Traditional chicken pot pie, with its homemade crust and slow-simmered filling, is undoubtedly delicious, but it requires a significant chunk of the afternoon to assemble. This version simplifies matters a bit, calling for bite-sized pieces of boneless, skinless chicken breasts along with store-bought chicken broth and a bag of frozen carrots and peas. The filling quickly comes together in a skillet and instead of getting transferred to a pie pan to bake, it is topped with a store-bought crust and baked in the skillet. Although this is a simplified recipe, do not worry as the end result is still very tasty and will be enjoyed by everyone.
Easy Skillet Chicken Pot Pie (Serves 6)
1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
2. Heat the olive oil in a 9 or 10-inch cast-iron skillet over a medium to high heat. Add the chicken breast pieces, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until cooked through - should take roughly 5-6 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate when cooked.
3. Add the onions to the skillet and sauté until they are tender and lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the carrots, garlic, and peas and cook for 1 more minute. Sprinkle in the flour and stir until it has all dissolved. Add the chicken broth, bring to a simmer, and stir until it has thickened - roughly 8 to 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, stir in the milk and season using salt and pepper.
4. Add the chicken to the skillet and stir to combine. Unfold the pie crust and place over the top of the filling, tucking any excess edges inside the pan. Using a sharp knife, cut 4 (1 inch) slits in the top of the crust to create a vent.
5. Bake until the crust is a nice golden-brown - should take about 20 minutes.
Photos: Maria Siriano