Chicken Pot Pie is the ultimate comfort food! This TESTED and PERFECTED recipe features a flavorful, homemade pot pie filling with a flakey, buttery puff pastry crust.

It’s easy to make the filling in just 20 minutes, then let the oven do the rest of the work for you. This pot pie recipe is guaranteed to become a family favorite for years to come!

spoon dipping into baked chicken pot pie with puff pastry crust

This Cajun Pot Pie recipe has been on the blog since 2016 and it’s still one of my all-time favorite recipes! For those that want something a little more traditional, I took all of the delicious elements in this popular recipe and used them to make this classic homemade chicken pot pie recipe.

It’s now been on regular rotation in my house for the last 6 months and I don’t see it coming out of the menu rotation anytime soon! It’s everything you could want in the classic comfort food dish. A flavorful, creamy filling paired with a crispy, buttery crust. It’s mouth-watering good and simple to make!

The pot pie filling can be made ahead of time (and doubled or tripled!) so all you have to do when it’s dinner time, is fill up the puff pastry crust with the pre-made filling and pop the pot pie in the oven! It’s delicious on it’s own or served with a side of my famous Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes for the ultimate comfort food meal!

ingredients for chicken pot pie

Ingredients

  • Puff pastry dough – you’ll find a box of this dough in the freezer section at the grocery store. Make sure to purchase a package that contains 2 sheets of puff pastry dough. Since the dough is frozen, you’ll want to remove it from the freezer before starting the recipe to let it thaw at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  • Unsalted butter
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • All-purpose flour
  • Chicken broth
  • Dried thyme
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cooked, shredded chicken breast meat – this recipe gives you the perfect excuse to purchase a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store! Remove and shred the breast meat from the cooked chicken to add it to the pot pie filling. You can also pressure cook or grill one pound of chicken breasts, then shred or dice the meat to add it to the filling.
  • Frozen peas
  • Egg
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Step by step instructions

  1. Prepare the bottom puff pastry crust. Thaw the puff pastry sheets by removing them from the packaging and letting them sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes. Place one of the sheets of puff pastry dough on a floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into an approximately 12 inch square. Press the puff pastry into an 8 inch by 8 inch square casserole dish. Trim any excess puff pastry from around the edges of the dish. Use a fork to prick the puff pastry several times on the bottom and sides. This will allow air to get through the puff pastry, so that the bottom dough doesn’t puff up too much.
  2. Bake the puff pastry crust. Place a piece of aluminum foil over the puff pastry dough in the baking dish and press down so that it covers the dough in the dish. Place in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside until you’re ready to fill it with the pot pie filling.
  3. Cook the vegetables. While the bottom piece of puff pastry is baking in the oven, prepare the pot pie filling. Melt butter in a large skillet, or dutch oven, over medium heat. Add diced carrots, onions and celery, and cook for 5-6 minutes. Add minced garlic and continue cooking for an additional minute. Sprinkle flour evenly over the vegetables in the skillet.
  4. Make the roux. Stir the vegetables and flour together until the flour begins to turn golden brown. Slowly stir in chicken broth and turn the heat up on the stove until the broth begins to boil. Cook and stir until the mixture boils and thickens, then season with thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Add the chicken and peas to the skillet and stir to combine. Then remove the filling from the heat on the stove.
  6. Assemble the pot pie. Add the pot pie filling to the pre-baked bottom crust in the square casserole dish.
  7. Add the top crust. Unfold the remaining puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll it out a little thinner. Cut the pastry into 6 equal strips. Weave the strips of puff pastry over the chicken pot pie filling, tucking the excess dough inside the baking dish, or trimming any excess pastry dough that overlaps the sides of the baking dish. Combine one egg and one tablespoon water to make an egg wash. Brush the egg wash over the strips of puff pastry dough.
  8. Bake the pot pie. Place the pot pie in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the puff pastry crust is golden brown.
baked chicken pot pie with puff pastry crust on wood serving tray with fresh thyme

Why I love this recipe

  1. The flakey, buttery puff pastry crust! I know that there are a lot of crust options when it comes to pot pie, from a traditional pie crust, to biscuits, to crescent roll dough. But for me, there’s only one way to make a pot pie, and that’s with a puff pastry crust! The crispy crust pairs perfectly with the creamy filling for the ultimate chicken pot pie!
  2. The flavorful, classic, creamy filling! There’s no added spices or ingredients in this filling, just a classic, creamy chicken pot pie filling with tons of flavor and plenty of chicken and veggies to fill you up!
  3. It’s easy to make, and even prep ahead! While the total baking time is almost an hour, the hands-on time for this pot pie recipe is only 20 minutes. And you can prep the filling ahead of time, so that it’s easy to toss the pot pie together quickly for a weeknight meal!

Tips and tricks

  • Always cook the pot pie on the middle rack of the oven. This will ensure even distribution of heat and will guarantee that the filling is warm and bubbly, while the puff pastry crust is brown and crispy.
  • Always watch the pot pie during the last 10 minutes of baking time. You definitely don’t want to burn the puff pastry crust, so after 35 minutes of baking time, I always pop on the light in the oven and watch the puff pastry crust for the last 5-10 minutes of baking time to ensure it does not burn.
  • Do not try to make the pot pie with the puff pastry dough still frozen! The puff pastry will fall apart and will not bake properly. If you forget to thaw your puff pastry dough before starting the recipe, remove the dough from the package, set it on a floured cutting board and place it somewhere warm. If you have the stove or oven on, you can set it near there so that it will thaw quicker.
baked chicken pot pie with puff pastry crust

Frequently asked questions

  • Can you make the filling ahead of time? Yes, the pot pie filling can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, until you’re ready to assemble and bake the pot pie. I do not recommend assembling the pot pie ahead of time with the puff pastry dough, as it will affect the texture of the baked puff pastry crust.
  • Can you freeze chicken pot pie filling? Yes, the filling can be stored in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Before making the pot pie, I recommend defrosting the filling overnight in the refrigerator. You can then make the recipe exactly as instructed. Pre-baking the bottom puff pastry crust, adding the filling, then topping it with the remaining puff pastry crust and baking it for 35- 45 minutes in the oven.
  • Can you double or triple the recipe? Yes, simply hover over the “servings” in the recipe card below and where it says 4 people, change that number to 8 to double the recipe, or 12 to triple the recipe. The ingredient amounts in the recipe card will automatically update to reflect the new serving amounts. You can make a double batch of the filling and freeze half of it to make another pot pie later. Or you can bake two pot pies to serve 8 people, or for 4 people, plus delicious leftovers to eat throughout the week!
  • How long with leftovers last? Leftover chicken pot pie will stay good in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
  • How do you reheat chicken pot pie? It can be reheated in the microwave, but I recommend reheating it in the oven for the best texture. When reheating it in the oven, place pieces of pot pie on a baking sheet and cover them loosely with foil. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes, or until the pot pie filling is warm.
  • How do you make a gluten-free pot pie? Substitute cornstarch for the flour in the pot pie filling and use gluten-free puff pastry dough to make the crust.

What to serve with it

Chicken pot pie is a delicious meal on it’s own, but it’s also delicious when served with these scrumptious side dishes!

sliced of chicken pot pie on plate

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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie is the ultimate comfort food! This TESTED and PERFECTED recipe features a flavorful, homemade pot pie filling with a flakey, buttery puff pastry crust.

Ingredients

  • 17.3 ounce package puff pastry, 2 sheets – thawed
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Unfold 1 puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.
  • Use a rolling pin to roll the pastry sheet into a 12-inch square.
  • Press the pastry into an 8 inch x 8 inch square casserole dish.
  • Trim any excess pastry that overlaps the outside of the casserole dish.
  • Prick the pastry thoroughly with a fork on the sides and bottom.
  • Place a piece of aluminum foil over the puff pastry dough in the baking dish and press down so that it covers the dough in the dish.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and remove the aluminum foil.
  • While the pastry is in the oven, heat the butter in a large skillet, or dutch oven, over medium heat.
  • Once the butter is melted, add the carrots, onions and celery, cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook while stirring for 1-2 minutes or until the flour is golden brown.
  • Slowly stir in chicken broth and turn the heat up on the stove until the broth begins to boil. 
  • Cook and stir until the mixture boils and thickens.
  • Add the thyme, salt and black pepper.
  • Add the shredded chicken and peas. Stir to combine.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat.
  • Spoon the chicken mixture into the already cooked puff pastry in the casserole dish.
  • Unfold the remaining pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll it out a little thinner.
  • Cut the pastry sheet into 6 equal strips.
  • Weave the strips of puff pastry over the chicken pot pie filling, tucking the excess dough inside the baking dish, or trimming any excess pastry dough that overlaps the sides of the baking dish.
  • Whisk the egg and water together in a small bowl to make an egg wash.
  • Brush the egg wash over the strips of puff pastry dough.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the puff pastry crust is golden brown.

Notes

  • For the cooked, shredded chicken – you can either purchase a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, then remove and shred the breast meat. Or you can pressure cook or grill one pound of chicken breasts, then shred or dice the meat to add it to the filling.
  • Always cook the pot pie on the middle rack of the oven. This will ensure even distribution of heat and will guarantee that the filling is warm and bubbly, while the puff pastry crust is brown and crispy.
  • Always watch the pot pie during the last 10 minutes of baking time. You definitely don’t want to burn the puff pastry crust, so after 35 minutes of baking time, I always pop on the light in the oven and watch the puff pastry crust for the last 5-10 minutes of baking time to ensure it does not burn.
  • Do not try to make the pot pie with the puff pastry dough still frozen! The puff pastry will fall apart and will not bake properly. If you forget to thaw your puff pastry dough before starting the recipe, remove the dough from the package, set it on a floured cutting board and place it somewhere warm. If you have the stove or oven on, you can set it near there so that it will thaw quicker.
  • The pot pie filling can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, until you’re ready to assemble and bake the pot pie. I do not recommend assembling the pot pie ahead of time with the puff pastry dough, as it will affect the texture of the baked puff pastry crust.
  • The filling can be stored in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Before making the pot pie, I recommend defrosting the filling overnight in the refrigerator. You can then make the recipe exactly as instructed. Pre-baking the bottom puff pastry crust, adding the filling, then topping it with the remaining puff pastry crust and baking it for 35- 45 minutes in the oven.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled, or tripled. Simply hover over the “servings” above and where it says 4 people, change that number to 8 to double the recipe, or 12 to triple the recipe. The ingredient amounts will automatically update to reflect the new serving amounts. You can make a double batch of the filling and freeze half of it to make another pot pie later. Or you can bake two pot pies to serve 8 people.
  • Leftover chicken pot pie will stay good in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
  • Chicken pot pie can be reheated in the microwave, but I recommend reheating it in the oven for the best texture. When reheating it in the oven, place pieces of pot pie on a baking sheet and cover them loosely with foil. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes, or until the pot pie filling is warm.
  • To make a gluten free pot pie, substitute cornstarch for the flour in the pot pie filling and use gluten-free puff pastry dough to make the crust.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 1033kcal (52%)Carbohydrates 78g (26%)Protein 39g (78%)Fat 63g (97%)Saturated Fat 20g (100%)Polyunsaturated Fat 7gMonounsaturated Fat 31gTrans Fat 1gCholesterol 144mg (48%)Sodium 1221mg (51%)Potassium 947mg (27%)Fiber 6g (24%)Sugar 7g (8%)Vitamin A 6200mg (124%)Vitamin C 31mg (38%)Calcium 85mg (9%)Iron 6mg (33%)
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