A satisfying yet healthier version of your traditional chicken pot pie with just as much flavor, yet no canned soup needed!
I have nothing against canned soup or gravy in a jar. I try to keep each of these items in my pantry at all times since they are so helpful when you’re pressed for time and many quick, simple recipes still contain these ingredients. With that said, I love being able to cook with less ingredients and feed my family as healthy as possible without spending much more time in the kitchen. Thus, the need for canned or jarred food at times.
I started making chicken pot pie when a generous friend dropped off one for my family shortly after E was born. Dan and I love it and I continued to make her recipe since then. Her version contained two jars of gravy but I wanted to change things up and make it a bit healthier without canned or jarred ingredients this time.
This recipe looks like a time-consuming endevour, but don’t be turned off by the number of ingredients. Trust me it’s rather quite quick to make.
And like I’ve said before, I often chop up several vegetables all at once to save time. I also like to cook several chicken breasts (or tenders) ahead of time, so basically whenever I have a few minutes while the kids occupy themselves.
I start with the pre-chopped vegetables (red skin potatoes, carrots and onions) and sauté them in a large skillet until slightly tender. Of course you can substitute any vegetables you like such as peas, corn, zucchini, etc. The possibilities are endless!
Next add the chicken broth and seasoning and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes until vegetables are tender (or crisp-tender depending on your preference). The next few steps are all to create the “gravy.” First add whole wheat flour slowly while stirring constantly. Next add the milk slowly while still stirring. And finally just mix in cooked, chopped chicken.
Now you’re all set to place the mixture into a pie crust. Feel free to use a homemade pie crust. I personally use the store-bought Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust since it saves time, although if anyone knows where I could buy a whole wheat refrigerated pie crust I’d be all for it!
Note the child-size portion below. I just served this last night and all three of my kids gobbled it up!
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