It’s no secret Fall is my favorite season to cook a great meal and entertain, but, because like many of you, it’s probably my most busy season. Fewer things make me happy than a good comfort meal when there’s a chill in the air, but there isn’t always time to make a four-course meal with all the various activities going on. Believe it or not, there are many meals you can make ahead, freeze, pop in the oven, that still taste yummy and will make your guests or family think you have slaved in the kitchen for hours!
One of my favorite make-ahead go to meals is homemade chicken pot pie. I choose this meal often because it’s one dish, full of flavor, and bubbly hot when served. I like to serve it with a salad, but you don’t have to since it’s loaded with vegetables! Recently, I knew we had a busy week coming up, so I prepared some of these lovely pies in my ramekins. You can also use a normal casserole dish, I just chose these to keep it individual. I kept it real simple by purchasing a rotisserie chicken from Costco instead of cooking my chicken like I typically do. This recipe has been in my family for many years and I’ve had several versions of pot pie over the years and this still remains my favorite.
The BEST thing about this recipe is you mix the actual pie ingredients in one bowl! I like to add just a little more black pepper and a little less poultry seasoning, but that’s just a preference. I also like to make my own crust, which is super simple, because I like to get a bite of crust in every bite, but you can certainly buy the premade crusts or even use canned biscuits if you like. I’ve tried all and the homemade crust is so much better! This recipe is perfect to make ahead and freeze, or just stick in the fridge for a day or so until you are ready to bake. I served a Spinach salad with warm bacon dressing and my meal was complete! I don’t serve bread with this dish since there is a crust.
If you’re looking to simplify some of your meals for the busyness Fall may bring, give this recipe a try. It’s simple and there won’t be hours in the kitchen after a long day trying to get a good meal on the table. Enjoy your fall y’all and happy cooking!
Chicken Pot Pie
2 cups cooked chopped chicken
1 cup chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup of milk
1 can mixed vegetables
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste if you like
2 tsp. Poultry seasoning
Combine all ingredients and pour into greased casserole or individual ramekins.
1 cup of milk
1 cup self-rising flour
1 stick melted butter
Mix and pour over ingredients. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until crust is brown.