Chicken Pot Pie With Puff Pastry Crust

by jenna on February 15, 2011

If you could pick one quintessential comfort food what would it be? I’m betting at least a few of you are thinking chicken pot pie.

Me too.

I’ve had chicken pot pie on my mind for two weeks now, since the night Adam ordered it at a restaurant in Carmel and it arrived all puffed up and beautifully golden to the table. When you can’t sleep at night because you’re up thinking about chicken pot pie, you know it’s time to get in the kitchen (or time to question your sanity).

I’ve only made pot pie once before. I was in high school and there was nothing else I wanted to do on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon than stay home and make the perfect chicken pot pie. I used a recipe from Prairie Home Cooking (some things never change), and it took three hours for me to get the pastry crust absolutely perfect. The final product was more than worth it though, and I can still taste the creaminess of the sauce and the buttery pastry.

So yeah. In the perfect world we all would have entire days to dedicate to pot pie making, but since that’s clearly just a fantasy, I find that using storebought puff pastry is really just as good..sometimes even better!

Oh my. Do I ever love me some puff pastry! I especially love how user friendly it is.

All you do is just defrost:

Unwrap:

Then lay over your pot pie. I used two full sheets for mine because there’s no shame in a little extra carbohydrates .

Don’t forget to cut little slits to let steam escape and brush with a beaten egg for shine!

It’s all about the shiny pot pie.

Yum. I couldn’t get enough of this and seriously hovered over it at the kitchen counter eating every last “crumb” that looked out of place. The filling is extra thick and delicious and it makes for mighty tasty leftovers.

Adam says breakfast.

Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry Crust

serves 6-8

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3 medium sized carrots, chopped

2 large stalks celery, chopped

4 small red potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 quart chicken stock

6 T butter

1 yellow onion, diced

6 T flour

1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts

1/4 cup cream

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 sheets frozen puff pastry

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and take puff pastry sheets out of the freezer to defrost.

In a large pot, bring the stock to a boil and add the carrots, celery and potatoes. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Remove veggies with a slotted spoon and pour stock in a large measuring cup or bowl to save for later.

Fill the pot up with fresh waster and bring to a boil. Add chicken breasts and let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain and let chicken cool before cutting into cubes. Set aside.

Melt butter in a dutch oven. Add onion and cook for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add flour and stir constantly to make a roux. Cook for another five minutes, or until the roux begins to smell toasty and darken a little bit in color. Slowly stream in reserved stock while stirring to make the sauce (it will get thick!). Cook and stir for another three minutes then turn off heat and slowly stream in the cream. Add cooked veggies and chicken back to the sauce as well as the salt and pepper.

Pour pot pie filling in a large casserole dish that holds at least two quarts. Unfold defrosted puff pastry sheets and gently lay over the top. Brush top with a beaten egg for shine.

Cut small slices in the pie to let steam escape and then bake for 10 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 more.

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Jessica @ How Sweet February 15, 2011 at 5:02 am

Oh how I love puff pastry too! So flakey and delicious. Pot pie is the one meal I can pass off in my house where my husband doesn’t require a side dish. It looks incredible.

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Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl February 15, 2011 at 5:02 am

I’ve been thinking about chicken pot pies ever since Paula Deen made them on her show!

LOVE how easy this sounds! Definitely something I think even I could possibly handle…although I could see myself getting really excited as it goes in the over, and then burning the crust or something haha :)

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Christie {Nourishing Eats} February 15, 2011 at 5:04 am

My husband was just talking about chicken pot pie a couple of days ago. I need to figure out how to make a gluten free version for him soon!! Yours looks fantastic, of course.

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Heather (Heather's Dish) February 15, 2011 at 5:06 am

believe it or not, chicken pot pie was not a staple in our house growing up! something about my dad eating too much of it as a kid or something. i’ll have to try this recipe though…Lord knows puff pastry is infinitely easier than make a true pie crust (at least for me!)

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megan @ blackberries for jam February 15, 2011 at 5:07 am

That golden pastry crust is so beautiful! And I love how your plates match your meal! I always admire the dishes in your posts.

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Amy February 15, 2011 at 5:09 am

Yummm… I can see why you’d be dreaming about this beauty :) It looks divine!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite February 15, 2011 at 5:13 am

We love using puff pastry for out pot pies! Its so easy and delicious :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 15, 2011 at 5:22 am

YUM! This looks delicious. As a kid, my mum used to purchase the store-bought individual pot pies and I’m sure this probably tastes about 10 million times better. I’m craving some puff pastry now!

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cathyb.@brightbakes February 15, 2011 at 5:26 am

I love pot pie! And yours is gorgeous… I can definitely relate to the “lying-awake-at-night-and-dreaming-up-recipes” thing! Sad but true…
love,
cathy b.

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Hannah (Culture Connoisseur) February 15, 2011 at 5:41 am

Hmm, what a coincidence… I happen to be meal planning right now. *erases clearly inferior recipe and replaces with pot pie*

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Errign February 15, 2011 at 5:46 am

I heart puff pastry too! (And the fact that you couldn’t sleep because you were thinking about chicken pot pie)

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megan @ whatmegansmaking February 15, 2011 at 5:50 am

I love chicken pot pie and I’ve never made it! I like the puff pastry version – makes it just a little bit simpler :)

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jen @ taste life February 15, 2011 at 5:57 am

Jenna, weren’t you in a macaroni and cheese contest this weekend? What happened?

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jenna February 15, 2011 at 9:58 am

I was! And then something came up and I had to cancel. It was a big bummer.

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Dee February 15, 2011 at 6:09 am

this looks so scrumptious!

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Sophie February 15, 2011 at 6:11 am

YUM. I’m so used to the pie crust version. I’m definitely going to have to give puff pastry a try!

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I'm Not Superhuman February 15, 2011 at 6:12 am

It’s breakfast time and I’m totally craving this. I love potpie, especially when puff pastry is involved.

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Maria February 15, 2011 at 6:13 am

Chicken pot pie really does never fail to comfort. Yum.

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Elizabeth@The Sweet Life February 15, 2011 at 6:36 am

Just when I think I like your sweet recipes the best, you come along with something totally savory and totally delicious!

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jenna February 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

thank you!! More to come this week! ;)

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) February 15, 2011 at 6:36 am

I’ve been thinking about it ever since Top Chef last week when Carla made it ;) ..and then the Amy’s ones were starring me in the face yesterday at the store… and more your recipe! It’s a sign, right ? hehe

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julia February 15, 2011 at 6:43 am

That looks so yummy and not hard at all! I’m definitely going to make it this weekend.

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Charise February 15, 2011 at 6:47 am

Puff pastry is definitely one of those easier-to-buy-and-just-as-good things.

While I love me some chicken pot pie, I would say it is a toss up between mac & cheese and my mom’s mashed potatoes for my favorite comfort food.

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Angharad February 15, 2011 at 6:48 am

Gorgeous! This reminds me of steak and ale pie back home in England at this country pub we’d go to – it didn’t have a base, came in a little single serving pot and was covered with gorgeous puff pastry. SO good.

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Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 15, 2011 at 6:50 am

Oh – wowww. This looks awesome!

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Jen @ keepitsimplefoods February 15, 2011 at 6:55 am

This sounds amazing- just need to figure out how to make it vegetarian!

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Catherine February 15, 2011 at 6:55 am

If you haven’t seen the Top Chef episode with Carla jumping around with the joy of making chicken pot pie you have to watch at least those parts. It is hilarious and supports your love of chicken pot pie! I’m vegetarian so no chicken for me but this makes me want a good veggie pot pie. Ina Garten has a great recipe!

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Kelly February 15, 2011 at 6:57 am

Hahaha…I do that all the time…eating all the out of place crumbs. I mean it needs to look pretty right? :)

I was always intimdated by puff pastry but then once I used I realized how AWESOME it is. My favorite is to make chicken pockets. I basically place a chicken breast inside smeared with an artichoke flavored hummus then top with prosccuito (however you spell that) and wrap it all up and bake! SO GOOD and the hubs loves it.

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Marcy February 15, 2011 at 7:00 am

I’m with Catherine – The recent Top Chef episode where Carla was named the winner by Jimmy Fallon was AWESOME.

Your pot pie looks delicious but…….the best pot pies have a crust on the bottom and the top!

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jenna February 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

I’ll have to try that next time…I’m a HUGE fan of as much crust as possible!

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Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) February 15, 2011 at 7:14 am

Haha did you get that plate at HomeGoods? It’s my current fave that I picked up in the clearance aisle for $3. ;)

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jenna February 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

I did! lol!

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Paj February 15, 2011 at 7:32 am

I’ve been dreaming about pot pie for the last two weeks too. I’ve never been brave enough to make it myself. This post must be a sign that it’s time to get over my fear.

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Amber K February 15, 2011 at 7:56 am

Oh…chicken pot pie. My hatred for that food started early and has lasted many years. ;)

It encompasses everything I hate, soupy consistency, meat, and soggy bread. And I’m soooo alone in this because my family ate it constantly because everyone else loved it!

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katie February 15, 2011 at 8:04 am

You love this pot pie, huh? ;)

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Kimberly February 15, 2011 at 8:28 am

Yum! This looks tasty! By the way, I made your sea salt brownies for my boyfriend last night…and while I’m not looking for a husband just yet…they’re definitely going to keep him around for awhile. ;)

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Lu February 15, 2011 at 9:05 am

That looks amazing! That kind of comfort food makes me happy. I’d love to have a plate of it in front of me right now. Does it ship well?

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jenna February 15, 2011 at 9:55 am

No…I wouldn’t ship this unless you ship it frozen on dry ice!

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Jess @ MTL Veggie February 15, 2011 at 9:17 am

Mmm pot-pies absolutely scream comfort food! Anyone have a veggie-version they’d like to share? :)

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Eleanor October 17, 2012 at 2:35 am

Honestly, I would use this recipe, add mushrooms and whatever other vegies you want, and substitute the chicken stock for vegie stock.
I play around with this recipe every time I make it, and often will greatly reduce the amount of chicken :)
the white sauce base that this one uses is divine!

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Natalia - a side of simple February 15, 2011 at 9:17 am

Chicken pot pie is one of my very top favorite recipes my mom makes. It’s one of those that’s way up there with lasagna. They just taste so much “homier” when mom makes them. Don’t worry. I’m forwarding this to her so she can get it ready for me next time I go home ;)

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Katie @ Pop Culture Cuisine February 15, 2011 at 9:29 am

I recently made Paula Deen’s famous chicken pot pie recipe and she also uses puff pastry for the crust. My husband and I had never heard of that before, but boy was it a nice contrast to that rich filling.

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jenna February 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

oh man..Paula Deen sure does know her pot pies!

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Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) February 15, 2011 at 9:30 am

gorgeous. what’s the best veggie filling for a pot pie?

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jenna February 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

hmm I’d say sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, squash? that would be delicious!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 15, 2011 at 9:48 am

I made a vegan pot pie a few months ago, and now you’ve got me thinking that I HAVE to recreate that again! So So SOOOo good!

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Amanda (Eating Up) February 15, 2011 at 9:49 am

I love chicken pot pie because it’s like a massive chicken biscuit. YUM!

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Eloise @ Pie and Prejudice February 15, 2011 at 9:51 am

I have been DYING to make chicken pot pie with a homemade crust. Pies are my absolute favorite thing to bake and I think a savory version would be outstanding…
I just need an audience to enjoy the fruits (or, in this case, chicken) of my labor!

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Baking 'n' Books February 15, 2011 at 9:53 am

You had me at Pie. Are there veggies in it….didn’t notice ;)

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Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

Mmmm….this looks great. I’ve never used puff pastry before and now I can’t wait to get my hands on some! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

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Emily @ Savory and Savage February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

Butter, cream and puff pastry? Sold!

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Krissy February 15, 2011 at 10:25 am

I just made something akin to a chicken pot pie (all similar fillings) but tossed and baked with pasta. Question: If you wanted a bottom crust to this would you just cook a sheet of puff pastry before filling or do you think that wouldn’t work at all?

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Maria February 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

My hubs would love me even more if I made this for him. Will have to try it soon!

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R @ Learning As I Chop February 15, 2011 at 10:42 am

I recently made potpie but the pasty sunk into the dish. I think I need to take your advice and use two sheets of pastry plus fold over the sides of the dish. Thanks!

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simple hungry broke February 15, 2011 at 10:46 am

chicken pot pie, yet another recipe i have to try of yours. looks amazing.

just wanted to show you my attempt at your fantastic turkey chili:
http://simplehungrybroke.com/2011/02/15/recipe-turkey-chili/

thanks for sharing!

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Jenny February 15, 2011 at 11:51 am

this looks delectible ..no clue how to spell that or really even what it means..but it sounds good to use for this.

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em February 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm

do you think i could halve this? and just cook it for less time? or not?

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Laura February 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm

This looks delicious, but I have an onion intolerance, unfortunately – how much do you think it would affect the flavour to leave out the onion? I know it can make a huge difference to some recipes.

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jenna February 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

yikes…are you allergic or you just don’t like onions? You could try using one shallot instead but I wouldn’t leave it out completely!

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Josephine @ Creating a Positive Life February 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm

This looks so yummy-licious. I am going to try it sometime. This reminds me of Carla on Top Chef freaking out about chicken pot pies!

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Jaime February 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I’ve had puff pastry in my freezer for a few months now just waiting for a good pot pie recipe to tackle.

Adding to meal plan!!

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MichelleSuzette February 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Ohmygoodness. I will need to make this asap. Pot pie is my ultimate comfort food!

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Stephanie Rose February 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

i want all your dishes and your le creuset pan and that includes the chicken pot pie.

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Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) February 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

This is genius. Two of my favorite things together. :)

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Danielle @ InDeesKitchen February 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Yum! Looks great, Jenna!!

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Rachel @ Healthy Teacher February 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I love chicken pot pie. And, I love comfort food.

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helen February 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm

this looks gooood. i made shutterbean’s chicken pocket pies with puff pastry b/c it’s what i had on hand and i wasn’t in the mood for making a homemade crust http://www.shutterbean.com/savory-chicken-pocket-pies/. they turned out soooo yummy! yay puff pastry!

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Jerilynne February 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

This looks SO good. Except I don’t eat chicken =(. Do you think you could just leave it out of the recipe and still have it turn out okay?? Or should I substitute more vegetables in or something?

Also- what are your thoughts on freezing this? I live by myself.. so even if I halved the recipe, that would still be a lot of pot pie!! Do you think I could freeze if before the baking step and then defrost/bake when I’m ready for it??

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Michelle February 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Absolutely.
Friggan’.
Delicious.

I made it tonight, only with beef instead of chicken. I thought I had enough chicken, but alas. It was still sooooo good, though–so rich, creamy, and comforting. This is happening again, for sure!

And, y’know, leftovers for breakfast.

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anon September 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm

This looks nice but you forgot to take the sticker off your le creuset roaster before you used it lol

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Emily November 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I just got around to making this…and I think we may have it again next week! THIS IS AMAZING!

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Emily December 19, 2011 at 10:48 am

Hi Jenna!

I have now made a dairy-free version of this which I posted on my blog… Thanks so much for the recipe and inspiration! I haven’t been able to eat pot pie (one of my very favorite foods) since I realised I couldn’t have dairy products so this was such a treat!

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

~Emily~

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victoria December 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I am making a list of needs for this recipe and in your pic, i spy something purple? or dark but i don’t see anything in the ingredients that would be that color…what would it be? did you add something not in the recipe???

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RJ February 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I made this tonight – so delicious! Definitely a keeper!! Thanks!

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candy cavalier March 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Try using soup if short on time.. Just thicken soup with cornstarch and water mixed and added to soup. I use progressive beef and vegetable soup since it is a thicker soup. Bake till golden brown.

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Whitney March 18, 2012 at 7:22 am

We had company over last night. I made this and they LOVED it. It was amazing!! The puff pastry crust was perfect. I will defiantly be making this again soon.

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Lindsey April 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

For the first time ever, I LOVED chicken pot pie. So tasty. Thank you!

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Christie April 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Hi, your chicken pot pie recipe looks so delicious! My question is what is the 1/4 cup of cream? Heavy cream, 1/2 and 1/2? I was just curious :) Thanks so much!

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Nancy White April 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Hello Jenna,

Love this recipe; making it this week-end. I’m wondering, can I receive posts automatically to my email address? Keeps me in the loop, and inspired!

Thank you,
Nancy

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jenna April 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm

You will be able to do that soon! Working on the site redesign currently and there will be an email newsletter to go along with it. Thanks!

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Melissa August 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I decided to attempt this recipe tonight, having never made pot pie before, nor using puff pastry. This turned out so wonderful! My husband and i both loved it! I cant believe i actually made this fantastic meal!

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Jen October 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

We loved your recipe! What was the name of the restaurant you went to in Carmel for the chicken pot pie? We are going there to attend a wedding next weekend.

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jenna October 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Casanova!

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Marci Riehle November 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Made this last night and OMG it was absolutely amazing!!! My entire family kept going back for more! No leftovers at all!!

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Amy James November 16, 2012 at 5:42 am

Made it for the second time last night as a request from my girls. My husband didn’t like pot pie, but this recipe has changed his mind. So good, so easy.

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Jennifer February 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Found your pot pie recipe! It was delicious. Even my husband who doesn’t like pot pie or chicken or anything creamy with chicken loved it. Definitely going to be making this again. :-)

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puff and pie May 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm

mmmmmmmmmmmm GOOD!!
This was delicious…simply delicious…it was like eating air…it is so light and fluffy and refreshing. The flavour is wonderful, you can taste the pudding, the cream, the marshmallow and raspberries, with a hint of banana and chocolate. This was so yummy, and it was quick and easy to make. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks so much for sharing…

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Andrea September 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Hi Jenna,
Such a great dish. I have made it several times and it is always fabulous! Thanks for sharing :-)

Should I change the baking time and/or temp if I make it ahead of time and bake after it has been refrigerated overnight?

Andrea

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Emily May 10, 2014 at 6:56 am

I made this the other night and…oh man….it was AMAZING. I felt like a real chef making that rue! Haha, but it was super easy and satisfying :) Will be adding this to my recipe book.

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jane May 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm

jenna! this is amazing. just made this. so easy and so delish. i feel bad that i am going to get all the credit for such an amazing dish. ;) thanks for sharing and enjoy your new little one.

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