Chicken pot pie wasn’t something my mom made much of when we were growing up, however she did make a mean beef pie using leftover roast beef. The chicken variation was something I discovered in my Vancouver days during employee potlucks and lunches. I didn’t play with meat pies too much back then, but started to get more involved making them when I got married.
Chicken pot pie is one of those cook once eat twice meals when you have leftover baked or roasted chicken to use up. A few additional and simple pantry items like onions, potatoes, carrots and stock turn this into an easy to make and delicious meal. My frozen peas were getting ready to crawl away so I stirred the last of them into the pie when it came off the heat.
This recipe calls for some spices you may not have access to but don’t worry! Seriously. Grab some thyme, lemon pepper, Mrs Dash, oregano, or whatever seasonings you can find and improvise. Remember this is an easy and simple pie to make.
The puff pastry idea was inspired by a soup I love to have every time I visit a certain pub in Canmore. They serve this spicy cheese soup, which I am going to try to make at home, with a puff pastry topper. I’ve been ordering it for years and love how the puff pastry puffs and hugs the top of the soup while cooking in the oven and flakes into the soup while you eat it. I might just puff pastry everything at this point.
I baked these in individual dishes allowing more for the bigger appetites and less for the littles. Equally delicious if you substitute chicken with leftover turkey after the holidays.