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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Easiest-Ever Chicken Pot Pie

Hello everyone! I am back from vacation and can’t wait to share the fun we had…but I still have a lot of photos to go through and some decompressing to do! So, until then, how about an awesome recipe and a giveaway? Let’s do it!

As you know, I love America’s Test Kitchen and have a great relationship with them. When I visited the kitchens this summer, I was given an advance copy of their new cookbook The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook. Of course I love it…delicious and reliable recipes that are FAST? Yes, please. I found a real gem of a recipe in this book that has found a permanent place in our dinner rotation…the easiest-ever chicken pot pie.

This chicken pot pie recipe is soooo yummy and it really is super easy. Everyone in our family eats everything on their plate and I’ve made the recipe several times. Boursin cheese is the secret ingredient. I love Boursin, but was a little worried it might taste too Boursin-y. It doesn’t at all, the flavor is fantastic and the gravy has perfect consistency.

Now that the cookbook has been released, I can share the recipe with you AND give away a couple copies of the book! Yippee!

Two of you lucky people will receive a copy of The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook. As always, simply leave a comment on this post to be entered to win! You can add extra entries by liking This Week for Dinner and/or America’s Test Kitchen on Facebook. Be sure to leave separate comments for each extra entry! All comments must be added by Midnight PT on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.


And now for the recipe, with my modifications. To get the even easier version from America’s Test Kitchen you’ll have to win or buy the book! πŸ˜‰

Easiest-Ever Chicken Pot Pie
Modified from The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook (their version is even easier than what I outline below”¦get the book to see the tricks!)
Recipe type: Main Dish, Poultry, Pie
Cuisine: American
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (5.2-ounce) package Boursin cheese
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • salt and pepper
  • 1½ cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 refrigerated Pillsbury pie crust
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Boil chicken breasts until just done. Cut/shred with a knife and fork into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Saute mushrooms until softened and liquid has released.
  4. Combine broth, cream, cornstarch, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper in large saucepan. Break up cheese and mix in. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until cheese is melted and mixture has thickened, about 5-7 minutes. (Note: I just leave the mushrooms in the pan where I sauteed them and add in the broth, etc and cook it with the mushrooms in there. Saves a pan and works great!) Stir in chicken, mushrooms, peas and carrots. Season with more salt and pepper if needed. Transfer to 9-inch deep dish pie pan. My pie pan was not deep enough, so I used a 10-inch cake pan.
  5. Carefully lay pie crust over top. Tuck overhanging dough underneath itself so crust is flush with edge of pan. Cut three 1-inch slits in top of dough. Bake until filling is bubbling and crust is browned, about 25 minutes. Rotate dish halfway through cooking. Let cool slightly when done then serve.



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    I was just looking at Chicken Pot Pie recipes on the Internet! This one sounds delish! I plan to make it as individual pies for a family gathering later this month. Thanks, Jane! As always,,,,,,,

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    Nikki CB

    Looks great!

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    Love American Test Kitchen! Would love to try some new recipes and the chicken pot pie sounds wonderful. Thanks!

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    Eileen Jasso

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    Yolanda E.

    I LOVE good pot pie and the crust on this one looks delish!!! I must try πŸ™‚

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    Can’t wait to try this cookbook!

  223. I would love to win the recipe book and have a slice of that chicken pot pie!

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  226. Thanks for the recipe~ looks delicious!

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    I tried this recipe tonight. Uh-mazing!! So simple and absolutely 100% delicious. Thank you for posting!! πŸ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      so glad you tried it AND loved it. I was seriously stunned how much we loved it the first time! πŸ™‚ soooo yummy! thanks for commenting!

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    Tried this tonight–OH MY GOODNESS! The most decadent pot pie. So so good. I used the garlic and herb Boursin since it was all I could find. Delicious. Thanks so much for posting! Since it was so easy to double the recipe (1 bag of veggies was perfect and the crust and chicken are sold in the perfect quantity for 2), this is going to be my new dish I bring for new parents! Thanks again!!!

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    tried this a couple weeks ago and the whole family loved it. SO GOOD! My boys keep requesting it. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jane Maynard

    eryn and lindsay – SO glad you love it!

    lindsay -the herb and garlic boursin is exactly what you’re supposed to use! πŸ™‚

    eryn – I just love it when I find a recipe that my kids actually request – score!

  231. I made the chicken pot pie last night. It was quick, easy, and DELICIOUS. The one I normally make takes an hour and a half just in addition to baking time…this one took far less time to make. It was fabulous! My family liked it better than the one I usually make. Yay! Thanks for another great recipe!

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    Angela R

    Would love to win!!!

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    Bonnie Lee

    Can’t wait to try this! It sounds delicious and pot
    Pies are my favorite dish. Would love to win the
    Cookbook also.

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    I love America’s test kitchen!

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    Lucy Socha

    I miss Chris Kimball. Where is he? I know about Milk Street, but it’s just not the same on America’s test kitchen. Also, ladies please put your hair up and pinned. No one wants hair in their food or to have to think about it. So you’ve made it even more stream lined inviting folks to go on line and look up additions to recipes. Not cool! Still, enjoy the show somewhat, but it’s not the same.

    I rec’d America’s Test Kitchen Quick Recipes cook book as a Xmas present years ago and used it quite frequently. The pot pie is exceptional especially with the addition of Boursin cheese. YUM.

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