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Easy Weekday Chicken Pot Pie

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An incredibly easy chicken pot pie, perfect for rushed weeknights made with rotisserie chicken and shop-bought cheese sauce.


Easy Weekday chicken pot pie

I love Chicken Pie. I mean, I really love chicken pie. Those of you who read my blog regularly will know this, in fact it’s quite obvious. This is my 5th Chicken pie I’ve posted on Simply Delicious. The reason why I love chicken pie so much is that it’s one of the few recipes that makes me think of my beloved Ouma (Grandmother). She was an amazing cook and she made the best ever chicken pies. With every pie I make I wonder if she would approve of the method, ingredients and twists and turns I take. She was always concerned about me losing the appreciation for traditional methods and ingredients and would firmly, but lovingly, tell me to keep it simple. However, when I served her my chicken & chorizo pie, she absolutely loved it.

Easy Weekday chicken pot pie

Another thing I love about chicken pie is that it is so incredibly versatile. You could add almost anything to it and it would taste amazing as is evident in this chicken, bacon & corn pot pie. However, I always feel like a good, traditional chicken pie is still the one to beat and that’s why I took a bit of time a while ago to create my Ultimate Scrumptious Chicken Pie. This baby takes quite a bit of time but it is so worth it. But then you have nights when the last thing you want to do is spend time in the kitchen. You don’t feel like faffing around ingredients or stand in front of the stove and that is when this easy weekday chicken pot pie recipe comes in. Because sometimes you need the comfort of gran’s chicken pie but you just don’t have the time.

Easy Weekday chicken pot pie

The secret of this easy chicken pot pie is that almost everything in it is shop bought. The pastry, the chicken and the cheese sauce are all conveniently purchased from your local supermarket. The key here is to try to make sure it’s still good quality stuff. Always remember that sub-standard ingredients = sub-standard dishes. I bought an all-butter puff pastry, an organic ready-cooked rotisserie chicken and delicious mature cheddar cheese sauce, added some mushrooms that I had sautéed with garlic and thyme and that’s it. An incredibly delicious chicken pot pie that takes minutes to knock together before you bang it in the oven and allow it to bake away while you have a glass of wine. What more could you ask for?

Easy Weekday Chicken Pot Pie
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An incredibly easy chicken pot pie, perfect for rushed weeknights made with rotisserie chicken and shop-bought cheese sauce.
Recipe type: Chicken Pie, dinner, Chicken
Serves: 4-6
  • 250g mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cooked rotisserie chicken
  • 200g ready-made cheese sauce
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 roll ready-made puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c.
  2. In a large non-stick frying pan, heat a little olive oil then sauté the mushrooms until browned and cooked through. Add the garlic and thyme and fry for another 30 seconds before removing from the heat.
  3. Shred the chicken, discarding any bones and skin, and place in a bowl. Add the mushrooms, cheese sauce, crème fraîche and lemon juice and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the filling in a pie dish/ovenproof dish of your choice then top with the pastry.
  5. Trim the edges and crimp the pastry before brushing with the beaten egg.
  6. Place in the oven and allow to bake for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and puffed and the filling has heated through.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve with vegetables of your choice.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • cakespy

    I would definitely like to do some damage to this chicken pot pie. It looks absolutely delectable.

  • Reply

    How easy is this Alida?! Perfect that you used the rotisserie chicken. As usual, love the video!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks so much Mary Ann. I love a good rotisserie chicken. 🙂

  • 2pots2cook

    You have just made my day ! have some chicken leftovers 🙂

  • Cori @ Sweet Coralice

    This crust has me swooning! Love this and Chicken Pot Pie is my favorite! Love it

    • Alida Ryder

      Don’t you just love a good crust? Thanks so much Cori! 🙂

  • DisplacedHousewife

    That crust is so golden!! I just want to take a huge bite!! xoxo

  • Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    I’m with you, there’s really nothing like chicken pot pie. And similarly it reminds me of my grandmother as well, although, the chicken pot pie my grandmother served me was Swansons as a kid (ha!), but regardless it brings fond memories!

    • Alida Ryder

      I think it’s such an old school dish and so many people will have memories of it attached to their grandmother’s (whether it was store-bought or not). 🙂

  • Pang

    I really enjoy clicking over to all your chicken pie links, and they all look so delicious including this one. I probably start with this recipe though, and gradually build up my confidence to Ultimate Scrumptious Chicken Pie. And you know, I ALWAYS love your photos, right? 🙂

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Pang! Yes, this is definitely the easiest one to start with and please let me know what you thought once you’ve tried! And right back at you! Your photos are gorgeous!

  • Farah @ The Cooking Jar

    Wow that crust looks amazing. Loving the ingredient mix, especially the mushrooms and thyme.I want to dine at your house now 🙂

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Farah! If you’re ever in Pretoria, you’re more than welcome! 😉

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