Chicken Pot Pie with Crumble Topping

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This Chicken Pot Pie with Crumble Topping is an easy weeknight dinner. Enjoy this tender chicken and vegetables in a creamy sauce, topped with a Parmesan crust whenever you’re craving some classic comfort food!

homemade chicken pot pie in a white bowl with crumble crust on top

Why I Love This Chicken Pot Pie with Crumble Topping

Every once in a while, I like to stock my freezer with some easy meals that we can easily pull out and reheat for a weeknight dinner, and since I’m a huge chicken pot pie fan, it was a natural choice for my next recipe! I find that chicken pot pie is so beloved, but people seem hesitant to make it themselves. 

I think that’s such a shame because this meal doesn’t have to be complicated. I adapted this version from Cooks Illustrated, and oh my goodness, I love it so much. I changed the filling and did the topping a little differently, but the integrity of the pot pie is alive and well in this dish. My changes also made this meal much faster to whip together! 

Instead of boiling the chicken first, I cut it into small pieces and cooked it along with some of my veggies. I also didn’t want to bake the topping separately before putting it on the casserole, so I just layered it straight on before baking. It isn’t as crunchy as the original version but I didn’t mind it a tad softer. What can I say, I like to cut corners and get my hands around chicken pot pie ASAP!

I also used a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, which is what I use anyway when I make chicken pot pie. It saves more time than having to chop a bunch of different vegetables, and I almost always have it on hand. I think it makes this recipe a lot more approachable to busy people who are looking for a quick way to enjoy comfort food. 

Overall, I made this into a quicker version, and it freezes well! 🙂 Winner, winner chicken dinner! (Sorry, I had to get that in here somewhere) Let me know how this pot pie works out for you!

Chicken Pot Pie in a casserole dish and spooned into bowls

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • Chicken breasts cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • Diced and peeled raw potato (about 1 large potato)
  • Onion 
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Chicken broth
  • Milk
  • Frozen mixed vegetables
  • Dried parsley
  • Dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the topping:

  • Flour
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Cold butter (cubed)
  • Milk

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Preheat

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2: Make Pot Pie Filling

In a large dutch oven or pan, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add in chicken, potato, onion, and garlic. Cook this mixture until the chicken is no longer pink, which should take about 10-15 minutes. Add in the flour and stir well to combine. Then add in the broth and milk, stirring well to combine. Add in the frozen vegetables and herbs, and simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened. Taste for salt and pepper, and then pour everything into a 9×13 baking dish.

Step 3: Make Crumble

While the filling is simmering, prepare the crumble topping. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, Parmesan cheese, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the milk just until combined. Using a spoon or your fingers, drop the mixture into 1-2 inch pieces on top of the filling (your fingers will get sticky, but that’s okay!).

Step 4: Bake

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden.

Overhead shot of easy Chicken Pot Pie with a crumble topping in a bowl

FAQ

What’s the difference between a chicken pot pie and a chicken pie?

Chicken Pot Pie has a lot more veggies and it typically only has a pastry topping. Chicken pie, on the other hand, is chicken with few (if any vegetables) encased in a pastry crust.

What sides can I serve with chicken pot pie?

I’d recommend mashed potatoes, more veggies, or a salad. But to be honest, I like my chicken pot pie all on its own!

How do I make the topping crunchy?

Your topping will brown a little bit while baking, but if you want it truly crunchy you can bake it a little bit on a baking sheet before you sprinkle it over your pot pie and bake it all together.

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Chicken Pot Pie with Crumble Topping
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Chicken Pot Pie -with an easy crumble topping on top of creamy vegetables and chicken.
Course: Casserole, Chicken, Main
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Countryside Cravings
Ingredients
  • Filling
  • 2 large chicken breasts cut into small bite sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups diced peeled raw potato about 1 large potato
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 16 oz bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary crushed with fingers
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Topping
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter cubed
  • 3/4 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large dutch oven or pan heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add in chicken, potato, onion and garlic. Cook until chicken is no longer pink, about 10-15 minutes. Add in the flour and stir well to combine. Add in the broth and milk stirring well to combine. Add in the frozen vegetables and herbs. Simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened. Taste for salt and pepper. Pour into 9×13 baking dish.
  3. While the filling is simmering prepare topping. In a medium sized bowl mix together the flour, Parmesan cheese, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the milk just until combined. Using a spoon or your fingers, drop mixture into 1-2 inch pieces on top of the filling. (your fingers will get sticky, but that’s ok)
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Chicken Pot Pie with an easy crumble topping on top of creamy vegetables and chicken

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