Cheesy chicken pot pie
I friggin’ love pot pies, but could do without the carbs. They leave me foggy-headed, hungry between meals and craving sweets. I decided to consult one of my favorite cookbooks Cooking with Coconut Flour by Bruce Fife to see if there were some better crust alternatives (coconut flour is a gluten-free, lower carb flour, very high in fiber and low on the glycemic index).
There was a chicken pot pie recipe in there that looked good, but I wanted to omit starches in the gravy by using a cheese sauce instead. Our whole family loves cheese plus we get to avoid those carbs and boost our fat and protein–perfect!
The tart pastry crust recipe was the crust recommended for the pot pie and it sounded yummy so I gave it a try.
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 2 T honey (I would use less next time, probably only 1 T & add a little melted butter if it needed more moisture)
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 6 ounces cream cheese
I just mixed this up with my hands and then pressed it into a glass pie dish. I don’t own a rolling pin, but luckily, I didn’t need it for this easy crust.
Pot pie ingredients:
- 4-6 free-range boneless chicken thighs (I used 6, I like a lot of protein)
- 3 T grass-fed organic butter
- 1/4 cup organic cream
- 1 cup cubed organic yellow cheddar
- 1 large carrot cut into bite sizes
- 2 stalks celery cut into bite sizes
- 1/2 cup organic frozen corn
- 1/2 cup organic frozen peas
- 1 tsp sage
- 1/2 tsp rosemary
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/8 tsp mace
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cut up the chicken thighs and the veggies into small bite sizes.
- Melt butter in a large skillet and add veggies, chicken, spices and cream. Put lid on and cook on medium heat for about 20 mins until chicken looks done and veggies are fork tender (not overcooked).
- Add cheddar cheese. At this point, you want to reduce the juices in the pan, so stir and leave lid off.
- Once cheese is melted, use a slotted spoon to put all the pot pie goodness into the pie dish with the uncooked crust. I put some of the juice in the pie dish, but didn’t want it to get soggy or too soupy so I just saved the rest in the pan to add later if we wanted to (it didn’t dry out though, so our dog got to enjoy the leftover juice).
- Add another 1/2-1 cup of cheddar cheese slices on top. Bake uncovered for 30 mins at 350 degrees.
We loved this pot pie! The sweetness of the crust contrasted beautifully to the savory pie filling. It felt really balanced in terms of protein, fat and carbohydrate, but can easily be altered to fit any metabolic type (carb types can use chicken breasts instead of thighs, add a top crust and/or more starchy veggies like potatoes or parsnips, and reduce the cheese). It was also a lot easier to make than I thought it would be. I can see myself making this every week or two and not just on special occasions.
I’m still enjoying the leftovers. 🙂 Hope y’all love this recipe as much as we do!