This Single Crust Pot Pie comes together quickly, particularly if you’ve got holiday leftovers. Be sure to add it to the rotation for this holiday season.
What says cozy, cold-weather dinner than a chicken pot pie? I’m not sure there is anything more comforting. Flaky pie crust, creamy sauce, succulent chicken and veggies – what could be better?
This is one of my family’s favorite recipes, and a Single Crust Pot Pie is really so simple. It’s an ideal casserole to make this holiday season, especially if you’ve got leftovers from a roast chicken or turkey. Serve it with a simple side salad, and you’ve got the perfect weeknight meal!
I love this particular version for it’s mirepoix and mushroom base that adds such a woodsy, fall flavor to it.
But I’ll tell you a secret. Chicken Pot Pie, single crust or not, can be very labor-intensive if you’re making it all from scratch just for one dinner pie. The homemade sauce, the freshly cooked veggies and chicken, the delectable pie crust — they are must-makes, but they do take some time.
I have two pet strategies that will allow you to enjoy this Single Crust Pot Pie all winter long.
Make many chicken pot pies at once.
You knew you could freeze chicken pot pie, right? It’s great for freezing. Make several at one time so that your time investment is well served. Make a large batch of Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup, cook up a bulk batch of potatoes and chicken, and get to sauteing the mirepoix and mushrooms.
Chill the filling and then assemble several pies to freeze. Be sure to use red potatoes for best texture after freezing.
Plan for leftovers.
Another great strategy for making this one crust pot pie is to plan for leftovers the next time you roast a chicken or turkey.
Ding. ding. ding. Think about the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. You’re likely already cooking potatoes, roasting turkey, chopping vegetables, and rolling out pie crust. Slip the different components of this dish into your Thanksgiving Prep.
- Chop extra onions, celery, carrots, and mushrooms when you’re making other dishes.
- Set aside enough cooked potatoes before you mash the rest.
- Chop up some turkey when you’re putting away the leftovers.
- Serve Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup for Cooking as your gravy and be sure to make lots! (Secret’s out. It really is just a creamy gravy.) Or you can just use leftover gravy instead of my creamy sauce.
- Make extra pie crust and stash it in the fridge while you’re making your other pies.
See? Make your pot pie indulgences easy peasy.
What do I need to make this one crust chicken pot pie?
- Olive oil: But you could use another cooking oil to cook the vegetables in.
- Vegetables: I used onions, celery, mushrooms, carrots, and potatoes but you can use what you have on hand.
- Chicken: You want the chicken cooked and cubed. If you don’t have chicken you can use Leftover Turkey.
- Cream Of Chicken Soup – But you could also use leftover Homemade Gravy.
- Herbs And Spices: You will need some good old salt and pepper. As for the herbs I used dried dill, dried summer savory, and dried thyme.
- For The Crust: Yes a homemade crust! So you will need flour, butter, and water
To make the pot pie filling
You want to start by sautéing the vegetables so they become soft and caramelized. This will add great flavor and ensure your vegetables aren’t undercooked when you bite into your pot pie!
While the vegetables are cooking, you can boil your potatoes. If you have any leftover cooked potatoes you can definitely use those! It’s a great way to use any cooked potatoes and cuts down on the amount of time to make this dish.
Once the vegetables and potatoes are ready you can go ahead and whip up the filling. Basically everything in a bowl. Just go ahead and combine the cream of chicken soup, herbs, chicken and vegetables.
You can go ahead and transfer this to your baking dish and move onto the pie crust.
Let’s make some pie crust!
Now it’s time for the pie crust! This is of course a chicken pot pie with the top crust only, so you only need to make a single pie crust.
You could of course use a store-bought pie crust but making it your own not only is easy on the wallet, but it will be made of all real ingredients. Nothing artificial! And of course, it’s going to taste way better.
Just remember when making a pie crust you want to make sure everything is cold, cold, cold so the butter doesn’t become too soft and get absorbed into the flour making for a gummy crust instead of a flaky one.
I make mine in a food processor but you could always make this in a mixing bowl with your own two hands, two knives, or a pastry cutter. You want to simply pulse the flour, butter, and a little bit of salt together until its resembles coarse crumbs. Then add your cold water, a little a time until the dough just comes together.
If you’re not sure if you’ve added enough water, pinch some together with your fingertips. If it holds together then you’ve added enough water!
Once the dough is made, you want to roll it out on a lightly floured surface. You need to roll it out to a 10×14 inch rectangle. And then it’s time to transfer this to your pie dish and place it over your filling.
At this point you can either freeze this one crust chicken pot pie or bake it. If you are baking it now, you want to cut a few slits in the crust to allow steam to escape.
You can keep leftovers, covered, in your fridge for up to 4 days. You could also freeze any leftovers for up to 3 months. Just simply wrap up any portions and then make sure to label the container or bag.
Can I use turkey instead of chicken?
You absolutely can! If you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or any time of year this is a great way to use it up.
Can I use fresh herbs?
Fresh herbs can definitely be used if you have them on hand. Dried herbs are always a bit more potent than fresh, so you will need to use more fresh herbs than what’s called for in the recipe with the dried herbs.
Good rule of thumb: For every 1 teaspoon of dried herbs use 1 Tablespoon of fresh herbs.
What is summer savory spice? Can I use something else?
Summer savory spice is similar to thyme or marjoram. It has a spicy, pungent aroma and has a peppery flavor that’s milder than winter savory.
If you don’t have it, then add a bit more thyme. You could also try using a bit of sage, or marjoram.
How to make this good and cheap:
Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. For instance, when I see a great price on veggies or chicken stock, I’ll buy lots of them and plan my meals around them. You can also buy certain items in bulk, to save even more money!
- Use a whole chicken! Cooking a whole chicken (or buying one that Costco roasted for you) can be more economical than buying chicken pieces. Plus, you can use the carcass to make homemade stock.
- Use up leftovers. It doesn’t matter what kind of veggies you throw in. They add great flavor and nothing goes to waste. Feel free to adapt this basic pie recipes to use whatever meats or veggies you have on hand.
- Use your freezer! You can freeze most of these ingredients, like the chicken, fresh herbs (if you’re using), gravy, and the pie crust to have on hand so you can whip this up whenever you need to.
Having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:
- plastic cutting boards – I have blue boards for veggies and white boards for meat.
- Ergo Chef chef’s knife – I’ve had my set for several years and they work well.
- my favorite skillet – I love this size and style. It’s perfect for a quite saute of veggies. I have two!
- 9×13-inch pan with secure lid – I love these Pyrex ones.
Single Crust Pot Pie with Chicken or Turkey
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 ribs celery chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms (sliced)
- 1 cup carrots (chopped)
- black pepper
- 4 cup red potatoes cooked and cubed
- 3 cup chicken (cooked and cubed) turkey can also be used
- 1 batch Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup about 2 cups or leftover gravy
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/2 tsp dried summer savory
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 1/2 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup butter cut into cubes
- 1/4 cup water cold
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion, celery, mushrooms, and carrots. Saute on low for 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender and caramelized. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, simmer the potatoes in salted, boiling water if you don’t already have leftover cooked potatoes to use.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked vegetables, cream of chicken soup, chicken, and herbs. Pour this mixture into the prepared baking dish.
- Prepare the pastry crust. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse together the flour, butter, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, until coarse crumbs are formed. Alternatively, you can do this in a bowl with a pastry blender or two table knives. Add the water a few drops at a time until the dough comes together easily. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out to a 10x14 inch rectangle. (If you are freezing a pot pie, chill the filling prior to fitting the crust.)
- Fit the dough over the top of the chicken filling. (If you’re going to freeze the pie, wrap it well and store in the freezer at this point.)
- Cut a few vent holes and bake for 45 to 60 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
- If baking a frozen pie, do not thaw. Place the pie in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 375 degrees and continue baking until done, about 45 minutes more.