Monday, September 19, 2011

Pioneer Woman's Chicken Pot Pie: Secret Recipe Club

Secret Recipe Club
Pioneer Woman's Chicken Pot Pie

I just love getting my assignment from the Secret Recipe Club. Even though I am a host, I don't assign the blogs, that's Amanda's job. Each month I am still so excited to see who I got. If you'd like more info or care to join us, click on over and read all about it the Secret Recipe Club. I also have my own CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE if you are interested in another cooking adventure, you can read about that too.

Secret Recipe Club

This month I received a blog that I was unfamiliar with A Little Nosh, even more fun. I had about an hour to spare the day I got the assignment, so I went a reading and a searching. Amy the blog owner, loves give-aways. She has done some amazing give-aways on her blog.

A Little Nosh

I came across a few recipes I think we would enjoy: Zucchini LasagnaHomemade Pizza SauceHawaiian BBQ Sandwiches and I've always wanted to try to make Kale Chips, she even had a recipe for those. I've eaten Kale Chips, but not made them yet. She had a version of Catalina Chicken too, this is my families FAVORITE chicken, here is our recipe Catalina Chicken. Since I already have that recipe on my blog I continued to look. And well I looked all the way back to earlier this year, February 2011 to be exact and I found it. I found the perfect recipe for this month's Secret Recipe Club: Chicken Pot Pie and not any Chicken Pot Pie, it was Pioneer Woman's Chicken Pot Pie. 

I have been wanting to make this pot pie and this just gave me that little push I needed. She made the Pioneer Women's Chicken Pot Pie, straight out of her cookbook. Well, since I have the cook book and have been dieing to cook from it, I pulled the recipe, got all the ingredients and made it that weekend. I was having some girls over to scrapbook so I served it to them and YEP, they LOVED IT TOO! They thought it was the BEST pot pie they had ever eaten. This will now be the ONE and ONLY pot pie recipe that I will ever make!  I LOVE it when I find that ULTIMATE recipe and I never have to worry about searching for that "perfect" recipe, for this that or the other. Well, this is another ULTIMATE and nope there will never be another. :-)

I used a combo of fresh and frozen and mine turned out delicious!
I am sure all frozen would work as well as all fresh ingredients!

My ONLY bummer is that I did not read the directions the night before and did not know that Pioneer Woman's pie crust must be left over night. This made for a last minute change and I used my mother-in-laws tried and true homemade pot pie crust. I've posted the recipe before, but here are more pictures and detailed directions. When I make the pot pie again, I would love to try Pioneer Woman's Homemade crust and see how it compares. But until then, mine worked out wonderfully.

Okay, please don't mess with my pie crust. As you can see I had way to much on
one side and kind of tried to roll it over. I am still working on my pie-skills.
They aren't perfect by any means! But, oh it was so delicious anyways!
I can't wait to make this for my mother-in-law. She is gonna LOVE it!

Easy Homemade Pie Crust
from my Mother-in-Law Charlotte 

2 cups flour
1 cup Butter Flavor Shortening
1/2 cup COLD ICE water (just don't use the ice)
pinch of salt

This recipe will make enough for a top and bottom pie crust for a normal size pie tin.

Mix flour, shortening and salt with a pastry knife (or a fork if you don't have one). Once it's all mixed together then add COLD water and continue mixing. Cut into half and roll out one at a time onto a flour surface. Roll until you get your desired shape (ie: round for a pie tin).

This pie recipe works great for this Hamburger Pie, Turkey Pot Pie and also is wonderful for dessert pies too!
Pioneer Woman's Chicken Pot Pie
from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, found inspiration on A Little Nosh

3 celery stalks
3 medium carrots, peeled (I used a bag of frozen green beans, peas, carrots)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 large onion
4 tbsp butter
2 cups chicken, cooked, diced or shredded
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/4 cup white wine (optional)
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp Herb de Provence (replaced with this because we HATE thyme)
1 tsp kosher salt
black pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400.

Begin by finely dicing the fresh vegetables, celery, carrots and onions. Melt the butter in a large pot or dutch oven. Add the onion, carrots, celery and peas (or mixed frozen vegetables, like I did). Saute until the vegetables start to soften, a few minutes. Add the chicken and stir to combine. Sprinkle the flour evenly over the vegetables and chicken and stir to combine. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring gently.

Pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly. Stir in the bouillon cube and wine, if using. The flour will combine with the chicken to create a delicious gravy. Pour in the cream and stir. Allow mixture to cook over low heat, thickening gradually, about 4 minutes. Season with herbs de provence, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. Be sure it's adequately salted!

We like a crust on the bottom and on the top. The above homemade crust makes enough crust for a bottom and a top. Cut the crust in half and roll out to cover the bottom. Pour the chicken mixture into a deep pie pan. (as I was pouring I realized there was enough "stuff" to fill TWO pie pans). Boy, was I HAPPY!!! one to eat and one to freeze. If you want to cook the froze Chicken Pot Pie, I usually defrost over night in the refrigerator and then cook normal time. But if you want to cook from frozen-state, you should add foil to the top so that it does not burn. Cook on lower temperature and for about 1-1/2 x the amount of time!

Now, finish the top off with the other half of the crust. Roll it out to 1" larger then the pan. Place the crust on top of the chicken mixture and cut small slits in the top with a fork. Press the crust gently into the sides of the dish to seal. I still need to work on my crusting-skills to get it perfectly looking. 

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling in bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

I was so excited when I discovered that this recipe made not one but two of these delicious pot pie recipes. And like always I love making an extra recipe to have for a busy night. I can't wait to eat this again SOON!!! 
The perfect Chicken Pot Pie that will now become my families "go-to" recipe!
Thank You Pioneer Woman and A Little Nosh for pushing me to make this AWESOME recipe!

Here are a list of my past Secret Recipe Club recipes: Raspberry & Nutella Pizza, Cucumber Salad, Bean Roll-Up and Blueberry Muffins (Gluten-Free)

One Year Ago Today: Sour Cream Blueberry-Blackberry Muffins


  1. Looks delish! Thanks for being our host Tina, glad you are getting my emails :)

  2. Tina, the pot pie looks fabulous. Thank you for hosting Group B for this months SRC, I can't wait to see the rest!

  3. Thanks for hosting! This pot pie looks delicious even at this hour of the morning ;)

  4. That looks fabulous. Great pick for the SRC!

  5. Great choice, Tina! I loved that recipe, and now that the weather's turning, I'll definitely be making it again.

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

  6. Thanks, Tina for all the work you put into getting group "B" organized. That pot pie looks scrumptious.

  7. I love this pot pie as well. I've made this recipe and the pot pie recipe from PW's site and the cookbook one trumps the other by far. Nice job.

  8. Excellent post! I'm so glad to be a part of this group for the first time today :)

  9. Perfect recipe now that Fall has snuck in. Yum.

  10. Yum! I am going to have to convert this to gluten & dairy free and stick some in the freezer, too! I love when chicken pot pie is so full of tasty goodness. And thanks for all the hard work getting group B organized! :)

  11. Stopping by from group B. So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Great post! This chicken pot pie looks delish!

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to drop by my blog and check out my SRC recipe this month: Avocado Omelet

  12. YUM! Comfort food at it's finest. This looks wonderful!

  13. looks great! Love the extra pie for freezer too. Such a timesaver. One question, about the frozen pie, how long does it take for reheating, etc.
    and thanks for the SRC group B organization!

  14. This looks great! I love all your photos! Thanks again for hosting group B!

  15. This looks delicious and I love that you can make an extra for the freezer for a busy weeknight. Yummy!

  16. Oh, this looks so good! Very excited to try another pot pie recipe.

  17. Wow this looks amazing! I love that it makes a second pie for the freezer. I am all about making larger batch meals for busy days.

    Thanks for hosting such a fun event.

  18. YUM!!! Your pie looks wonderful! I can't wait to make it. YAY! It's almost time for cooler weather. Well, not until December for me...but soon. HA! Thanks for hosting! This is so much fun! :)

  19. I love how crumbly the crust is, looks like such a good pot pie recipe! Happy reveal day for SRC =)

  20. I love chicken pot pie Tina and this look georgeous and delicious! gloria

  21. This looks like a great recipe. It is fun cooking with you in the SRC. Hope you are having a great day and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

  22. That pie looks amazing. It's a cold, rainy day here and that would make the perfect dinner for tonight!

  23. Mmmmmmm!!! I love chicken pot pie. LOVE IT. I think I'll make it this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  24. This looks totally heavenly! I love that you made another one for the freezer too! Perfect!!! thanks for hosting =o)

  25. Looks fantastic! I especially love the one in the freezer. Cook once-eat twice.

  26. This looks great! I was just saying this morning we haven't had this in a really long time! Now I have a great new recipe to try! Great SRC pick!

  27. This looks great! I like chicken pot pie and yours looks delicious!

  28. Looks delish and pot pie is always a hit with both my husband and daughter. Love the extra one in the freezer too!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC recipe this month: Welsh Cakes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  29. Thanks for hosting, Tina! I believe chicken pot pie is my all-time favorite dish. I can never get enough of it! I've tried many recipes, but this one you made looks great!

  30. Thank you so much for all you do. Pie looks wonderful and one for the freezer. A fav for everyone..........andi

  31. What a perfect excuse to try Pioneer Woman's Chicken Pot Pie! Looks so good, what comfort food. Thanks for hosting - I love SRC, such a wonderful way to get to know other people's blogs and test our their recipes!

  32. Now that looks like the perfect fall dish! I bet you'll be using that "extra" pot pie sooner rather than later!

  33. Tina, first thanks for all you do. SRC is such fun. This looks amazing, perfect for a fall dinner. The crust looks so flaky.

  34. That pie looks delicious. This is such a gr8 Challenge, I am waiting for my assignment to come throw.

  35. Looks delicious! I will have to save this for a nice comfort meal when winter rolls around!

  36. That look so yummy and creamy! And your crust looks so flaky and delish too! I have yet to make a Pioneer Woman recipe... I know, shocker!!! lol! This may have to be my first one!

    Great SRC pick and thanks for hosting :)

    Here's my SRC post -

  37. Tina this looks so yummy!! I love PW everything, I'm going to have to try this. Your photos are beautiful, I'm not usually a pot pie lover, but you made it look easy and yummy. I'm especially taken by the flaky crust, because most pot pies don't come out that flaky - yummy!!
    Thanks for picking this one (and for hosting group B)

  38. Thanks for being the hostess with the mostess... Group B loves you (and this scrumptious looking pot pie)! Theresa

  39. Amy's blog is great, and you have highlighted the recipe so well :)

  40. this dish looks great :) thanks for being such a great leader!

  41. Looks great Tina! Looks like I wasn't the only one to think that as yours was the mot popular link in the blog hop this week!

  42. Oh yum! This recipe turned out fabulous!! I love that it makes 2 pot pies. Great choice and I can't wait to try it!

  43. This is particularly timely for me, as I have actually written "Make a chicken pot pie" on my bucket list and I was resolved to not go another winter without making one! Yours looks so scrumptious and the crust wonderfully flaky. Great job!

  44. I love chicken pot pies! this looks really good! and I also agree about it being great when a recipe makes extra that you can freeze!

  45. Your pot pie looks amazing! Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Please join our link up for *Project LunchBox* You have awesome recipes that can inspire others to make healthy meals at home

  46. Did an onion hater's adaptation on my blog. it was a huge hit with the family. Thanks for the inspiration. Best chicken pot pie I've made.

  47. Hmm..I think I'll try this. Actually, its my first time to make pie. I'll get back on this page and let you know if what will be the outcome.Thanks selle agneau

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