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A farmhouse favorite! This old-fashioned, homemade chicken pot pie recipe is made from scratch with a flaky, buttery, double crust and a creamy chicken and vegetable filling. It’s the ultimate cozy, cold-weather comfort food dinner! Pair each slice with some fried apples, Southern collard greens, or a basket of pumpkin muffins.

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Old Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Chicken pot pie is a classic, old-fashioned savory pie that’s traditionally made with a flaky, buttery pie crust and a creamy chicken and vegetable filling. There are endless ways to prepare this dish — from single crusts to double crusts, puff pastry to biscuit toppings — and everything in between. This traditional chicken pot pie recipe is the absolute best, and will convert even non-pot-pie-lovers (like my husband and my kids) into true, raving fans.

You just can’t beat the made-from-scratch all-butter crust, which gets perfectly flaky and crisp in a cast iron skillet. Add a thick, rich filling and you’ve got an instant winner of a dinner. It’s a great way to use up leftover meat, but it’s also simple enough to prepare with a store-bought rotisserie chicken. When comfort food is calling your name, this is the only homemade chicken pot pie recipe that you will ever need!

Homemade pie crust before rolling out

Pie Crust for Chicken Pot Pie

Y’all. This crust is a total game-changer! It will transform your pot pie into a restaurant-quality dish, and it couldn’t be easier to make from scratch.

I first came across the all-butter pie crust recipe in pastry chef Erin Jeanne McDowell’s book, The Book on Pie. For years, I assumed that homemade pie crusts should be made with at least a little bit of shortening, but Erin’s all-butter recipe has changed my mind. It’s more flavorful than your average crust (thanks to the butter), and when I put it into a cast iron skillet for my favorite chicken pot pie recipe, it baked up golden brown, flaky, and crisp — not a soggy crust in sight! Of course, you can substitute with a package of refrigerated store-bought pie crusts, but trust me here…your chicken pot pie just won’t be quite as good.

Pie crust in a cast iron skillet

Ingredients for a Homemade Pie Crust

  • All-purpose flour: the base of the dough.
  • Salt: for depth of flavor.
  • Butter: keep it really cold for the flakiest crust.
  • Ice water: brings the dough together and keeps the ingredients cold.
Cutting pie crust into strips

Chicken Pot Pie Filling

Now let’s chat about the filling. It’s a simple made-from-scratch mixture of diced or shredded chicken, celery, onion, peas, carrots, and corn, all in a creamy white sauce that’s thickened with a roux. I use frozen peas and carrots, as well as frozen corn kernels, but you can substitute with 2 ½ cups of any mixed vegetables that you like.

You’ll need a total of about 3 cups of cooked, shredded or diced chicken for this recipe, and a variety of options will work. Pick the most convenient method for you:

  • Boiled and Pulled Chicken: Boil about 1 ½ lbs. of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs until cooked through (about 15 minutes). When cool enough to handle, chop or pull the chicken.
  • Rotisserie Chicken: This is a great shortcut! Purchase a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, shred the meat, and use in the recipe as instructed.
  • Leftover Chicken: If you have leftover grilled or baked chicken from a previous meal, put those extras to good use in this dish.
Process shot showing how to make chicken pot pie filling in a Dutch oven

Filling Ingredients — What’s In Chicken Pot Pie

Here’s a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need for this dish. As always, the complete recipe with specific measurements and instructions is included in the box at the bottom of this post.

  • Butter: to sauté the vegetables and make the roux.
  • Onion, celery, and garlic: classic aromatics that add depth of flavor to the dish.
  • All-purpose flour: to make the roux and thicken the sauce.
  • Chicken broth and whole milk: the liquid that thins the sauce.
  • Salt, pepper, and thyme: simple seasonings.
  • Cooked chicken: I like the convenience of a store-bought rotisserie chicken, but you can use leftovers from a previous meal or boil the chicken yourself.
  • Frozen peas and carrots; frozen corn kernels: a nice shortcut way to add vegetables to the pot pie.
Lattice top on a skillet chicken pot pie before baking

How to Make Homemade Chicken Pot Pie from Scratch

While this cozy meal requires a bit of time (to chill the dough, make the filling, and let it stand after baking), it’s not difficult at all, and the end result is well worth the effort. I think of it as a labor of love, because one bite of this incredible comfort food is like a giant hug from Grandma!

  1. Make the Pie Crust. Prepare the dough for a double crust, flatten into two discs, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days).
  2. Roll Out the Crust. Roll out one portion of the dough and place it in a 10-inch cast iron skillet. Take the other portion of dough, roll it out, transfer it to a baking sheet, and cut it into 1-inch strips. This will be the lattice topping on your pot pie. Return the dough to the fridge to chill again while you prepare the filling.
  3. Make the Filling. In a large skillet on the stovetop, prepare the creamy white sauce and stir in the chicken and vegetables.
  4. Assemble the Pot Pie. Transfer the filling to the skillet and top with the lattice crust. Don’t worry about making it look beautiful — this is a rustic pie that will taste delicious no matter how straight your lattice topping may (or may not) be!
  5. Bake. Bake the pot pie in a 425°F oven until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly — about 35 minutes. Let the pie stand for about 20-30 minutes before slicing and serving. This will give the filling time to set so that it slices easily, and will make it less likely that you burn your mouth!
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What to Serve with Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

This satisfying homemade chicken pot pie casserole really doesn’t need too much else on the side. Here are some easy options that go well with the classic comfort food if you’re looking to round out the meal:

Hands holding a cast iron skillet with a made from scratch chicken pot pie recipe

Make Ahead

Prepare the pie crust at least 1 hour ahead, or even a day or two in advance.

To make the filling in advance, prepare as instructed, transfer to an airtight container, and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to bake the pot pie, allow the filling to sit on the counter at room temperature for at least 30-60 minutes so that it’s not cold when you add it to the pie crust. Alternatively, you can freeze the pot pie filling in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

You can also assemble the entire pot pie and freeze it before baking. Wrapped tightly, the unbaked pot pie will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How to Bake Classic Chicken Pot Pie from Frozen

To bake the pot pie directly from frozen, preheat oven to 425°F. Place pot pie on a baking sheet, cover with foil, and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and continue baking for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the inside is bubbly.

Storage

Leftover baked chicken pot pie will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To Reheat

Allow the pie to sit on the counter at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before baking. Place the pie in a 300°F oven for about 30 minutes, or until heated through. If the crusts starts to get too brown, you can cover the edges with foil while the rest of the dish warms.

Slice of homemade chicken pot pie on a white plate

Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe Variations

  • Use any combination of frozen vegetables that you like. For instance, use only peas and carrots, or omit the peas and substitute with extra corn or extra carrots. Try steamed or boiled crisp-tender broccoli, or use cooked, diced potato. A bag of frozen “mixed vegetables,” which typically includes cut green beans, corn, carrots, and peas, is also a nice option.
  • Instead of making a double pie crust from scratch, use a box of store-bought refrigerated pie crusts.
  • If you don’t have a 10-inch cast iron skillet, you can substitute with a deep-dish pie plate or a 2-quart casserole dish. The cast iron skillet yields the best results, though.
  • Use leftover turkey instead of chicken.
  • Brush the top of the crust with an egg wash (beaten egg and 2 teaspoons – 1 tablespoon water) for an even deeper brown color and a bit of shine.
Side shot of classic chicken pot pie recipe in a skillet on a wooden table

Tips for the Best Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

  • A cast iron skillet conducts heat far better than a casserole dish or pie plate, so the crust on your pot pie becomes very crisp and flaky.
  • Place the skillet on the middle or bottom rack in your oven. This helps the bottom crust become nice and crisp, since it’s closer to the heating element.
  • Do not poke holes or cut slits in the bottom pie crust.
  • You know that the pot pie is done when the crust is golden brown on top. All of the filling ingredients are already cooked through, so if the inside is bubbly and the top is browned, it’s finished!
  • Allow about 20 minutes for the pie to rest before slicing and serving. This will give the filling a chance to set so that it doesn’t run out when you cut into it.
Classic chicken pot pie in a cast iron skillet with a lattice top pie crust

More Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipes to Try

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Classic Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

5 from 6 votes
Prep: 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 568 kcal
A farmhouse favorite! This old-fashioned Chicken Pot Pie recipe is made from scratch with a flaky, buttery, double crust and a creamy chicken and vegetable filling.

Ingredients
  

For the Crust (Yields a Double Crust):*

  • 2 ½ cups (300 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) (8 ounces) cold salted butter, cut into ½ -inch cubes
  • ½ cup ice water, plus more as needed

For the Filling:

  • cup salted butter
  • cup finely-diced onion
  • cup finely-diced celery
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh garlic (about 1 small clove)
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme (or about 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves)
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

Instructions

MAKE THE PIE CRUST:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the cold, cubed butter, tossing them through the flour until each piece is well coated. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour just until the pieces of butter are about the size of walnut halves.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the ice water, use your hands or a fork to toss the flour mixture with the water until the dough comes together. Do not knead. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough is properly hydrated (it shouldn’t be sticky, but it should hold together and you shouldn’t see any dry pockets of flour).
  • Divide the dough into two equal portions. Press each portion into a 1-inch thick disc. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour, or up to 2 days. You can also freeze the discs of pie dough for up to 3 months.

ROLL OUT THE PIE CRUST:

  • If the dough is very cold and hard, let the discs rest for 10-15 minutes at room temperature before rolling out. On a floured surface, roll out the first disc of dough to a large circle, about ⅛ – ¼ -inch thick. Make sure to roll and turn the dough so it doesn’t stick to the surface.
  • Grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet with cooking spray. Using the rolling pin, transfer the rolled out dough to the skillet. Cover with plastic wrap and place the skillet in the refrigerator while you roll out the second disc.
  • Roll out the second disc of dough to a large circle, using the same method as described above. Using a rolling pin, transfer the rolled out dough to a large platter or baking sheet. Cut the dough into 1-inch wide strips. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator while you make the filling.

MAKE THE FILLING:

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and celery; cook until soft (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute, stirring constantly. Whisk in the flour; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth and milk until smooth. Add the salt, pepper and thyme. Cook, whisking frequently, until thickened (about 4-5 minutes).
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in the chicken, peas and carrots, and corn.

ASSEMBLE PIE:

  • Pull the cast iron skillet with the bottom crust out of the refrigerator. Pour the chicken mixture into the crust. Weave the strips of pie crust in a lattice pattern on top of the chicken mixture. Trim the ends of the lattice strips to be even with the edges of the bottom crust. Press the ends of the top strips and the edges of the bottom crust together, and crimp if desired.
  • Bake on the middle rack in the 425°F oven until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 35 minutes. Let stand for 20-30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

*Can sub with 1 (14.1 ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
Prepare the pie crust at least 1 hour ahead, or even a day or two in advance.
To make the filling in advance, prepare as instructed, transfer to an airtight container, and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to bake the pot pie, allow the filling to sit on the counter at room temperature for at least 30 minutes so that it’s not cold when you add it to the pie crust. Alternatively, you can freeze the pot pie filling for in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
You can also assemble the entire pot pie and freeze it before baking. Wrapped tightly, the unbaked pot pie will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To bake from frozen, preheat oven to 425°F. Place pot pie on a baking sheet, cover with foil, and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and continue baking for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the inside is bubbly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/8 of the recipeCalories: 568kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 21gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 793mgPotassium: 350mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 3553IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 3mg
Keyword: Chicken Pot Pie, classic chicken pot pie, homemade chicken pot pie, old fashioned chicken pot pie
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

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This recipe was originally published in December, 2020. The photos were updated in March, 2022.

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    1. Hi, Jennifer! No, the crust doesn’t get soggy at all — especially if you use a cast iron skillet. A cast iron skillet conducts heat far better than a casserole dish or pie plate, so the crust on your pot pie becomes very crisp and flaky. You can substitute with a deep-dish pie plate or a 2-quart casserole dish, but the cast iron skillet yields the best results. Also, place the skillet on the middle or bottom rack in your oven. This helps the bottom crust become nice and crisp, since it’s closer to the heating element.

      Of course, if you don’t want to use the bottom crust, you can make the pot pie with only a top crust. Totally up to you!

    2. I have made this recipe a couple times now and it’s always so delicious! I do add a little white pepper with my spices, but other than that the recipe to a T. Always turns out great. It’s actually in my oven now. 😉

      I love your recipes and old style of cooking. Thank you. Hope you keep them coming.

  1. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe!! My first try at a chicken pot pie and it was absolute perfection. Best pie crust recipe I’ve ever used , it literally looked like a magazine photo.

    1. Yay, yay, yay! Thank you, Ali! I’m so happy to hear that you loved it as much as we do. Thanks for taking the time to come back here and leave a note. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for the first time and it turned out amazing, it really did look like it came out of a magazine phone! And the flavor was all there, delicious! I also made the suggested collard greens with it, also amazing easy to follow directions!

  3. 5 stars
    the flavor was all there, delicious! I also made the suggested collard greens with it, also amazing easy to follow directions!

  4. 5 stars
    The crust was . I have said I don’t like pie…but now I know I just don’t like dry. This was amazing and a wonderful introduction to making chicken pot pie. Thanks for the recipe. My only adjustment I may make in the future is to add more broth. I wished it had more juice after baking. Regardless it was good!