This delicious Chicken Pot Pie is guaranteed to become your new obsession. Ready in under an hour from start to finish, it’s loaded with tender chicken and vegetables, and then baked under a flaky crust. A comfort food dream come true.

Chicken pot pie in a white bowl.

Love pot pies, but hate the thought of making your own pie crust? This might be the best news you’ll read all day: frozen pie crust makes a killer pot pie. It’s true.

When you have leftover rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken from the weekend, it can be magically transformed into a dinner that’s devoured by everyone at the table without a single complaint. You might as well make two pot pies and thank yourself tomorrow.

Recipe ingredients:

Labeled chicken pot pie ingredients.

Ingredient notes:

  • Pie crust: Frozen is fine or you can make your own pie crust. You’ll need two crusts, top and bottom, to make one pot pie.
  • Cooked chicken: Poached chicken, rotisserie chicken, or even leftover turkey.
  • Chicken broth: Store-bought or homemade chicken broth is just fine.
  • Frozen vegetables: To substitute fresh veggies you need to cook them first. Add the raw chopped vegetables (carrots, celery, corn, green beans, etc.) into a saucepan. Then cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer over medium-low heat until the carrots are tender, about 8 minutes. Drain the vegetables in a colander and proceed with the recipe.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Press one pie crust gently press into the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Cook the onions in the melted butter until softened translucent. Whisk in the flour until combined. Then pour in the chicken broth and the milk, stirring while it cooks. The mixture will thicken and start to bubble. Add the chicken and the vegetables. Remove the filling from the heat, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
    Chicken pot pie filling ingredients in a black skillet.
  2. To assemble the pot pie, spoon the filling into the crust-lined pie plate.
    Chicken pot pie filling in uncooked pie crust.
  3. Cover it with the second crust. Seal the edges of the two crusts and pinch them together with your fingers. Don’t forget to cut a few slits in the top crust to let steam escape as it bakes. To prevent the edges of the pie crust from burning, you can place strips of foil around the edges of the pie during the first 20 or so minutes of baking.
    Pre baked chicken pot pie.
  4. Remove the foil halfway through, about 20 minutes in, and continue to bake for 15 to 20 more minutes until the pot pie crust is golden brown.
    Chicken pot pie in a silver pie tin.

Recipe tips and variations:

  • Season the filling: Just like with casseroles, you need to season the filling before you fill the pie. If you don’t, your filling may be bland.
  • Fresh vegetables: Raw vegetables don’t cook thoroughly inside the pie, and they may release extra liquid that will water down the filling. Therefore, before you begin, you should par-cook them before adding them to the filling.
  • Other ingredients: Hate peas? Leave them out. You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand: leftover roasted green beans, or a handful or last night’s broccoli. Cooked vegetables can be stirred into the creamy filling in place of any frozen veggies. Throw in some aromatic vegetables, like celery or leeks, and sauté them with the onions until soft. Add herbs, sautéed mushrooms, anything you want.
  • Use foil: Every oven is a little different, and some may run hotter than others. To prevent the edges of the pie crust from burning, place strips of foil around the edges during the first 20 or so minutes of baking.

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Chicken pot pie in a white bowl.

Chicken Pot Pie

This delicious Chicken Pot Pie is guaranteed to become your new obsession. Ready in under an hour from start to finish, it’s loaded with tender chicken and vegetables, and then baked under a flaky crust. A comfort food dream come true.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 6 servings
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 554

Ingredients 

  • 2 pie crusts thawed (homemade or from 1 box store-bought, see note 1)
  • 1/3 cup butter (about 5 tablespoons)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 14 ounces chicken broth (see note 2)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups cooked chicken diced or shredded (see note 3)
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables thawed (see note 4)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (see note 5)

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and adjust rack to middle position. Line a 9-inch pie plate with one unbaked crust.
  • In large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in flour until well-blended. Stir in broth and milk, cooking and stirring until bubbly and thickened.
  • Stir in chicken and mixed vegetables and remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper). Don't skip this step or your filling may be bland.
  • Spoon into prepared pie plate. Top with second crust; seal edge and flute. Cut slits in several places in top crust. Cover edge of crust with strips of foil to prevent scorching.
  • Bake 20 minutes. Remove foil strips and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer, until crust is golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  1. Pie crust: Frozen is fine or you can make your own pie crust. You’ll need two crusts, top and bottom, to make one pot pie. 
  2. Cooked chicken: Poached chicken, rotisserie chicken, or even leftover turkey.
  3. Chicken broth: Store-bought or homemade chicken broth is just fine.
  4. Frozen vegetables: To substitute fresh veggies you need to cook them first. Add the raw chopped vegetables (carrots, celery, corn, green beans, etc.) into a saucepan. Then cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer over medium-low heat until the carrots are tender, about 8 minutes. Drain the vegetables in a colander and proceed with the recipe.
  5. Season the filling: Just like with casseroles, you need to season the filling before you fill the pie. If you don't, your filling may be bland.
  6. Fresh vegetables: Raw vegetables don’t cook thoroughly inside the pie, and they may release extra liquid that will water down the filling. Therefore, before you begin, you should par-cook them before adding them to the filling. 
  7. Other ingredients: Hate peas? Leave them out. You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand: leftover roasted green beans, or a handful or last night’s broccoli. Cooked vegetables can be stirred into the creamy filling in place of any frozen veggies. Throw in some aromatic vegetables, like celery or leeks, and sauté them with the onions until soft. Add herbs, sautéed mushrooms, anything you want.
  8. Use foil: Every oven is a little different, and some may run hotter than others. To prevent the edges of the pie crust from burning, place strips of foil around the edges during the first 20 or so minutes of baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 554kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 25gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 683mgPotassium: 458mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 3593IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 3mg
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  1. Other than making my gravy a wee bit thinner and adding a few more mixed veggies, this is almost the same recipe I use and it’s excellent! I must try adding milk next time.5 stars

  2. This was so good! It tasted every bit as good as the chicken pot pie I’ve made for years that takes hours to make and bake. I did precook the frozen mixed veggies in the microwave. The chicken breasts cooked for 10 minutes with QR in the Instant Pot while I did everything else. Next time I might try puff pastry or my own pie crust, or just make the filling and bake up some biscuits, but this recipe is definitely one I will make over and over. I’ve made several of your recipes and they are all amazing. Keep them coming!5 stars

    1. Hi Barbara! I’m preparing to make this dish and wanted to ask you what “QR” means… is that a cooking feature on the instant pot? Thank you!
      Meggan, I tried your sloppy joe recipe last night for the first time… and it tasted great! Now, I’m exploring more recipes on your website. Thank you! -Esther

    2. Hi Esther, I’m not Barbara but QR means “Quick Release” also known as “Quick Pressure Release” on some instant pots. I am so glad you loved the sloppy joes!! They are my fave. If you need anything else, just let me know. :) -Meggan