Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

After a two week holiday in warm and sunny Florida, my husband and I returned to our home in New Hampshire where we were greeted with 30 inches of snow on the ground. When temperatures are below freezing and it is snowing outside, who wouldn’t like A Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie. Moist, tender chicken and colorful vegetables are mixed in a creamy, flavorful sauce and served with a flakey herbed pastry alongside for a comforting meal. This warm and satisfying dish will make you forget about the nasty weather just outside your door.

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

Upon returning home from a vacation, my cupboards can be pretty bare. Add a snowy day to the situation and I need to prepare a meal from ingredients that I have on hand in my refrigerator, freezer and pantry. For this delicious chicken pot pie, I poached boneless, skinless chicken thighs that I had in my freezer in a flavorful broth made from fat-free canned chicken stock and herbs from the windowsill. I used pearl onions and tiny green peas from my freezer, carrots and a couple of potatoes from my vegetable baskets stored in my root cellar in the basement. For the savory pie crust wedges that complete the dish, I used pie crust dough that I had in the freezer.

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

Recipe serves 2 generously, adjust accordingly

Savory Pie Crust Wedges 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

  • a single pie crust, your favorite recipe or a ready-made refrigerated crust
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt flakes or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper

Roll the pie dough between plastic wrap until it is 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle the dough with herbs, sea salt, and pepper and roll until 1/8 inch thick. Place on a baking sheet and brush with a little cream, if desired. Cut the crust into wedges with a pastry cutter and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown, then cool on a rack. Can be made ahead of time.

Filling

Poaching liquid made with 2 c. chicken broth, 1 bay leaf, a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme and parsley, 2 cloves garlic, smashed, and 1/2 c. white wine and water, if needed.

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (2 8 oz. boneless chicken breasts, may be used)
  • 1/4 c. cream
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour (I use Wondra)
  • 2 small carrots, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 small yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 c. frozen pearl onions
  • 1/2 c. frozen baby peas
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Put the ingredients for the poaching liquid into a small pan that will hold the chicken in a single layer, then add the chicken thighs. Add water, if necessary, so that the chicken is covered by one inch of liquid. Bring to a simmer over low heat, simmer the chicken uncovered for 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes until the chicken is opaque throughout. Cut a piece in half and if pink inside, return to heat and simmer for 2 additional minutes. Let chicken cool in broth. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove from the broth, cut into bite size pieces and set aside in a bowl.

Add the carrots, potatoes and pearl onions to the broth and cook until barely tender. Strain the broth into a bowl, adding the vegetables to the bowl with the chicken.

Heat the butter in a pan and then add the flour. Whisk until blended and cook for about 2 minutes until you have a blonde roux. Slowly pour in the reserved broth, whisking until smooth and simmer until thickened. Add the chicken, vegetables, frozen peas, cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Gently stir until everything is heated through. If the sauce becomes too thick, thin with a little milk or cream.  Ladle into bowls and serve with the savory pie crust wedges.

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The deconstructed chicken pot pie is very different from the store-bought frozen chicken pot pies that you might have grown up eating. My husband and I both love the fact that the savory pie crust wedges stay crisp and flakey by being baked separately and served on top. Of course, you could put the filling into a casserole dish, top with the savory pie crust  and bake in the oven until the crust is golden.

This warming and savory pot pie is a complete meal in a bowl.  The dish is pure comfort food that made us forget about the cold and snow for a little while. Now if only the temperatures would warm up enough to melt all the snow on the ground…that would be really comforting.

Over Thirty Inches Of Snow On The Ground

Over Thirty Inches Of Snow On The Ground At Our New Hampshire Home

I would love to know what your favorite comfort dish is that makes you forget about the miserable weather outside your door in the winter.

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237 Responses to Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

  1. reggiorif says:

    Veggies, chicken, cream and a crust… this talks directly to my heart ;) – looks delicious!

  2. A_Boleyn says:

    Beautiful chicken dish and I’d like a second one of those pastry wedges, please. :)

  3. Mad Dog says:

    There could be some commercial advantages in selling chicken pie takeaway in that form. The filling could go in a cup and the crust in the other hand – no mess!
    I’m sure it’s very comforting and the pastry looks especially delicious ;-)

  4. Looks delicious, and on days we know we are going to be plowing a couple of times, we put on a big pot of chili. Last night I woke up when the snow came off one side of our barn and hit the ground with quite a boom. This past weekend sure left us all more anxious for spring, but according to the forecast I don’t think winter is quite done with us yet. :-)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Judy, for your nice compliment. I’m with you, chili is another one of my favorite winter dishes. The piles of snow from plowing are so big, I don’t know where we will put it if we get too much more. I eagerly awaiting spring with all my friends. :)

  5. Norma Chang says:

    Welcome back, Karen. Soup, any kind of soup, is my comfort food for this kind of weather. Love your idea of baking the crust separately. It is frigid again, wish I could have your pot pie right now, yes for breakfast, it would warm me inside and out.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Norma, it is nice to be home even though it is cold. I’m with you about the chicken pot pie warming you up nicely. Soups are great too, I’m going to be making one this week.

  6. That sounds luscious! Although you have 30″ of snow it looks like something out of Currier & Ives!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Elizabeth, I think this is a delicious meal too. I always say the same thing about our home looking like a Currier & Ives print in the winter. The sun is out this morning and it is even prettier.

  7. Karen, if your recipe for the Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie does not catch one´s attention, your bright, yellow serving plates certainly will. As the weather in your parts is still wintery, your lovely dishes bring a much needed splash of color to the table. The recipe sound delighful, seasonal and like pure comfort food!
    Hope you had a wonderful time in Florida – no snow at all this year around here, none, the spring flowers are blossoming and the sun is shining today.
    One of our favorite comfort foods is “Gulasch”.
    All the best from Bonn – Andrea

    • Karen says:

      Hi Andrea, We did have a nice time in Florida, thank you. You really have had a mild winter this year. I agree with you, I enjoy ordering gulaschsuppe when we are in Germany during the cold weather. I got the dishes at a charity silent auction. They are from France and I love using them…as you say, they can brighten your day.

  8. Penny says:

    Looks delicious Karen. I have made a similar pot pie. I love making the pastry separately.

  9. Wow, that’s quite a change from Florida! Your deconstructed pie would suit me just fine!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maureen, It takes awhile to get used to being back in the snow and cold after the warm weather we had the two weeks we were in Florida. I do like the deconstructed version of this savory pie, I’m glad you do as well. Thank you!

  10. Bishop says:

    Great recipe = I like that idea of baking the crust in crisp little wedges.
    I am so sorry about the 30″ of snow…..tee, hee. I have half a dozen tomatoes plants in the ground outside and doing well. I am picking a few strawberries and the sugar snap peas are blossoming. My fingers are crossed that we do not have another freeze.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bishop, I don’t like the soggy crust you get sometimes on pot pies and these little wedges are the answer to that problem. Good luck with your garden this year. I’ll be starting my seed in a couple of weeks IF I can get into my potting shed for my supplies. Did you see the pile of snow in front of it, it is taller than I am. :(

  11. Yummy indeed! Welcome back to home and hearth! Spring will follow! ;-)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Diane, for your compliment and nice wish. Spring can’t come too early this year as far as I’m concerned. We have a bitter cold week ahead of us which I don’t mind, I just don’t want anymore snow.

  12. My comfort food in winter? Parisian Hot Chocolate with handmade marshmallows! Made some yesterday!

  13. Conor Bofin says:

    Lovely dish Karen, beautifully photographed too. I trust that the weather will improve for you. We are beginning to get some signs of Spring here in Ireland.

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your kind words, Conor. I’m glad you like my version of chicken pie. Ireland has to be beautiful in spring. I can’t tell you how happy I’ll be when the snow melts and the first spring blossom opens. :)

  14. 30 inches is a lot of snow Karen. Good grief. And I’m loving this deconstructed version of pot pie. It’s such a wonderful dish and I’ll make it more often using this easier and less carby version. Thanks for sharing the idea. C’mon Spring. ;)

    • Karen says:

      Good grief is right, Lea Ann. We had four snowstorms in the two weeks we were gone and all I kept saying when we got home was, “I can’t believe how much snow is on the ground”. This is definitely an easy way to make a pot pie…I’m glad you like the idea.

  15. Monique says:

    Looks like here karen..:)
    Soon it will be in the past..Interesting the pie crust wedges..
    Always lovely to come home isn’t it?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Monique, I’m glad you like the pie crust wedges…thank you. I’m looking forward to the snow melting, as I’m sure you are. You are right, as much as we enjoy getting out of the cold and snow to visit with family, it is always nice getting back home. Eating a home cooked meal is nice after eating out every night and nothing feels as good as your own bed. :)

  16. Karen Harris says:

    It must have been a real jolt to have landed to that much snow, but I guess two weeks in paradise would leave you fortified and ready for anything. What a wonderful meal to warm you up.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, It was a lot of snow to come home to for sure. You are right, the break during the snowiest month to enjoy some warmth gives you a new attitude about the winter. After all, how much longer can it last. Don’t you like my new attitude. :) This is a nice meal to have on a cold night, I’m glad you like it.

  17. Ruth says:

    Wow! That’s a lot of snow to come home to! I just got back from Hilton Head,SC and the 15 degree difference makes me shiver enough lol. For winter comfort food, creamy pot pie definitely tops my list ( and i love the idea of having the crust “on the side”…the flakey crisp is my 2nd favorite part of a pot pie) mac and cheese, any kind of chunky chowder like soup…creamy or gooey is def my comfort food theme :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruth, Even the hardiest New Englander is complaining about the snow…we are running out of room to put it. I’m glad you like the crust on the side, it stays nice and flaky that way. Yes to mac and cheese and a thick chowder…I like your comfort food. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  18. Oh yummy pearl onions! This is a great way to do a carb check but still having the comfort of this delicious favorite- chicken pot pie. I hope your snow melts soon. It must be a shocker to you system after being in a warm place for awhile. Take care, BAM

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bobbie, I’m glad you like the pearl onions, they go so well in this dish. Coming home to all the snow makes me appreciate our time away all the more. I’m hoping the snow melts too but it is going to take a long time for those piles to melt…they are way taller than I am.

  19. Soups and stews are my go-to comfort foods in the winter. This past weekend we made a quick, fresh chili (soupy, not starchy). This week, I’m going to try your dish. I have a bit of left-over pie crust in the freezer, just the right size to make topping for two. Great idea.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tracy, I agree with you about soups and stews, we have certainly enjoyed our share this winter. I’m glad you are going to try my dish, I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  20. David says:

    I love this deconstructed concept – soggy crusts are not exactly comforting on a cold night! They just remind me of the slush I used to walk through in winters there! We have a couple of winter antidotes – the baked cabbage soup which you saw on Cocoa & Lavender, and several other soups and stews. Also, anything Indian usually makes us all gruntled on a cold winter’s evening… (Gruntled is my new favorite word!)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, David. I’m glad you like my a pot pie that is deconstructed. I agree with you…a soggy crust doesn’t tempt me either. Oh yes, Indian food with it’s wonderful spices is perfect for winter weather…I think that might be something to enjoy this upcoming bitter cold week…thanks. :)

  21. PigLove says:

    That looks delicious. Chicken pot pies are another one of my favorites :) XOXO – Bacon

  22. Your recipe sounds delightful Karen. And I’m going to try a herb crust next time I bake, thanks for the inspiration

  23. flavorsofthesun says:

    I almost squealed when I read the title of this dish. I made similar years ago (I love chicken pot pie and deconstructed dishes as well), but yours is much prettier. You have me craving comfort food. I can’t believe the snow! What a winter!

    • Karen says:

      I’m always happy to know that you enjoyed a post, Vicki. I believe that this is a winter that many of us will all enjoy saying goodbye to…very cold and very snowy. You make some very comforting meals, I know you will prepare something good. :)

  24. Kristy says:

    Your house looks just picture perfect blanketed in all that snow. Quintessentially New England. :) Your pot pie looks delicious. We’re having our Indian version again this week. It certainly helps to deal with the cold weather out there!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristy, I do have to agree with you about how pretty our home looks surrounded by snow. I just wish it was a lot less. :) You are the second reader who has mentioned Indian food to help combat the cold. Thanks for the suggestion and your compliment.

  25. That’s a lotta snow. Sure glad you enjoyed some sunny days in Florida before coming back home to winter! I’ve had chicken pot pie on the brain lately, and was reading a recipe for deconstructed chicken pot pie in Cooking Light last night. Now seeing your tasty version here today, I’m feeling like someone’s trying to tell me something. Guess chicken pot pie is on the menu soon! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Betsy, We had to leave a day early for our trip to Florida because of the first of four snowstorms in the two weeks we were gone. It was so nice to get out of a sweater and enjoy the warmth for a little while. It sounds like this post was timely…I think you should indeed make a chicken pot pie. :) Thank you for your lovely comment.

  26. Anna says:

    I love the color of your house. That is beautiful!!

  27. Sissi says:

    Improvised dishes can be surprisingly good and your deconstructed chicken pie is the best proof. I like the pie crust wedges idea a lot!

  28. ladyfi says:

    That snow looks lovely!

  29. flippenblog says:

    Great pot pie but oh goodness I want your house!Please….

  30. Marigene says:

    Nothing like a hearty chicken meal on a cold winter day! Beautiful presentation, Karen. Have a great week.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Marigene, for your nice compliment. I know that you could make a pretty presentation of this meal too with all your lovely dishes. I do have to agree with you about this being a perfect dish for a cold winter day.

  31. Eva Taylor says:

    Hi Karen, this does bring back memories for me — I used to make a chicken a la king recipe that was very similar. I love that you didn’t use an entire pie pastry and it’s just a taste, it not only really elevates the dish but it’s also a lot more calorie conscious too! Nicely done. My comfort foods on these horribly cold and snowy days would have to be soup, my preference is a broth based soup with rice noodles but a creamed soup is equally as satisfying for me. I could have soup every day for every meal and not get sick of it. I can whip up a lemon grass soup in no time and some of the more complex soups are in single use containers in the freezer, so I can just pull out as many or as few as I need for that meal.

    • Karen says:

      I laughed out loud as I read your comment to my husband. He was just telling me this morning that this dish brought back memories of his mother’s chicken a la king that she used to make for him. :) I agree with you about how great soups are this time of the year…we are having one tonight. I’m glad you like my dish, thank you for your nice compliment.

  32. glamorous glutton says:

    I love the look of those wedges, perfect for your pot pie but perfect for pre dinner drinks too. My favourite comfort food is porcini mushroom risotto with a drizzle of truffle oil. It requires patience to make but is oh so delicious when its done. GG

    • Karen says:

      Hi GG, I’m glad you like the savory wedges. I smiled when you mentioned that they would be good with pre dinner drinks. I’ve been known to enjoy one with a glass of wine while cooking. Just don’t let my husband know, I pile them up on a plate when we have this meal and he doesn’t notice the missing one. :) Porcini risotto is a great idea…I especially like it with a little truffle oil drizzled on top on each serving.

  33. sprinklesandsauce says:

    comfort food at its best!

  34. This looks great. I like the idea of a savory crunchy crust on the side. Way better than the usual soggy one! :)

  35. kitchenriffs says:

    Thirty inches of snow?! Yikes! When we lived in the NYC area, one winter we had a snowfall like that (plus loads of other, less dramatic snows) that convinced me to quit my job and become a freelancer so we could move to Florida! I like winter, but not winter like that. Anyway, i really like the idea of deconstructing chicken pot pie. I haven’t made this dish in years, but am thinking about it again. It’s always dramatic bringing the dish with its baked crust to the table, but things can go wrong (soggy crust syndrome), so this might be a better way of serving it. Good stuff — thanks.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, I wish I could say snow like this is unusual but February is historically a very snowy month. The quality of life in New England is what made us move from Florida to New Hampshire so we accept the snow. :) Thank you for your nice compliment, I’m glad to know that you like my recipe. As pretty as a pie looks when served with a beautiful crust, if it has a lot of sauce it can be soggy except for the edge. This is my answer to lots of flaky, crispy crust. :)

  36. Sophie33 says:

    I love your deconstructed chicken pot pie way more than the original one. 😊 glad to hear that you had a lovely Holiday. 😀

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sophie, for your sweet comment. We had a lovely holiday in Florida but it is nice to be back home…even with all the snow. I’m glad you like my version of pot pie. We like it better than the original ways of preparing it as well. :)

  37. Wow! Karen, I really like the idea of a deconstructed chicken pot pie! I would love to do a gluten free version as a blog post because I’m suddenly craving this dish for lunch. ;) Coming back to cold and snow from Florida (with some sunshine on your face with a mild tan) always feels strange. Growing up in Michigan, and traveling to Florida in the winter, always had us returning to the cold. With so much snow on the ground, it must be even more fun and weird! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Stacy, I love making the deconstructed chicken pot pie…you have all the comforting goodness of a traditional dish along with lots of crispy, flaky crust alongside. I’m glad that I have inspired you to make the recipe…it is easy to make it gluten free. Yes…coming back to the cold and snow reminds us that we are back in the “real world” of winter. I hope you have a nice week as well. :)

  38. Arlene Poma says:

    So creative and helpful! I’ve been changing my horrible eating habits of the past, and I must say that I like the results when in comes to diet and exercise. Instead of eating pie crust without even thinking about it, I can control the portions. As for my garden? I’ve been banned from gardening for the next six months or so because of my kidney transplant surgery. I can’t even open a bag of potting soil because of the molds and spores. Maybe it’s a blessing because California is in a severe drought. No garden this year, but I would like to have one tomato plant in a pot. We expect 72 degrees today. It is ridiculous! I’m wearing tank tops and shorts. And I even broke out safari hat and the sunscreen. Rain is expected on Wednesday. We need continuous rain beyond the forty days and forty nights.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Arlene, for your kind words. I appreciate your nice compliment and I’m glad you like the recipe. By eliminating a bottom crust, the dish is still delicious and comforting, but definitely has less calories. We have garden centers where we can buy a patio tomato plant in a large pot where all you need to do is keep it watered. Perhaps something like that will work for you. I hope each day brings to better health.

  39. Looks great, perfectly comforting for our grey winter. Sometimes I wish we got snow, rather than needles of hail of sleet!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Tracey, for your nice compliment. Snow is soft and fluffy, sleet sharp and stinging, rain cold and damp. I believe this is a meal that can make you forget about the stormy weather outside our door, no matter what it is. :)

  40. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things says:

    Simple and delicious! I can just imagine what is was like to come home to deep snow after your Florida trip. Sheesh!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment Lizzy, I’m glad you like the dish. New England’s weather hit us in the face when we stepped outside on our return home…very different from the sun and warmth during our holiday. :)

  41. Reblogged this on The Mossy Tree and commented:
    YUM!

  42. Welcome home!! You made a perfect comforting meal. Great idea on using pie cuts wedges! Hope you’ve adjusted to the weather change :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sandra, for your welcome…it has taken a few days to adjust to being back in the cold and snow. I’m happy that you like the idea of making the pie crust wedges to go alongside my version of chicken pot pie. :)

  43. It looks oh so good!!! Thanks for sharing Karen :)

  44. Eha says:

    First things first: your home looks oh so beautiful and romantic in its winter garb! As far as your recipe is concerned: you have always had the gift to put a few relatively simple ingredients together to make an elegant and inviting dish! I am one not much for ‘deconstructed’ things but this would be ap[petizing under any name and I agree with Bobbi about the ‘carb check’ :) ! Since I must admit to liking bones and marrow I think my favourite cold weather soulfood is osso buco!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Eha, for taking the time to stop by…I know your time is limited these days. I have to agree with you about our home looking pretty in the snow, I just wish there was a little less of it. I appreciate your kind words about my recipes. I do try to make them simple but flavorful. I know that deconstructed sounds like a trendy dish but I just eliminated baking the crust on top of the filling and did it separately…making for a lot of flaky crust. I haven’t made osso buco in quite a while. Thanks for the reminder that I should make it again soon. :)

  45. Larry says:

    That is definitely some serious snow you have. I really like good chicken pot pie and the turkey version is my favorite Thanksgiving leftover. Your delicious dish especially appeals to me as there is never as much crust as I’d like and this way I can have all I want.

    • Karen says:

      Oh yes Larry, it is a lot of snow…the piles from plowing are way taller than I am. You and my husband are just alike when it comes to food. He loves when I make pot pie because he gets lots of crispy, flaky crust. :)

  46. hotlyspiced says:

    That’s a lot of snow. It’s lovely that your house is painted such a bright and cheery colour – it adds so much to the landscape. This is a wonderful warming and comforting dish and it’s amazing you were able to put this together just using whatever you had on hand. I’d love a piece of this pie! xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charlie, I agree with you about the color of our house. I chose its sunny color to brighten the days during the winter. I try to have a well stocked pantry during the winter when I don’t go out because of inclement weather. I thought this dish might show new cooks that you can make a delicious meal with ingredients you might have in your freezer and pantry. Thank you for your nice compliment. :)

  47. ramblingtart says:

    I am in awe of all your snow!!! My goodness. :-) I’m so glad you have such delicious comfort food to see you through these oh-so-cold days of winter. :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Krista, I couldn’t believe how much snow we had while on our little holiday. The chicken pot pie really is warming dish for a cold evening. Thank you for your nice comment. :)

  48. 30 inches? Oh my goodness! What a way to be welcomed home. Your pot pie looks like a perfect way to beat the winter blues, a great idea!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chris, On the way home from the airport I keep saying “I can’t believe all the snow”, its a lot. I’m glad you like my pot pie…thank you.

  49. Theres a delicious simplicity to chicken pot pie which I’ve grown to love. The idea of a herbed crust is extra special. So often I use plain store bought pastry (but the herbs) are a brilliant addition!

    Enjoy that comfort food whilst you can, summertime & tomatoes are just around the corner for you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alli, You are right, chicken pot pie is simple and tasty. I think you will like what the herbs do to the crust. I have to say I’m looking forward to a summer tomato, I’ll be starting my seeds in a couple of weeks. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  50. That snow is amazing!!! And the pie looks like the perfect dish for the weather :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tandy, Can you believe all the snow, it is going to take a long time to melt. I think chicken pot pie is a great winter dish, I’m glad you like it.

  51. Wow, that is a lot of snow! We had about 24 inches in my neck of the woods over 30 hours, but then got a huge warm spell that melted it off entirely in one week. Talk about a difference! I love deconstructed recipes, as it makes it all so much easier in my book.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kathryn, Hopefully one of those warm spells will come our way as I’m looking forward to seeing grass in our orchard. This is an easy way to prepare chicken pot pie…I’m glad you like the recipe. Thanks!

  52. You read my mind. I’m making chicken pie today and I was looking for a few new little touches….which you have provided. Cheers.

  53. You couldn’t have found a better way to welcome you home than this pot dish. Warm, filling just perfect for all this snow and cold!

  54. Joanne says:

    Looks like a great “leftovers” meal to me! Total comfort food!

  55. Perfect. The crust stays crisp AND you get fewer calories in a scrumptious pie.

  56. I tried to warn you Karen – I think all you needed was a couple more weeks down there. You know I’ve never thought to do that with chicken pot pie & as a result never made it. All I’ve ever had is a soggy bottom pie with a very floury tasting sauce. This looks like something I could actually enjoy eating.
    Welcome home – beware the Idea of March.

    • Karen says:

      I’m laughing Diane, because my husband’s friends told him he was crazy coming back so soon. :) A soggy bottom crust isn’t appetizing at all, I think you would really like this answer to the problem. Thank you for your welcome and compliment.

  57. Now that we’ve seen inside your home, I know you are snowed in very cozily :) This looks delicious and like a kind of dish that just envelopes you and keeps you warm.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ksenia, for your lovely compliment. You are right, our home does feel cozy in the winter. Adding a meal like this makes me forget how cold it is outside.

  58. YES, definitely looks different than a store bought pot pie! This sounds so comforting. Kind of perfect for this cold Tuesday in Minnesota, – 15 windchills today. Totally going to try this, thanks for the recipe. Have a fabulous week :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelly, We have certainly had a cold winter this year but you are really having it bad in Minnesota. I’m happy that you like my chicken pot pie. Sending warm thoughts your way.

  59. Those pie crust wedges sound great!

  60. hey who has time for crust when you can just use a slice of yummy bread! Your way is so much easier

  61. Wow! This is fantastic, Karen. I feel like this would be delicious any time of year, and because it’s not quite as heavy as a traditional pot pie it would even taste wonderful in warmer weather. I really do think of pot pies as fabulous comfort food and this is such a creative take on the original! I hope your beautiful home and those lovely orchards are surviving this winter without any damage. What a swing in temperatures you must have experienced after leaving Florida. :-)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your thoughts and kind words, Debra. Cold doesn’t really bother the trees. This is when I should be out pruning them but there is too much snow to be dragging an 8 foot ladder around. I’m glad that you like my version of chicken pot pie. You are right, it is a lighter version and is not limited to just cold weather. :)

  62. Daniela says:

    Wow,that’s really a lot of snow around your home.
    So strange because in Europe this year we have one of the mildest winters ever.
    Love the chicken pie, a real comfort food for cold days.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Daniela, I’m glad that you like the chicken pie. Thank you for your nice compliment. Yes, we have had a lot of snow this year and it has been especially cold. It is amazing that winter has been so mild in Europe. We saw so much snow when we were in Germany and Austria at the beginning of October, I’m happy that we got the snow while there as it makes the mountains so beautiful.

  63. Yes, I do see in the news how you have been affected by this unprecedented cold weather. I hope your orchards and gardens are surviving. I love how you called this comfort dish, a deconstructed chicken. Glad to hear that you had a lovely time off in Florida.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Fae, for your kind thoughts. I believe the orchard and gardens will not be affected by the cold. I’m glad to know you liked the chicken pot pie, it is indeed comfort food. :)

  64. This looks so delicious! A deconstructed chicken pot pie is genius :D Bookmarking this recipe–thanks for sharing!

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your visit and lovely compliment, Ada. I’m happy that you like the recipe and I hope you will enjoy the deconstructed chicken pot pie.

  65. afracooking says:

    I love chicken! And I love pie! Combining the two always seems like the best! But then I usually find that the soggy crust makes the whole experience less amazing than you imagined. This is THE solution! Fabulous.

  66. Raymund says:

    Thats a nice looking pie! perfect for a cold weather, so comforting

  67. Beth says:

    Your chicken pot pie looks wonderful! I love the idea of baking the crust separately so it stays crispy. (And thanks for persevering with my blog. I don’t know why your comments disappeared, but I got both comments today. Thanks!)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Beth, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you like the recipe and the idea of serving crust on the side. It must have been a glitch, it has happened on other blogs as well…happy I could finally get through. :)

  68. Susan says:

    Any kind of warm soup or stew is my favorite comfort food on a cold day during a loooong winter. What a great way to save on calories, although I may not be able to stop at one wedge of crust :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, I had to chuckle at your comment. It is very hard not to eat more than one wedge, I speaking from experience. :) I’m think that a stew may be in the immediate future as the weather certainly doesn’t look like it’s going to get warm anytime soon.

  69. gloria says:

    Look absolutely delicious, I love pot pie and this look amazing!!:)

  70. Goodness this looks like a delicious pot pie! This is such comfort food, no matter what the weather is like! Yum!

  71. HOLY COW that is a lot of snow. This pie would keep the chill away for sure.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Erin, Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Yes, this was a lot of snow to come home to…but we do live in New Hampshire so it is not unexpected. I agree, I find the chicken pot pie to be a warming dish. I appreciate your nice comment.

  72. The weather has turned a little nippy these days and I’m craving dishes like this now! :D

  73. saucygander says:

    Ooh deconstructed pie is such a good idea!! My favourite winter dish is lamb shanks, cooked in lots of spices. The whole house smells wonderful for hours!

  74. Would you believe that our snow is all gone…which is very uncommon in Finland at this time of year! Your snowy landscape looks beautiful and you did a wonderful job with what you had in the pantry and freezer…comfort food at its best!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laila, this has been the strangest winter. I find it so interesting that your area of Finland has no snow on the ground at this time of the year. On average, our last snow doesn’t disappear until sometime in April. Thank you for your nice compliment…this was a nice meal from what I had on hand when we returned home from our holiday.

  75. Barbara says:

    Unfortunately, I think you’ve got more cold weather to go yet! But this pot pie sure looks warming! Love the herbs in the crust. Such a cute idea to deconstruct!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barbara, I have to agree with you, spring is a long time coming to New England. I believe the herbs make this pie crust special…I’m glad you like my idea. Thank you!

  76. viveka says:

    Karen, this is pure comfort in a deep plate … not a fan of pies – so this is brilliant way to serve it – with the crust on the side. And the smell … *smile

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Viveka, for your nice compliment. I love having the crust on the side so it stays crispy and flaky…I’m glad you like the idea.

      • viveka says:

        Karen, I have eat far too many bad pies in UK … they have really turned me off on pies.
        So to cook the pastry separate and serve as a side dish – sound great in my book.

  77. What a creative way to change chicken pot pie – looks so good and warming. I will keep this in mind. Spring will come soon (hoping). I think the winter grey-ness sometimes obstructs my creativity in the kitchen; but today the sun is shining (even though it’s freezing outside). Anything soup-based is my comfort food right now hehe…

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ming, for your lovely compliment. Until spring arrives, we will have to continue making warm and comforting meals. I think your homemade ramen soup is a perfect example of a comforting meal that I know I would enjoy. :)

  78. I grew up eating chicken pies from “The Chicken Pie Shop” in Fresno, California. Needless to say, a store-bought frozen affair just never compared. I am off to purchase the ingredients for this yummy looking “pie” and can’t wait to gobble it up!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, I know what you mean…once you have had a really good chicken pie, a frozen one just isn’t the same. Thank you for your nice compliment and I hope you will enjoy the deconstructed chicken pot pie.

  79. NativeNM says:

    Welcome back! Wow, you weren’t kidding about the snow back home! But your deconstructed chicken pot pie looks like it would be the perfect dish to warm you up. I love a good pot pie but often feel guilty with all the crust, so having the crisp savory wedges on the side sounds perfect!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jan, for your welcome. It was nice to have a break from the cold but we certainly did come back to lots of snow. I’m glad you like my idea of the savory pie crust wedges…thank you.

  80. What a beautiful meal to warm you up. I love the simplicity of a dish like this and it is comfort food at its best. My favorite comfort food would have to be Chicken and Dumplings or Ham and Bean soup, but this recipe could become a new favorite. :-) Thanks for the recipe.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Mary, for your nice compliment. I think simple dishes that we have grown up with are always comforting. I’v just tweaked the recipe and now it is one of my favorite winter dishes. I have ham broth in my freezer, thanks for the suggestion for a ham and bean soup. :)

  81. plumdirt says:

    Scratch made mac and cheese with rich cream, sharp cheese, carrots, broccoli, and shrimp :) Glad you were able to dig through the snow to the door!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Plumdirt, We are very lucky that we have a caretaker for our home. The drive and walks were plowed and shoveled the entire two weeks we were away from home…if not we would never be able to leave our home during the winter. Your mac and cheese sounds really good. :)

  82. What a great, comforting dish for these snowy days, Karen! What a gorgeous house you have…

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Denise, for your lovely compliment about not only our home but about my recipe for the chicken pot pie. I’m happy to know that you like the recipe…it really is very good for our cold days.

  83. 30 inches of snow! That’s some serious accumulation. I love chicken pot pie. Your deconstructed version looks amazing. The peas and carrots are always my favorite part :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christin, We get a lot of snow every year in New Hampshire but 30 inches in two weeks on top of what we already had was a lot. I’m happy to know that you like my deconstructed version of chicken pot pie. The peas and carrots not only add nice taste but also lots of color which we all need when we see white snow on a daily basis. :)

  84. I am really impressed! When we get home after an extended stay, the cupboard is usually really bare except for some dry cereal – and no milk. What a beautiful welcome-home meal.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Darryl, I’m happy that you like my dish. My pantries are always full during the winter because I don’t go out on snowy days. I have a refrigerator, standing freezer, and an additional can goods pantry in my basement that gets me through all the winter days.

  85. I love chicken pot pie and yours looks SO wonderful. YUM!

  86. So much beautiful snow! Your images are just gorgeous! The chicken pie would be the perfect accompaniment.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Julie, I agree with you about the beauty of the snow, especially because it stays pristine. I do have to say that I would be very happy if we don’t get anymore. :) I’m happy that you liked not only the chicken pie but my photos as well. Thank you!

  87. Check out my new post today…an inspired dish per vous!

  88. Aren’t fresh herbs just amazing to have. And I’m actually excited that my chives are growing! No snow for us, so far. But a lot of rain again. Still, it’s only a couple of weeks to Spring. Must start scrubbing that kitchen of mine. :)

    • Karen says:

      Fresh herbs are the best, Johnny. By the time we get to Maine for the summer, my chives should be real big. We haven’t had much snow since I posted this but it is so cold that nothing is melting. Oh yes, the infamous spring cleaning is upon us.

  89. Beautiful pictures! Your pie looks perfect. I go for something on a sweet side, but not too sweet, to comfort myself…like apple crumble, for example. :) ela

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ela, for stopping by to visit and your nice compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the photo and recipe. Apple crumble is a real good choice for a comforting meal…I know you make an excellent one.

  90. Jerry says:

    This looks delicious – far better that the normal chicken pot pie IMO where the pastry can be the focus and not the filling.Given the winter we’ve been having I suspect you’ll be cooking like this for some time. SIGH

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jerry, for your nice compliment. I’ve had chicken pot pies that remind me of “where’s the beef” only its where’s the chicken. Just a lot of doughy pastry, some veggies and a few pieces of chicken floating in sauce. Unfortunately, I think you are right about eating comforting meals for some time to come…our snow won’t even melt because it is too cold.

  91. I love the photo of your house in the snow. Thanks for this way to serve and make pot pie. I am not a fan of the dish, but would like it this way.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the photo of our home and the recipe…I’m glad you like my version of chicken pot pie.

  92. ladygourmet says:

    This looks wonderful and pure comfort after all that snow!
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  93. Oh, dear, it looks like you’ve got the same weather as us!! We’ve got less snow but cold temperatures that make it almost frightening when the kids go out. We keep our cell phones on in case they need to be picked up somewhere. I love the idea of a deconstructed pie, having the crust separately means you can control how many you want with your pie and I know I wouldn’t stop at one or two:)xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Smidge, I don’t think any of us will forget this winter anytime soon. My husband and I really enjoy having the crust on the side of the chicken pot pie…it stays so crisp and flaky. We have definitely been known to have more than one wedge. :)

  94. cabinet stew says:

    I love that particular picture of your home and barn… just lovely and so perfectly “new england!” oh and I love the chicken pot pie too! and yes I am tired of winter!! IT’S MARCH NOW! :/

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Carol, I’m glad you like the photo of our home and barn. I agree with you that it is what most people imagine when they think of a farm in New England. We definitely need comforting food with this terrible winter and I think chicken pot pie is perfect. So far the beginning of March doesn’t hold much promise of spring weather. :(

  95. Carolyn Jung says:

    Definitely less daunting than making a two-crust chicken pot pie. Plus, you save a few calories, too — which is never a bad thing. ;)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carolyn, I agree with you that my version of chicken pot pie is much easier to make and has fewer calories. Definitely a good thing when you enjoy a piece of the crispy pie crust wedge with the chicken and vegetables.

  96. It has definitely been pot pie weather…as we got more snow today! I love the look of your deconstructed version :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Liz, for your nice compliment. I’m happy to know you like my deconstructed version of chicken pot pie. We are missing the storm today but the snow on the ground won’t melt because it is too cold.

  97. This looks fabulous, Karen! I like your lower calorie and more nutritious chicken pot pie.

    I recently made a New Orleeans style gumbo in my crockpiot and I that fit the bill for me for a cold weather meal. Love the flavors and gentle heat in it from cayenne spice.

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate you compliment, Pat and I’m happy that you liked the recipe. Oh yes, gumbo is indeed perfect for cold weather…we had it recently.

  98. I love the idea of that crust wedge—I think I’ll take my pot pie deconstructed from now on!

  99. That must have been a terrible shock to change temperatures like that. We have heard about your awful winter over there. Hopefully, it is improving now. I love the idea of this deconstructed chicken pie.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Suzanne, It was wonderful to get away from the snow and cold but it was waiting for us with a vengeance when we returned. We have only had a couple inches of snow since the photos but it is below freezing every day so the snow isn’t melting. Spring can’t get here fast enough and I appreciate your wish. I’m happy you like the idea of the deconstructed pie, it is really a nice way to have chicken pot pie.

  100. Brilliant and Delightful!! What a marvelous idea!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tin Man, It is so nice to hear from you. I’m happy that you like my version of chicken pot pie. I appreciate you kind words, thank you.

  101. minnie says:

    NH? We are in MA and are not much better off, and I hear you. We came back from sunny CA only to be buried under mounds of snow that have now frozen into rocks. The pot pie is just what the weatherman ordered!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Neighbor, It is always nice to escape our New England winter for a little while but winter didn’t stop while we were gone. Oh yes, our snow piles are rock solid and will probably still be here next month. I appreciate you stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. Thank you Minnie, I look forward to your return. :)

  102. I love how you made this – I think my grandson would like this much better because he doesn’t seem to understand how to break into a pot pie – those little wedges would be fantastic as well!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kelli, for your nice compliment. Once you try the wedges, I hope that not only your grandson but your whole family will enjoy the savory pie wedges. :)

  103. Oh your pot pie looks so delicious, that is one of my favorites! :-) I enjoy a good breakfast, eggs sunny side with wheat pancakes, syrup, fruit, crisp bacon, warm toasted bagel with juice! :-) Then something chocolate!!!

    That is a lot of snow, I am sure you have a lot of snow to shovel and have gotten cabin fever!
    Michael :-)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your compliment, Michael. I’m glad you like chicken pot pie as much as I do. Yum, I would really enjoy having breakfast at your house. We got a little more snow today but it is going to above freezing this weekend and that will start to melt our mountains of snow. :)

  104. I love the idea of the deconstructed chicken pot pie. Then you have a nice hearty pot pie and the pot pie crust is still crispy and flaky and oh so good!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ducky, I’m glad you like my idea of deconstructing the pie. As you say, you end up with delicious filling but get a crisp crust to enjoy with each and every bite.

  105. Great way to keep the taste and lose a few of the calories. Although I’d like to show that boy how to break into a pot pie. For me it was Swanson’s growing up:)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Wendy, I’m glad you like my idea. It is very true that half as much pie crust mean less calories. I think half the kids growing up had Swanson’s many a night.

  106. Charles says:

    Hi Karen – this is making me so hungry right now… I use to enjoy a wonderful chicken pie my mother used to make when I was younger and this is bringing back so many memories (as well as a rumbling belly!). You’ve made me decide that I’m really going to have to make something like this soon – perhaps on the weekend, yum! Can’t wait :).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charles, I’m sure your mother made you a delicious chicken pie. I hope you will have time to make one over the weekend. Little William would probably enjoy it as well and you can continue the memories your mother started. :)

  107. Carolyn Chan says:

    Brrrr ! That looks cold !! I love meals like this – reduces waste as it uses what you have on hand. And that would be soooo comforting and warm on a chilly day.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carolyn, We have had an incredibly cold winter this year and you are right, this is a comforting meal. Thank you for your nice comment.

  108. That’s a huge amount of snow, Karen! I love your idea of a deconstructed pot pie. Thanks for the wonderful and easy recipe. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sylvia, Can you believe the piles of snow, I think there will still be remains of them for weeks. I’m happy you like my deconstructed pot pie…it is a favorite at this time of the year in our home. Thank you as always for your nice compliment.

  109. Hannah says:

    This is indeed a bowl of comfort, Karen! What a terrific use of pantry items and ideal to come home to. I hope you are keeping warm! We have a bit of a spring thaw beginning, but bowls of warm stew are still quite welcome. Your photos are lovely.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hannah, I appreciate your nice compliment. I’m happy that you agree with me about how comforting this meal can be. We had a nice warm day on Saturday that got up to 50 before heading back below freezing. We are going to have several days of snow this week but I do know that spring will make its way to both of us soon. :)

  110. Karen I often make pot pie without crust and I will look at your recipe to use as another wonderful recipe…your house is gorgeous in snow…hoping it melts soon though.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna, I hope you will enjoy my recipe if you get a chance to try it. I appreciate your lovely compliment about our home…I do think it is beautiful surrounded with snow but I can’t wait for it to melt. The weathermen are talking about snow on the first day of spring. It has happened before but we are all so anxious to see green grass so I hope they are wrong.

  111. LFFL says:

    That’s a beautiful picture. I’m loving that bowl and how it’s presented. Lovely yellow.

  112. All of that snow must have been a shock after Florida. Your chicken pot pie must have been very comforting to welcome you back to the cold. If you’re ever in southwest Florida, please let me know. We would love to see you.
    Sam
    P.S. I don’t know why I don’t see your posts in my Feedly feed. I just realized I hadn’t seen anything from you and went looking and found two I missed. Feedly drives me crazy sometimes. They left the photo off of my latest post preview and I have no idea why. Hmm… Oh well, I hope you have a lovely weekend.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sam, The reality of being back in New England after with warmth of Florida is always shocking. We still have over a foot of snow on the ground and we are just a few days away from spring. I sometimes have problems with posts not showing up in the reader as well. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on previous posts, I really appreciate it.

  113. What a wonderful idea! I would never have thought to deconstruct it, but it really does look like the perfect meal!

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