fancy chicken pot pie

I'm really into chicken pot pie.  The slow cooked tender chicken, the veggies that are soft and flavorful, and the idea of this being yet another meal that everyone in the family can enjoy.  Although I'm a sucker for this recipe with cheddar biscuits on top which is really a wonderful meal to take to a new Mom, this fancy version is great for when company is coming over.  Have some fresh bread on the table, a big green salad, some wine and you're good to go.  In summer have something with berries for dessert and in the winter time I'd go with chocolate.  Actually, I'd always go with chocolate.

The idea of phyllo on top is actually so easy but don't tell your guests that.  They'll probably be thinking to themselves, "oo this is fancy..." and you just go right ahead and let them think that.  Own it.

This recipe hails from Good Housekeeping and has been loosely tweaked by me.

{Ingredients You'll Need}

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast cut into cubes
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 6 sheets phyllo, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed

1.  Preheat your oven to 425.  Sprinkle your chicken with thyme, salt and pepper, then saute in a lightly oiled skillet until cooked all over and no longer pink.  To that skillet add in your onion and 1/4 cup chicken broth.  Cook for 5 minutes scraping down any brown bits then add in your garlic for 1 minute then toss in the parsnips, carrots, and celery.  Add the remaining broth- 1 1/2 cups- and heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to simmering and cook for about 10 minutes until the veggies are nice and tender crisp.

2.  While the veggies cook place 1 sheet of phyllo on a cutting board and spray it with cooking spray.  Repeat with the remaining layers.

3.  In a small bowl mix the cornstarch and 1/2 cup water.  Pour this mixture into the veggies and cook for 2 minutes to allow it to thicken.  Pour in your peas and mix those in them turn off the heat.  Season with salt and pepper then pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish and top with your layers of phyllo.  Cut 5 slits into the top of the phyllo and bake for 15 minutes of until nice and golden.

Enjoy, and feel fancy.


  1. this looks so good-- bummer phyllo dough does not yet exists here : ( But I Laura I need your help with another kind of pie-- my nieces want to learn how to make apple pie-- and...ugh, I've never made one. Do you have any helpful-easy to follow, nothing to fancy recipes? And any tips for making pie crust? thank you mucho!

  2. Hey Michelle! I hate to say it but I am no expert there- I wish I were! I would check out Pioneer Woman or Barefoot Contessa. Also Three Many Cooks. Each of them would have some simple recipes that would taste delicious I bet!