Quick Chicken Pot Pie Using Leftover Chicken

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Looking for a fast supper idea? Chicken Pot Pie from scratch is super fast when you use leftover chicken. I made the pie crusts & cream of chicken soup from scratch too but you can use purchased crust & soup instead if you like. Fast, easy & DELICIOUS! 

Chicken Pot Pie from scratch using leftover Chicken. I Made The Pie Crusts & Cream Of Chicken Soup From Scratch Too. Easy & DELICIOUS! #TexasHomesteader

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Leftover Chicken For FAST Chicken Pot Pie

A few days ago RancherMan & I were delighted to receive a visit from two of our children and  two of our grandchildren. For some reason I seem to always stress about the food when we have company – what to serve? Will there be enough? Will they like it?

On this day I was hoping to make something in the slow cooker so that I could spend more time visiting with our kids and grandbabies. So I decided on an inexpensive $5 whole chicken because I knew I could make a delicious Slow-Cooker Chicken, only I’d leave out the heavy spices for the grandchildren’s sake. 

Our chicken dinner was delicious. The next day I pulled the meat from the bones & cooked the carcass into healthy chicken broth. (6 pints!) Then I sectioned the leftover meat into three hefty meal-sized portions for RancherMan & me.

Now that’s a lot of mileage from one $5 chicken! With one of the three portions of leftover meat I decided to make some homemade chicken pot pie for supper.

Making A Quick Homemade Flaky Crust

I wanted to make my chicken pot pie from scratch. Sometimes I use my standby Homemade Pie Crust except I use bacon grease instead of shortening for a savory twist.

But more often than not I whip  up a simple oil-based crust. This kind of crust is easiest because I can simply mix it up & press half on the bottom/sides of the casserole dish. That means I don’t have to roll the crust out and gently transfer to the casserole dish without cracking it. (I suck at that!)

Of course I do still have to roll out the top crust for ‘pretty’, but at least I cut that chore in half. The pie crust shown in the recipe below is almost always the one I use for my chicken pot pie.

So I divided the crust dough in half and pressed half of the dough onto the bottom & sides of my dish.

Chicken Pot Pie from scratch using leftover Chicken. I Made The Pie Crusts & Cream Of Chicken Soup From Scratch Too. Easy & DELICIOUS! #TexasHomesteader

Then I chopped up about 2 cups of leftover chicken and laid it over the dough. Then I opened up two standard-sized cans of mixed vegetables, drained them and poured the vegetables on top of the chicken.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

Finally I made cream-of-chicken soup using chicken broth, milk and flour. As soon as it was as thick as I wanted I pulled it off the stove and poured it over the chicken & vegetables.

Chicken Pot Pie from scratch using leftover Chicken. I Made The Pie Crusts & Cream Of Chicken Soup From Scratch Too. Easy & DELICIOUS! #TexasHomesteader

NOTE: I made my cream of chicken soup homemade. But you can just use a can of cream of chicken soup here. If you want to make it homemade instead the recipe for homemade cream of chicken soup is included in the recipe below.

Finally I rolled out the last half of the crust and placed it on top making several slits in the crust to allow steam to escape. With the leftover pastry trimmings I rolled a rope to edge my chicken pot pie, placing shallow decorative slashes in the dough to make it ‘prettiful’.

Mama always told me that half the meal is in the presentation. So I always try to make it look nice for my handsome RancherMan.

Baking The Chicken Pot Pie

Now all that’s left is to put this dish of homemade deliciousness into the oven. I wanted to use my table-top toaster oven to cook it so I could place it outside on a folding table and keep that cooking heat OUTSIDE where it belongs!

Since the heating element in the tiny oven was so close to the crust I covered the top with foil for the first half of cooking and then removed the foil so the the crust could brown beautifully during the final cooking time.

Chicken Pot Pie from scratch using leftover Chicken. I Made The Pie Crusts & Cream Of Chicken Soup From Scratch Too. Easy & DELICIOUS! #TexasHomesteader

All in all it took about 40 minutes to brown to my liking.

When I brought it out from the oven the aroma was so enticing, there were plenty of ooohs and aaaaahhhhs from RancherMan to go around.

I served it up for supper & he raved about the meal. So I thought I’d share the easy recipe with you today:

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie can be made fast with these simple shortcuts. #TexasHomesteader

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

A quick and delicious meal. Just use a pre-made pie crust, add chopped leftover chicken, add cream of chicken soup & top with the other pie crust.  A delicious comfort-food meal that comes together quickly. #TexasHomesteader

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, comfort food, cream of chicken soup, easy recipe, leftovers, mixed vegetables, pie crust, pot pie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Leftover Cooked Chicken, cubed
  • 2 Cans Mixed Veggies, drained
  • 1 10.5 oz can Cream of Chicken Soup (instructions below for homemade Cream of Chicken Soup, if desired)
  • 2 9-inch Pie Crust Dough (instructions below for homemade pie crusts, if desired)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F

  2. Divide pie crust dough in half. (directions below for homemade pie crust option if you'd like to make it yourself) Press half the dough onto the bottom & sides of a deep 8" casserole dish.

  3. Top the crust with the following layers spread evenly: 2 cups chopped cooked chicken topped with the previously-drained cans of mixed vegetables and finally spread the cream of chicken soup evenly on top - do not stir. (directions below for homemade cream of chicken soup option if you'd like to make it homemade instead)

    Top Chicken Pot Pie with remaining pie crust and crimp edges. Cut 3-4 slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.

  4. Place casserole dish uncovered in preheated oven and bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.

Directions For Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup Option:

  1. For Homemade Cream-Of Chicken Soup: (Omit if using canned soup) In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté 3 Tablespoons minced onions & 3 Tablespoons chopped celery in 2 Tablespoons butter until translucent.

    Stir in 4 Tablespoons flour, and 1/4 teaspoon celery seed. Slowly stir in 2¼ cups chicken broth and ¼ cup milk.

    Simmer over medium heat until thick. Remove from heat, salt & pepper to taste.

Directions For Homemade Flaky Pie Crust:

  1. For Homemade Pie Crust: (Omit if using purchased pie crusts) In a medium bowl, whisk together 2⅔ cup all-purpose flour and ½ teaspoon regular table salt.

    Add ¾ cup vegetable oil and lightly stir with a large spoon until most of the flour is incorporated and pea-sized meal forms.

    Add 5-6 Tablespoons of cold water 1 Tablespoon at a time, stirring to incorporate after each addition.

    The finished dough should be soft and pliable, not cracking and dry. Add another teaspoon of oil to get there if necessary, but do not add any extra water. 

~TxH~

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11 thoughts on “Quick Chicken Pot Pie Using Leftover Chicken

  1. Steph

    YUM. We love pot pie, and I love controlling what’s in it….when we buy them at the store, they’re often way to salty for our taste. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  2. Melanie Redd

    Yum~

    I love pot pie, and this one looks fabulous! Your pictures are making me hungry~

    I came over on Little R and R to find your site.

    Hope you have a blessed day today~
    Melanie

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  3. Jules@Halloweenistic.com

    This dish looks fantastic! Now that it’s finally (supposed to be) cooling off here in Central California, I’ve been looking for some filling, comfort food recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Anna Pearls Attic

    Nice recipe, I am going to give it a try. *Just a note* When I tried to pin this post, Pinterest block me with the following message: “Sorry! We blocked this link beacause it may lead to spam.” Just thought you would like to know. Btw, I used to have a cleaning company called Taylor Maids. 🙂

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  5. Snap

    I love chicken pot pie and I don’t have it very often. Lovely memories of growing up attached to this meal. Thanks for the recipe. Maybe I’ll make it more often! Happy Tuesday!

    Reply
  6. a spirit of simplicity

    That sounds delicious. I love chicken pot pie but I rarely make it. Thanks for joining me at Tuesday Afternoons. I hope to see you again next week.

    Reply
  7. Karen S.

    Perfect, a great idea to prepare on this lovely Tuesday afternoon and enjoy for the evening!

    Reply
  8. Patty

    My husband does not like Chicken Pot Pie only because they put peas in it and he HATES peas. I can make this homemade and omit the peas and he will love it. He does anything with gravy so he will love this. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  9. Lisa from Iroquois

    Making chicken pot pie from scratch is on my to do list of experiments. You make it seem so simple and not at all daunting 🙂

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      It really is simple Lisa, and there are ways to make it even simpler with purchased crust & soup. Maybe you can start there and work into making those two ingredients yourself later down the road when you’re more comfortable with it? ~TxH~

      Reply
  10. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    We LOVE homemade chicken pot pie!

    I’ve haven’t made one in quite awhile as it seems too hot for summertime, but I am craving one now.

    Thanks for sharing yours!

    Reply

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