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05 Feb, 2013

Will they eat it: the Chicken Pot Pie edition

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

It’s been awhile since I wrote a “did they eat it” post, hasn’t it? This recipe is one that I’ve been thinking about the past few weeks.

“Remember that chicken pot pie thing I used to make? The one with the easy crust?” I’d ask myself.
“Yeah, it was really good,” I’d answer myself.
“Where on earth is that recipe?”

… and on it would go.

I finally found the recipe, handwritten on a sheet of white paper buried in a bunch of other recipes I haven’t organized. I don’t even know where it came from originally, but it’s just the kind of dinner you’d want to have on a cold winter night. It’s deceptively simple. This is probably the only recipe that’s in my personal catalogue that incorporates a can of soup. I know, call it snobby, but there it is.

The crust is the interesting part about this recipe for sure. I’m intimidated by the thought of making a traditional crust and I’m not likely to buy prepared pie crusts, so this is a great substitution. The sour cream creates a really sticky dough-like substance. When you make it for the first time you’ll be like, ohmygod, what IS THIS, but it will be OK. Trust me. Just scoop and drop, scoop and drop…  assuming you do what I do and put it on top of the pie as opposed to the bottom. (That sounds confusing, doesn’t it?) Do NOT cut out the sage. The sage totally makes it.

Here it is… it sure doesn’t look pretty, but trust me when I say that it’s darn tootin’ good.

Chicken Pot Pie

The question remains, did the kids eat it? I wish they did. Unfortunately they’ve never been the kind of kids who liked casseroles (anything with cooked vegetables is almost always doomed) and this was no exception. Mark and I practically licked the plates. Oh well. Maybe someday.

Click here for my Chicken Pot Pie Recipe in its entirety. Note that instead of peppers and mushrooms I used carrots, zucchini and some celery because those are the vegetables (I THOUGHT) my kids were more likely to eat. And let it be known that poaching chicken is just a fancy way of saying BOIL UNTIL COOKED.

Let me know if you try this recipe. I really hope you do, because it’s a great meal that comes together with little effort.


2 Responses to "Will they eat it: the Chicken Pot Pie edition"

1 | karen

February 5th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

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I just made chicken pot pie last week and my 14 year old daughter loved it. She does not normally like cooked vegtables but she at them in this. I did cut them on the smallish side though.

I used an Emeril Lagasse recipe I found online.

2 | Amy

February 6th, 2013 at 7:40 am

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I use a can of soup too, usually cream of mushroom. I often make it with leftovers from a roast, and I put a recipe of biscuit dough on top. My biscuit dough sounds similar to this in that I have to drop it by spoonfuls. The sage sounds tasty, I’ll have to try that.

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