Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

This recipe did not actually come from Pinterest, but I feel that it is my duty to enlighten the world about it.

Yesterday was a snow day, so I decided to make good use of my time by fixing a real-live-actual-dinner. The husband mentioned Chicken Pot Pie, and once I get my mind stuck on something, I have a hard time getting away from it. My first thought was to make Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes, but I did not have any refrigerated biscuits. My second thought was a cook book recipe that I used the second time I made the Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes.

You see, a few months ago these really cute kids at my school asked if I would buy a cook book to support their cheer leading squad. Sometimes I can say no, but I felt really heartless this time, so I said yes. I kind of regretted it because really, I get most of my recipes from the internet (hello…Pinterest!) or I just fix things I already know how to make. I have a million cook books. Did I really need one more??? Well, I did. Because this recipe is perfection.

Some time ago I made the cupcakes for the second time, but I did not have any cream of chicken soup. I pulled out this cook book to see if it had any other dinner ideas when I came across the chicken pot pie recipe. I decided to make the sauce from this recipe instead of the cream of chicken soup. I loved it SO much more than the preservatives in a can.

That brings me to yesterday. I pulled out the book and immediately thought that I couldn’t make it because I did not have frozen pie crusts. No one wants chicken pot pie without the crust! Then I got all Martha Stewarty and decided that I didn’t need some stinking pre-made crust…I would make my own. I used my trusty Betty Crocker (Bridal Edition, circa 2005) cook book for the crust recipe.

I had never made pie crust before, and it turns out that it was a little too crumbly. My wise mother told me I should have added more water. I will know better for next time. It wouldn’t really roll out perfectly, so I did my best and just laid it on top. I think it worked out pretty successfully.
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Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:
1/3 c. margarine or butter
1/3 c. chopped onion (I didn’t have this, so I used minced from a spice jar)
1/3 c. flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
2/3 c. milk
2 1/2 to 3 c. shredded chicken or turkey
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 (15 oz) pkg. Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts

Heat oven to 450. Prepare pie crusts as directed on package for two-crust pie using 9-inch pie pan. Melt margarine in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook 2 minutes or until tender. Add flour, salt and pepper; stir until well blended. Gradually stir in broth and milk, cooking and stirring until bubbly and thickened. Add chicken and mixed vegetables; mix well. Remove from heat. Spoon chicken mixture into crust-lined pan. Top with second crust; seal edges and flute. Cut slits in several places in top crust. Bake 425 for 30-40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

 

Ok, so I caught you, you probably skimmed over that recipe and said “I will totally make that later and read it right before I am about to start cooking.” That is acceptable. But then you will notice that the beginning of the recipe says to heat the oven to 450 degrees. Later in that same paragraph it says to bake at 425. I am not really sure what the right answer is here. I think I did 425, but my oven is really old and you have to turn the knob to somewhere around 300 if you want it to be somewhere around 400, so I can’t be exactly sure. I think my oven thermometer said 425. I don’t remember it ever making it up to 450. I also had to put my pie in the broiler for a few minutes because the crust never got really brown in the oven. Maybe a higher temperature would have taken care of that. Otherwise, you could set it to 437.5 degrees to go right in the middle.

 

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Day 79 – Crock Pot Roast Recipe

For sure, you should make this.

The end.

 

Ok, I guess I could elaborate a little more. It always seems that we have a roast in our freezer—probably because it is relatively cheap and it is always so easy to cook in the crock-pot. I love it when I walk in the door and my dinner is all ready and waiting.

I never really know what to do with them though. I just pour some water in, add some carrots and potatoes, and sprinkle whatever random spices I think sound good. It turns out pretty good, but never anything like “Oh my goodness! You have to try this recipe!”

Tonight’s dinner was pretty much an “oh my goodness” kind of a moment. I put the roast in the crock pot, then I sprinkled 1 packet of ranch dressing mix, 1 packet of Italian dressing mix, and 1 packet of brown gravy mix (mine was lower sodium). Then I poured ½ cup of water over it and added 3 potatoes and a few carrots. It seemed like there was not enough water in there for the potatoes and carrots, so I added roughly ½ cup more water. That seemed to work out perfectly. It was tasty!

There is a bargain alert embedded in this post too. I needed to buy potatoes at Wal-Mart yesterday (man, Wal-Mart is making quite an appearance in this blog…I never used to go there at all, but now…), so I grabbed a 5 pound bag for $3. As I was headed to the check-out, I noticed a 10 pound bag for $3. I certainly did not need 10 pounds of potatoes, but I could not see any reason why I should not buy double for the same price. I see lots of mashed potatoes in our future!

 
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Total cost:

$0.95 out of pocket this week…I have no idea how much the roast was—it came in a larger pack and I split it up a while ago and froze it. I had the ranch and Italian dressing mixes already and I really don’t know how much that cost either. I calculated that each potato was $0.15 and the gravy mix was $0.50.

Day 30

In keeping with what has turned out to be the theme of the week, tonight I made a recipe. I saw these potatoes a while ago, and I thought it was really neat how they sliced small pieces but that it was still attached as one whole potato. Potatoes are one of my favorite foods, so I thought it would be fun to try. My favorite part about this recipe is that it was written by someone from Europe. It is hard to say where, specifically, but the ingredients were measured in grams and the temperature was measured in Celsius. I may or may not have pretended that I was British for a few minutes as I was preparing this recipe.

These potatoes turned out amazingly. I made 4 potatoes because mine were much smaller than the ones in the picture and I was afraid that I would want more than just one. It turns out that 1 potato + broccoli + steak was plenty of food for me, but that’s ok. I will have leftovers.

The biggest challenge was to cut the potato evenly. It was also hard to not cut all the way through. I accidentally did this on one of them, so we had 2 smaller pieces instead. It might have been even better that way because I really liked the way the ends got crispy, so this meant more ends.

You should definitely try this. It was a fun twist on an old stand-by. Go on…make it for dinner tomorrow and let me know how it turns out.

Total cost:

$1.45

That makes my entire steak dinner’s price $8.13. I LOVE when I have a great dinner that would cost way more than this if we went out. That is $4.07 per person!

Day 16

Tonight 365 Days of Pinterest brings you Easy Garlic Chicken. Anything that says “Easy” in the title, I am willing to try. This recipe calls for 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, but since there are only 2 of us, I only made 2. That means I had to cut everything else in half. I like to pretend like I am on cooking shows when I am dispensing my EVOO so I always estimate just like Rachael Ray. That leads me to estimating other things, like tonight it was the brown sugar. Who really knows if I added the appropriate amount. It pretty much seemed like I did. It turns out that this recipe is actually as easy as its name suggests. I had to do some quick sautee-ing, which involved needing to squeeze some garlic through my garlic press. That was the hardest part. I am really weak. I am pretty sure I got enough in there. It smells like a garlic patch in my kitchen. (Is there such thing as a garlic patch?)

Here is the finished product:

It was good. Not earth-shattering-you-must-make-this-tomorrow-good. Just good. It had a bit of an Asian feel to it. We are not the biggest Asian food people, but it was still good. It was surprisingly not overly garlic-y. Just right, I would say. You should definitely try this one and decide for yourself. It was super quick too. I got home at 5:45(ish) and started cooking. Now it is 6:48 and I am done with dinner. Wahoo!

Total Cost:

Chicken: $8.50 for 4, but they were BOGO, so Really $4.25. Divided by 2 because I only made 2 = $2.13

I had all of the other ingredients on hand already so we won’t really count them in.

$2.13…not too shabby (ok, and also $0.99 for the Steamfresh Mixed Veggies…they are SOO good)

Day 9

Pinterest Success! After yesterday’s disaster, there was nowhere to go but up. Today I made this Weight Watchers Chicken for dinner. The recipe called for Italian breadcrumbs. I had plain breadcrumbs and I added oregano and basil. The recipe called for parmesan cheese. I had mozzarella. Other than that, I pretty much followed the recipe. It was tasty. I would definitely make this again. It could use a little salt, but I suppose that is why it is Weight Watchers. I had broccoli and applesauce with it. This was our second real-life actual meal in a row. We are usually really good about having healthy dinners, but we have gotten really busy and it has been a while. The routine of school should help that get back to normal.

 

Total Cost:

Let’s call it $0. I had all of the things in my house already. There’s hardly any way for me to price this out. It can’t be much anyway.