Most 3 year old kids say their favorite food is something like peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese. When Gray was 3, he told everyone his favorite food was chicken pot pie, and that still holds true today. Every year for his birthday, he requests chicken pot pie and Brussels sprouts for dinner. Here’s the thing — I’ve made chicken pot pie from scratch, including the crust, but the way he and Matt like it is with Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup and Pillsbury Pie Crusts. At first it bothered me to make it this way, but my Aunt Joyce once told me that it was okay to use the pre-made pie crusts, so I let that one go. I still struggle with the cream of chicken soup thing.
This was my Aunt Joyce; she passed away about a year ago. Our hearts still hurt like it was yesterday, but I know she is in heaven right now hanging out with my Grandmother. Oh the things they must be talking about…..
So I share this recipe with some hesitation. It’s total cheating.
Chicken Pot Pie the way the Mitchell Men like it
1 package boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked and shredded
Set the chicken to the side. Now take:
3 baking potatoes, medium dice
4 carrots, peeled and diced medium
2 stalks celery, diced medium
Place them in a pot, cover with water, add a good pinch of salt, and bring to a boil. Cook roughly 10 minutes so a fork can easily pierce through the vegetables but not so long that they fall apart. Drain the water then gently stir in:
3 cans Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup
1 small bag frozen peas, defrosted
1 small bag frozen corn, defrosted
the cooked chicken
season with salt and pepper
This should make 2 pies, so place crusts into the bottom of 2 9″ pie pans. Spoon filling into each bottom crust. Top with second crust, crimp edges, and cut a slit in the top. At this point you can bake the pies at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or wrap them in plastic wrap and foil and freeze up to a couple of months. If you do freeze them, then make sure they are completely thawed before baking. And there you have it — Chicken Pot Pie al a Mitchell Men.
If you’d like to make a version that’s suited more toward my taste, check out this link. After the Mitchell Men complained about the homemade version, I threw away the recipe. But this one is really close to the one I used to make.