Chicken Pot Pie is perfect comfort food and these are made easy with a store-bought puff pastry topping. Great with leftover turkey, too!
These delicious and easy chicken pot pies with puff pastry, are super tasty and I love the balance of chicken to vegetables. This is no bland pie (and I’ve had a few!) but you do need to be sure to season well with salt and pepper, depending on the saltiness of your chicken stock. Good seasoning will bring all the flavours together.
The creamy filling combines cooked chicken with carrots, potatoes and mushrooms and it cooks up easily and quickly on the stovetop. It’s a great use for leftover cooked chicken or turkey. Even if you don’t have leftovers, a few chicken breasts can be easily cooked up and chopped, or start with a rotisserie chicken.
To finish these off, simple and easy store-bought frozen puff pastry is cut into squares to cover the top, for a lovely presentation and a crispy, tasty topping.
Chicken – these chicken pies are a great use for left-over cooked chicken. A store-bought rotisserie chicken would also work well. Alternately, simply cook off some chicken breasts to use. These chicken pot pies are just as nice with turkey, especially leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
Puff Pastry – I love the pre-rolled sheets of puff pastry, as it eliminates the rolling step and ensures even cooking, as they are evenly thick.
Of course, leftover chicken, poached or baked chicken breast meat and/or store-bought broth is just fine here. If you can though, I strongly suggest fresh carrots and thyme (frozen carrots are just never the same and fresh thyme leaves are such a nice touch in dishes like this!). Frozen peas are just fine, though.
Be sure to cut your carrots into small pieces, to ensure they will be tender. I taste test them before spooning into the individual bowls, to ensure they are tender, as they won’t cook much more in the oven. Cook a little longer on the stove-top if necessary.
If you’d prefer one big chicken pot pie instead of individual ones, bake this recipe in a 9×13-inch pan instead.
I can’t stress enough that salt is critical for this dish. Taste your filling before baking. You should taste the salt. If it tastes bland or without flavour, add more salt. A nice grinding of fresh pepper is also good here.
Top Tip! Avoid soggy bottomed puff pastry by allowing both brushing the bottom of the pastry with egg wash and allowing a small space between the pastry and the filling as it bakes.
Speaking of the puff pastry crust, I don’t cut any slits or holes into these, as the steam can easily escape out the narrow sides. It also prevents the centre of the crust from collapsing down. Puffing up is nicer :)
Get the Recipe: Individual Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry Topping
- 2 rolls frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 5 Tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4" pieces
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
- 12 oz button mushrooms, stems removed
- 2 cups chicken broth, homemade or store bought
- 1 cup milk
- 5 cups cooked chicken, or turkey, chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, or 1/2 - 3/4 tsp dried thyme, or to taste
- 3 tsp coarse Kosher salt, or 1 1/2-2 tsp fine salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp water
- Do ahead: Thaw puff pastry and the roll out on a lightly floured surface into a 1/4-inch thick square or rectangular larger than the dimensions of your baking dish (or disheby about 3 inches on each side. Transfer to a baking sheet, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Remove chilled dough from refrigerator, and place on a cutting board. Place your intended baking dish directly onto the dough, with the opening side down. With a sharp knife, cut around the dish so that you have an even 3 inches around the dish on all edges. Return the dough to the baking sheet, wrap tightly with plastic, and chill for an additional hour.
- Prepare vegetables and chicken and have ready.
- In a large heavy pot, melt 5 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, potatoes, and carrots. Cook, stirring regularly, until the potatoes and carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the mushrooms, cooking until mushrooms are heated through. Add flour, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour in chicken stock and milk. Stir well. Bring to a simmer and cook until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in chicken, peas, parsley, and thyme. Taste and season well with additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Transfer filling to your baking dishes, filling not quite to the top, so there will be a bit of space between the filling and the topping. Let stand to allow to cool 10 -15 minutes before topping. Meanwhile, place oven rack in lower third of the oven and preheat oven to 425° F.
- Prepare your egg wash by combining 1 egg and 1 tsp. water. Remove dough from refrigerator and brush surface evenly with egg wash. Measure how bit a piece your will need to cover the top of your baking dishes and cut pieces of puff pastry to that size. Invert dough (with egg brushed side down) and place directly over the casserole, pressing lightly to seal overhanging crust to the side of the dish. Brush top surface of dough with egg wash.
- Transfer dishes to a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment (to catch any boil-over!). Bake for 10 - 15 minutes (or until crust is nice and golden), then cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent crust from burning, and continue baking for about 25 minutes more, or until filling is bubbling and crust is golden. Serve hot.
Delicious! I have made this several times with turkey and is now one of top go to recipes for using leftover turkey
HI Heather and I’m so glad you are enjoying it! Thanks so much :)
I have been debating over whether to have a turkey or not for Easter but this recipe took care of that so turkey it is! This just sounds wonderful and I know I can trust your recipes!
I just skimmed over the recipe so quickly so I probably missed it But can this be frozen after if I have leftovers or should I try to avoid that? I was thinking that maybe before I put the assembled pie in oven I could freeze and then pop in in oven when I want it should I just not do that at all.
Hope you are getting spring like weather and will look forward to making this wonderful dish!
Hi Carol and yes, this would be lovely for Easter! This is a lovely pie, too. Just be sure to season the filling well with salt and pepper. Pot pies need good seasoning :)
As for freezing leftovers, no problem at all. It will freeze well. You can reheat the frozen (previously cooked) pot pie in a 350F oven, loosely covered with foil until warmed through.
If you are looking to make the pies ahead, unless you are wanting to do that well ahead, I would refrigerate instead of freeze. You can assemble and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Just save the egg wash for the crust until just before baking.
And no, the Spring weather seems to be on hold today at least, as I’m watching snow flakes fall from the sky :) I live in hope though, that the end if very, very close!
Thanks for your wonderful advice and I really look forward to this lovely recipe! We will get that spring weather soon!
Your chicken pot pie recipe looks fabulous! Have been looking for one with your ingredients. Can I make this ahead and keep in fridge until ready to bake? Would it be better to brush with egg wash just prior to baking?
Hi Jo-Ann and yes, you can absolutely assemble these ahead and refrigerate. Make sure the filling is cool before you place the puff pastry on top though. And I would do the egg wash right before baking. Enjoy :)
Thank you Jennifer! Looking forward to making this delicious recipe this week.
Enjoy Jo-Ann :)
We have been using this recipe for years! Everyone loves it!
So glad to hear, Jackie :) Thanks so much!
Made this awhile back but set the receipe aside. When I found it (!), couldn’t remember which of your receipes it was but I taken photos ‘cause it was impressive!
Used a casserole dish to prevent any overflow. OUTSTANDING!!!!
Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it :)
Thank you Jennifer for your help! I am looking forward to making them
I love your site. The pictures of your food are beautiful and the recipes are amazing.
My question for you is – Can you make the Chicken Pot Pies with the Puff Pastry ahead and freeze ? Would you first cook them then freeze or freeze unbaked ? Would you defrost after taken out from freezer then bake or just go straight from freezer to oven ? Also will the Puff Pastry still puff up nicely if not baked ahead?
What are your thoughts ?
Hi Kit and thanks very much :) I haven’t actually tried it, but if I wanted to freeze these, I would assemble with the puff pastry, but skip the egg wash. Wrap and freeze. To cook, simply cook from frozen, but allow extra time in the oven as it is starting from frozen. My feeling is that it would cook up just fine. Maybe watch the puff and have a piece of foil handy. If it seems to be browning before the filling is hot, simply lay loosely over the top for the last part of cooking. Hope that helps!
What a perfect dinner idea, I love the puff pastry!
Thanks so much, Laura :)
This looks amazing! We made two turkeys this year and barely scratched the surface of the second, so this recipe suits my needs perfectly! Pinned!
Thanks Annie :)
These are so incredibly cute and yes – love your remarks about the salt. Cannot stand bland anything:)
Thanks Milena and yes, salt is the most important ingredient in all cooking, for sure :)
Love pot pie, especially little individual ones like this (and those dishes are adorable). I have a recipe coming up on the blog soon too. It’s the best time of year with all kinds of comfort food like this :)
Thanks so much, Dawn :)
These are perfect for all the left over holiday turkey Jennifer! One of my husband’s favorite meals!
Thanks Mary Ann!
So perfect for these super cold days! We love a hearty, delicious meal, especially on the weekends. Love this simple crust too. It looks delicious Jennifer.
Thanks Tricia :)
Thanks Joudie. I had some filling left-over that I froze, so we enjoyed another meal of these just recently. Just as good!
MY OH MY OH MY! This is the way to my heart! I love chicken pot pie. This has to be the most beautiful one i have seen and sounds so tasty. I am definitley making this tonight. I am so glad i found your blog. Just beautiful!
So glad, Jenni! I often seem to have puff pastry around since I love the stuff, but I’m sure a regular pie crust was just as nice.
Oh man! We had this for dinner! It was the best dinner ever! I used pie crust rather than puff pastry, because I don’t regularly stock puff, and pie is easy :) deeeelish!
Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food in my book, and I think you and Martha did a great job with this one. :) It looks fabulous!