It’s Fall, and I could not be more excited! So, when I was approached to enter a blogger recipe challenge for Wick’s Pies, I knew I was going to recreate my homemade Chicken and Broccoli Pot Pie recipe using Wick’s Pies’ 9″ Dough Circles! See, growing up chicken pot pies were a treat. Even though our Mom cooked for us almost every single day, every so often, she would let us pick out a frozen pot pie at the grocery store. One day, I picked a new brand and was so upset that there was not a bottom crust. Who would do that? I made sure that every single centimeter of this Creamy Chicken Broccoli Pie was covered in Wick’s Pies’ flaky, and buttery crust!
Chicken Pot Pie is classic comfort food perfect as a cold weather meal. If you have yet to try a homemade savory pie, you really should. Be sure to check out the video tutorial in the recipe. You will be amazed just how easy it is transform a traditional recipe into one with more of a modern twist using rotisserie chicken and frozen pie crust.
Wick’s Pies was started in the mid-1940’s by Duane “Wick” Wickersham. They were, and are still, well-known for their Sugar Cream Pies. It’s a family-owned and operated business that employees over 70 people. Staying true to their values of making high-quality products with exceptional customer service, Wick’s has grown the business to wholesalers and online customers.
If you are ever in, or near Winchester, Indiana be sure to stop by Mrs. Wick’s Restaurant to taste a few of their amazing pies, or take a few home!
HOMEMADE CREAMY CHICKEN BROCCOLI PIE
There is nothing better on a chilly evening than curling up to Homemade Chicken Pot Pie. Preparing this classic dish at home is so much better than frozen or store-bought. The center of this savory pot pie is so creamy and that flaky crust, so satisfying.
Pot Pies are a great way to use leftovers. For ease of this recipe, rotisserie chicken saved me a lot of time. Also, think about Turkey Pot Pies using leftovers from that Thanksgiving dinner.
What I love most about Pot Pies is that you can adjust the filling to your liking. Hence, the reason I used some of my favorite ingredients. This Chicken Broccoli Pot Pie is so versatile.
WHAT IS A POT PIE
Chicken Pot Pie is probably the most popular type of pot pies. Although most traditional Chicken Pot Pies contain potatoes, celery, carrots, onions and/or peas, modern versions can vary significantly in both ingredients, and preparation.
Take note, in the recipe I only use celery as flavoring. Feel free to dice up and add to the filling!
Pot pies are meant to be loaded with vegetables and protein. However, you can easily make a vegetarian pot pie by omitting the meat, adding more vegetables and substituting with vegetable stock.
In addition, try making a Pot Pie using the following:
- turkey, ham, or beef
Rotisserie Chicken for Pot Pies
As a timesaver, go ahead and grab a few rotisserie chickens from your local market. Dice the breast meat and use in this fabulous recipe for Creamy Chicken Broccoli Pie. As an alternative, poach two chicken breasts in chicken stock for about 12 to 15 minutes. Save the stock to form the rich gravy.
DOES THE SIZE OF THE POT PIE MATTER?
Did you notice those cute individual pie dishes? They were the perfect size to enjoy this Homemade Chicken Pot Pie as an individual serving. However, using a more traditional pie plate (9″), or even a cast iron pan will also work. Honestly, I love having my own little pie to enjoy!
TIPS ON MAKING THE BEST BROCCOLI CHICKEN POT PIE
Here are a few tips to make this recipe for my Broccoli Chicken Pot Pie come out quick, easy and delicious for you:
- cut broccoli into tiny pieces
- use rotisserie chicken
- use pre-made pie crust from Wick’s Pies
- let the flavors develop in the pot for at least 10 minutes prior to adding the heavy whipping cream
- melt the cheese slowly
- taste for salt along the cooking process
- if at any point, the mixture is too thick, add a touch more stock or whipping cream
FAQ – POT PIE
Can homemade pot pies be frozen?
Absolutely! Allow the saucy filling to cool down. Form the pie crust on the bottom of the pie dish (I would use aluminum pie pans for freezing). Fill. Add the top layer of crust. Pinch the edges to seal. Cover tightly with foil and plastic wrap. Place in freezer bags. Freeze up to three months.
Remove from the freezer about 20 minutes prior to baking. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. Increase the heat to 425° and bake for another 30 minutes.
How do I know the pot pie has baked long enough?
When the filling is bubbling from the center, this is a pretty good indicator that the Pot Pie is done. Keep in mind, the filling is already fully-cooked.
If you choose not to have a pie crust base, bake time will decrease to about 20 minutes.
If the pot pie is browning too much around the edges, use a pie shield or gently place tin foil over the edges.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH CREAMY CHICKEN BROCCOLI PIE
Pot Pies are a hearty dish, full of protein and vegetables. Serve alone as a main dish, or pair with:
- side salad
- mashed potatoes (if potatoes are not part of the filling)
- roasted vegetables
- apple sauce or baked apples
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