pot Pie! A creamy chicken and vegetable filling with a hint of thyme, topped with puff pastry. The smell when this is baking is SO GOOD! Makes 4 large, 6 medium or 1 large pie. Brilliant freezer standby meal.

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- 2 cups / 500 ml milk , any fat %

- 2 tsp chicken or vegetable stock powder

- 1/2 cup / 50 g grated parmesan

- 1 cup frozen peas , no need to thaw

- Place milk, broth and stock powder in a large saucepan. Bring to a very gentle simmer over medium heat, add chicken and thyme.

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- Place lid on, simmer gently on medium low for 15 minutes .

- Remove chicken, shred or dice . Cover pot and set poaching liquid aside.

- Melt butter in a large pot over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 2 minutes. Add thyme, carrot and celery, cook for 3 minutes or until carrot is softened.

- Add wine. Stir, scraping the bottom of the pot, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes or until wine is mostly evaporated.

- Add flour and stir for 1 minute.

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- Add about half the reserved poaching liquid and stir until all flour is incorporated - it will be a thick sludge.

- Add remaining milk broth, parmesan, pepper. Stir.

- Once mixture is heated , cook for 3 minutes to thicken the sauce, stirring regularly.

- Remove from heat. Spoon into oven proof pots - 4 large or 6 small . Cool in fridge at least 30 minutes.

- Meanwhile, remove puff pastry from freezer to partially thaw. Then use a bowl as a guide to cut rounds from the pastry about 2.5cm / 1" wider than the pots - be generous!

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- Brush edge of pots with egg. Top with puff pastry, folding down the edges.

- Brush pastry with egg. Cut a 2cm / 2/3" slide in the middle with a small knife.

- Bake 35 - 40 minutes until deep golden.

1. Cream option - if you'd like to make it even richer, reduce milk by up to 3/4 cup and swap for cream. But DO NOT ADD when poaching chicken, stir it in when the poaching liquid is added into the pot after adding flour.

2. Stock powder - I like Vegeta which is a vegetable stock powder. Or use 2 x chicken bouillon cubes, crumbled.

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3. Sauce thickness - whatever the sauce thickness at this stage is what it will be when the pies comes out of the oven.

4. Pot Sizes - Use 4 large about 2 cups / 500 ml / 16 oz capacity OR 5 to 6 smaller ones about 375ml / 1.5 cups / 12 - 13 oz . Or one large pie dish / skillet - 8 cups / 2 L / 2 quarts.

5. Cool Filling - hot filling will melt the butter in the puff pastry dough, resulting in less puffing. As long as the surface of the pie filling is cool, that's good enough.

6. Pie Base - A number of readers have asked how to make this using puff pastry as a pie base. Here's how: Spray pots with oil or grease with butter. Line pots with puff pastry with excess to drape over the edge, then place in oven at 180C/350F. After 10 minutes or whenever the partially cooked base starts to puff up, just push it back down. Repeat once more or as required to stop the puffing . Then once the pastry is golden, remove from oven and let cool. Fill with COOLED filling. Brush egg across the pastry rim then top with puff pastry lid. Bake per recipe, turn out of pots.

7. STORAGE: To freeze or refrigerate uncooked, cool filling completely. Then top with pastry, egg wash, cut slit. Freeze 3 months or refrigerate up to 2 days. Thaw overnight then bake per recipe. Note: Thawed then refrozen puff pastry as well as thawed then refrigerated puff pastry does not puff up quite as much but the difference isn't significant.

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Cooked Chicken Pot Pies will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Best reheated in the oven covered in foil so the pastry can crisp up slightly, 20 minutes at 180C/350F.

Calories 588 Calories from Fat 234

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Calories: 588kcalCarbohydrates: 36g Protein: 47g Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 144mg Sodium: 1191mg Potassium: 1152mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 12gVitamin A: 124.9%Vitamin C: 27.1%Calcium: 34.4%Iron: 16.2%

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I’d never made a pie before and was searching the internet for a delicious looking, easy to follow recipe. This recipe ticked all the boxes! So easy to follow, all the tips and notes were very helpful. Instead of celery I used leek and mushrooms. I also made it as one big pie. The pie turned out perfectly, pastry and filling were delicious! Will absolutely be making this again!

Delicious! Made this tonight and whole family loved it. I added some button mushrooms that were languishing in the fridge but other than that no other changes. It took me a little longer than I would normally have time for mid week but I’m on holidays so went for it. It’s actually our 3rd Nagi recipe in a row so that tells you everything.

just love it !!!!!!Thank you Nagi Your recipes always work and always are winners!!!!!

You’re welcome Martha!!! — Nx

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This recipe is a winner!! I made this 2x as my husband & kids loved, loved, loved this. The only thing I changed was to add mushrooms and omit peas as we don’t like peas ???? Thank you Nagi for another great recipe!!!

Loved it the best I have ever had

The BEST chicken pot pie I have ever had – the wine and Parm are spectacular and distinctive additions! I recently found your site and have discovered a bunch of meals that I need to make. If only you could spell FLAVOR properly. ;^)

Hi Tom, I’m so glad you loved the flavour of these pies!! ????

Oh, I can tell this is a winner even before I make it. This will be on my table this week for sure!

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Made this for dinner tonight- four individual bowls typically used for French Onion Soup. The size was perfect. I topped them with Pillsbury Crescent Roll Dough to save some calories and fat. The crust was OK, but I’m sure nowhere near as good as the puff pastry. The pie filling, however, was excellent. It’s definitely a keeper! I’ve tried several chicken pot pie recipes over the years and none of them come close to this one! So glad I found your site! Thanks Nagi!

Excellent. RecipeTin is my goto.

Hi Nagi. I want to cook this recipe as I have leftover chicken from your ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’. . To cook pies from step 4 as you have already commented is fine but, Step 8 requires half on the poaching liquid. What do we use instead? Thank you my sweet.

Hi Christine, You need half the poaching liquid – so use 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup stock and 1 tsp vegeta ☺️

I have leftover cooked chicken I want to use. Do I still need to let it simmer for 15 minutes? Is it necessary to thicken the broth? How do I proceed with chicken that is already cooked?

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Hi Mimi, if your chicken is already cooked, start from step 4 and proceed – I hope you love it!

Bill Marvos Arroyo Grande CAL says

Wow. This recipe knocked it out of the park. Normally I never change or vary a recipe for the first time. I did not check pantry in advance and when I looked for the puff pastry it was noware to be found. So I opted to make savory dumplings. You really recipe made those dumplings shine

Oh great idea Bill, I’ll have to give it a go! Thanks for the feedback!

This was absolutely delicious! I made it exactly as written, except I had to substitute tarragon for the thyme in the filling because that was what I had. Hubby loved it, so this is definitely going in the “make again” file. Thank you!

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Hello, this sounds DELICIOUS, I was just wondering if the white wine is optional what else can you replace it with?

Hi Ann, Just substitute with chicken broth. N x

Almost like my mom’s but poaching the chicken and that made it even better. We like mini biscuits of top of ours. Excellent!

7. STORAGE: To freeze or refrigerate uncooked, cool filling completely. Then top with pastry, egg wash, cut slit. Freeze 3 months or refrigerate up to 2 days. Thaw overnight then bake per recipe. Note: Thawed then refrozen puff pastry as well as thawed then refrigerated puff pastry does not puff up quite as much but the difference isn’t significant.

Cooked Chicken Pot Pies will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Best reheated in the oven covered in foil so the pastry can crisp up slightly, 20 minutes at 180C/350F.

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My problem with freezing and cooking is that the gravy is always thick and pasty rather that smooth and flowing. Any suggestions?

Also and idea… If you freeze the contents of the pie, and put the pastry on just before cooking, you get a nice is great.

Hi Charlie – have you tried it with my recipe? I have honestly never had that problem. The filling bubbles away when it cooks so it’s essentially remixing itself under the pastry. But yes, the alternative would be to freeze the filling, thaw then give it a good mix, then top with pastry and cook! N x

I haven’t yet but I’m going too!

Thanks Nagi, you’re the best!

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Just made this tonight and it is divine. I am obsessed with your page and recipes. There has not been one I’ve tried that have not been amazing. Please don’t ever stop cooking!!! Thank you so much for posting your delicious creations! Xoxoxox did not change a single thing to the recipe besides I used chicken tender strips because my grocery store only had 2 lb chicken breasts and my freezer is too full to add to it.

I can’t remember if I reviewed this or not. But I don’t care… It’s worth reviewing again! OMG, this was so good. I was a little skeptical about adding the white wine but wow… It really gave it that distinction. So good!

I used puff pastry on the bottom and the top in a 9 inch round baking dish. I used vegetable stock cubes, dried thyme, and almond milk in place of milk. This came out absolutely beautiful. The taste was divine. Great comfort food!

My only question is… I had some leftover filling and decided to make a second pie and freeze it. But I wasn’t sure if I should bake the bottom puff pastry/crust for 10 minutes before filling it up . I wasn’t sure what “freezing” would do to an already cooked puff pastry. So, I opted not to and decided I would cook it through when I was ready to defrost and bake it .

Thanks again for a timeless classic ????

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That’s great to hear Cynthia!! It would have been better to bake the base before filling and freezing with top lid uncooked but it will still be fine ???? Just cook it through until the top is very very deep golden N x

Nagi you have the best recipes and cooking tips online hands down. I almost never comment on recipe sites but I feel I owe you a huge thank you for education me and making me look good with my cooking which is often inspired by you. What I love is how you teach us little facts about what flavors you are trying to achieve by mixing simple ingredients. You always have a simple easy to follow recipe even for what seems to be a complex dish, and the results are always always amazing. Scrolling through Facebook stops when I see your posts. You’re also so down to earth and funny with fun did stories and pictures. Thank you thank you thank you.

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Chicken Pot Pie

Everybody will fall in love with this easy Chicken Pot Pie!! With a creamy chicken and vegetable filling lightly infused with herbs, this Chicken Pot Pie made with puff pastry lids can be served in individual pots or made as one big pie.

This Chicken Pot Pie recipe is made by poaching uncooked chicken in stock and milk which is then used as the broth for the creamy filling. Or speed things up by using cooked chicken!

Chicken Pot Pie was a staple in my 20’s. When I was an ambitious lass in the corporate world juggling university in the evenings, Chicken Pot Pie was a handy one-dish freezer-friendly meal that I could cram loads of extra veggies into.

So while fellow uni students were living on instant ramen and cheap sausages, I was making Chicken Pot Pie.

How very homely of me…. Some might even say daggy! ????

Chicken Pot Pie

THIS IS HOW I MAKE CHICKEN POT PIE

There’s no definitive way to make Chicken Pot Pie. While some choose to make it like a traditional pie with a pastry base and shortcrust topping in a pie dish, I have always – and will always – make Chicken Pot Pies in POTS with puff pastry lids.

Let me emphasise that in case you missed it – I make Chicken POT Pie in POTS. ????

Truthfully though, the way I make it has nothing to do with the name. I make it in pots because it’s quicker and easier, and I love draping the pots generously with puff pastry so that the golden flaky lid is fitted tightly on top and around the pots, rather than just a round piece floating on top.

There’s nothing really ground breaking in this Chicken Pot Pie recipe, but there are two little things I do that is a bit different to the usual:

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