Leftover Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie – This warm, comforting meal in a flaky golden crust is sure to banish the winter chill and lift your spirits!
Pot Pie is one of those dishes that I randomly crave. Normally it’s the spicy, colorful cuisines that draw me in. In fact, I find the Pennsylvania Dutch style of cooking that dominates much of my home state downright boring. But sometimes on a winter day when the wind is whistling through the window panes and the cold chills you down to the bones, all I want is pot pie.
I remember a few years ago… okay, like 11 years ago now (but it seems like yesterday)… Mr. Simple Seasonal and I were engaged and traveling on a cold, misty night from the Philadelphia area to the middle of nowhere part of the state to visit my soon-to-be in-laws. I was EXHAUSTED from nursing school and the prospect of having to spend the weekend trying to get the aforementioned soon-to-be’s to like me sounded so un-comforting. I now know they’re lovely people… truly.
Midway between somewhere and nowhere we stopped for some dinnertime grub. I can’t quite remember what Dan ordered, but I do remember the pot pie that the waitress set before me. It was steaming and it’s hot gravy warmed me from the inside out. It was as if it melted my cold spirit and bad attitude so that I was ready for whatever the weekend held. That weekend, by the way, ended up being great! I just want to say that I was also quite warm the rest of the weekend because you know how older people like to crank the heat up!
This winter has been a chilly, snowy, and wet one. Naturally, my Leftover Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie is a recipe that keeps making it into our family’s dinner rotation. Every Thanksgiving I buy an enormous bird from a local farm and devote a day to cooking it. We spend the holiday at my parent’s house so I cook the bird and freeze it to enjoy all winter long. Now that we’re into February we still have a few dinner’s worth left. This Pot Pie recipe is a perfect way to use up those leftovers because I make it homemade, but not too homemade and time consuming, if you know what I mean.
Some shortcuts I take include using a store-bought crust and broth. I also use frozen mixed vegetables. Where I don’t cut corners is with the gravy. It’s deliciously balanced with herbs, garlic, onion, and celery. Back to my distaste for bland, boring food, this pot pie is anything but bland and it’s certainly not boring. It’s full of comfort and flavor that will warm your body and spirit from the inside out!
Note that the more westerly parts of Pennsylvania use the term “Pot Pie” to describe a dish that’s more like a soup or a stew that has a homemade doughy noodle. Being from the Philadelphia area, in this blog post I decided to bring you what I grew up eating. The doughy noodle version of pot pie is also super comforting and yummy too, so and I’m thinking I have an idea for a recipe to bring you next winter. 😉
This warm, comforting meal in a flaky golden crust is sure to banish the winter chill and lift your spirits! *At this time I prefer Immaculate Ready-to-Bake Pie Crust. The ingredients are better for you than most of the proprietary brands and the flavor’s pretty great, too (this is not an ad).
Leftover Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 569mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 15g
This warm, comforting meal in a flaky golden crust is sure to banish the winter chill and lift your spirits!
*At this time I prefer Immaculate Ready-to-Bake Pie Crust. The ingredients are better for you than most of the proprietary brands and the flavor’s pretty great, too (this is not an ad).
oh wow ! I need to eat this right now, it’s making me drool with hunger ! Everyone like a chicken pot pie, thanks for the recipe !
Haha! I hope you liked the recipe!
Love that you use leftover chicken for this! I love a good potpie!
Neriz @ food and journeys says
Who knew leftover chicken would be this good? 🙂 Even your assistant cannot wait to dig in! 😉
Haha! I love to assist with eating!
David @ Cooking Chat says
I love a good potpie! Sounds like you have some good memories associated with this recipe. I can see why it would be a keeper for a number of reasons.
Thanks David! Good memories go well with good comfort food!
I make roasted chicken every week so this recipe is great to use up those leftovers! Looks delicious!
Pot pie is my all-time favorite comfort food. I’ve only made it at home a couple of times because mine doesn’t compare to my mom’s. I am definitely trying this version.
Oh boy! I don’t know if I can compete with Mom’s Pot Pie! I hope it’s close though! 😉
What a great idea for leftover chicken or turkey! I’m all about saving on wasted food and this looks like the perfect second dish for any meat leftovers.
Thanks Kristina! After a holiday I always try to use up the leftovers!
Rezel Kealoha says
I need to make this before it starts getting warm. Your crust looks beautiful and these are one of my favorite savory pies!
Thanks! It’s been such a chilly winter and spring I feel like you have plenty of time to still give this a try!
Britt @ A Lil' Sweet, Spice, & Advice says
That pot pie looks AHHMAZING! That crust looks perfect, can’t believe it’s store-bought. I bet the pot pie at the restaurant melted all of your worries away, pot pie is always so comforting!
It is the ultimate comfort food!
Pot pie is a delicious and so satisfying addition to a cold evening! On my list to cook this week!
I hope you enjoyed! Keep warm with cold and snowy winter we’ve had!
I guess most of the people commenting didn’t actually make thie. I had it in the oven for 32minutes before I realized it was supposed to be 425!!! It says preheat to 350–I didn’t catch that at the end! No wonder it looks weird.