Best Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe (From Scratch)

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This homemade Chicken Pot Pie recipe is made completely from scratch and is the best chicken pot pie you’ll ever eat. A delicious filling made with a from-scratch sauce is nestled between two layers of flaky, buttery homemade pie crust for a meal your entire family will love. 

piece of chicken pot pie on a plate


Is there a more classic, cozy, fall meal than Chicken Pot Pie (or classic homemade meatloaf)? This homemade Chicken Pot Pie recipe is made from scratch and is the best chicken pot pie you’ll ever eat.

I often find chicken pot pie recipes with lots of processed ingredients – but not this from scratch version! You’ll never used condensed soups or buy a frozen pot pie again after trying this homemade chicken pot pie.

The delicious filling is thick and made with a from-scratch sauce that is never runny. And it’s all enveloped in a homemade double layer pie crust that is flaky and buttery, a meal your entire family will love.

chicken pot pie in a pie dish with one piece cut out

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe: Ingredients & Substitutions

overhead photo of the labeled ingredients in this chicken pot pie recipe
  • Crust. See notes on this All Butter Pie Crust Recipe for substitutions on the crust ingredients. 
  • Cooked chicken breasts. I most often use diced rotisserie chicken. You can use leftover grilled chicken, crock pot pulled chicken or cook it on the stovetop (instructions in the recipe card). You can also use leftover turkey and make turkey pot pie.
  • Red potatoes. Yukon Gold potatoes are a great substitute if you don’t have red potatoes. 
  • Carrots, Celery, Peas, Corn. You can add or subtract just about any of the veggies in this recipe and use your favorites with great results. 
  • Better Than Bouillon. This is a pretty important ingredient in this chicken pot pie recipe. It is my favorite chicken base by far and imparts the best flavor. You can use another brand or bouillon cubes.
  • Whole milk. 2% milk or half and half are good substitutions.
  • All-purpose flour. You can sub gluten-free all-purpose flour if desired. Also bread flour works well in a pinch. 
  • Egg Wash. Optional but recommended. You can use just an egg yolk or just cream if desired, but I find a combination works the best. 
chicken pot pie in a pie dish with one piece cut out on a plate near it

How to make Chicken Pot Pie (from scratch)

There are a few steps in this chicken pot pie recipe, but it really is easy to make! As always, we’ll walk through the process step-by-step and don’t forget to watch the video!

Make the Crust

So many people wonder, “How do you make chicken pot pie crust from scratch?” Well It’s really easy and takes less than 5 minutes! You can follow this all-butter pie crust tutorial and video for more detailed information on how to make it! 

It’s important to make the crust first because it has to chill for at least 1 hour before being rolled and used in this chicken pot pie recipe.  

two overhead photos showing how to make a chicken pot pie crust

Make the Sauce

The next step in the process is to make the sauce, and then set it aside while you cook potatoes and veggies for the filling. To do this, whisk together flour, onion powder, garlic powder, garlic salt pepper and milk together in a small bowl. 

In a 4-quart pan over medium heat, boil water, then add the chicken bouillon and whisk until dissolved. Add the milk mixture to boiling water/bouillon and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside to use later. 

two overhead photos showing how to make chicken pot pie

Make the Filling

Add potatoes, 2 TBS butter and garlic and water to a large, nonstick saucepan and cover. Cook, covered for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally.

Add carrots, onion, celery and additional 2 TBS butter. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until soft, stirring occasionally.

How to Cook Chicken for Chicken Pot Pie

If you don’t keep rotisserie chicken on hand, to cook the chicken breasts follow these instructions: 

  1. Cover chicken breasts in chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  2. Boil the chicken covered for about 20-30 minutes, or until easily shredded. Remember, the thicker your chicken breasts are, the longer they will need to cook.
two overhead photos showing how to make chicken pot pie

Add peas, corn, chicken and sauce and then stir to combine. Cover and set aside while you roll out the pie crusts. 

two overhead photos showing how to make chicken pot pie

Assemble

Now it’s time to put all the delicious parts of this chicken pot pie together!

Roll out both discs of dough. Fit one disc to the bottom of the pie plate. Roll out the second to be used as the top. Place bottom dough into the pie plate, then pour the filling into the bottom crust and spread it out evenly. 

Add the other crust on top, pinch the edges together and cut an “X” in the top. Brush with the egg wash (if desired). 

two overhead photos showing how to make chicken pot pie

Bake

Use a pie crust shield to protect the outer crust and bake at 425 for 30 – 35 minutes on the lower rack of your oven, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Remove the pie crush shield in the last 5 minutes of baking if the outer crust is not browning.

Cool Slightly and Serve

Remove from the oven and place the chicken pot pie on a wire cooling rack. Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

two overhead photos showing how to make chicken pot pie

Serve!

While I usually serve this homemade chicken pot pie warm as a meal of it’s own (no side dishes required. You can choose to serve it with your favorite side dishes! Here are some recommendations on what to serve with chicken pot pie: 

FAQs about Chicken Pot Pie

How do you keep chicken pie from getting soggy on the bottom? 

If you find you have a soggy bottom crust I have two suggestions on how to troubleshoot that: 
Make sure the filling is cooled slightly before adding it to the bottom crust. 
Bake the chicken pot pie on the lowest rack in your oven to ensure it bakes thoroughly. 

How do I thicken chicken pot pie? 

Thankfully the homemade sauce in this chicken pot pie recipes ensures that your final result will be a beautifully thick, not liquidy homemade chicken pot pie!

How long does chicken pot pie last in the fridge? 

If you don’t eat it all in 24 hours, (which we almost always do) this chicken pot pie recipe from scratch will last for 3-5 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze Homemade Chicken pot pie?

Yes. I recommend baking the entire thing and then putting it in the freezer. To reheat, simply cover the frozen chicken pot pie with foil and warm it in the oven at 375 degrees F for 35-45 minutes.

slice of chicken pot pie in a plate

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Best Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe (From Scratch)

Laura
This homemade Chicken Pot Pie recipe is made completely from scratch and is the best chicken pot pie you’ll ever eat. A delicious filling made with a from-scratch sauce is nestled between two layers of flaky, buttery homemade pie crust for a meal your entire family will love. 
4.99 from 53 votes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 14 Servings
Calories 355
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Chilling time (crust)1 hour
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Double Pie Crust

Chicken pot pie filling

  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and shredded (about 4-5 cups)
  • 2 red potatoes diced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 Tablespoons butter divided
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 2 stalks celery (1 cup), diced
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup frozen corn

Chicken pot pie filling sauce

Egg Wash

  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream (or whole or 2% milk)
  • 1 egg yolk

Instructions 

Make the Crust

  • Add flour, sea salt, sugar, butter and ice cold water to the container of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade.
  • Process until coarse crumbs form.
  • Dump the dough mixture out onto a work surface and form it into a ball. Then divide it into two equal portions and form those portions into two discs.
  • Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  • After crust has chilled and you are ready to make the chicken pot pie:
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Make the Sauce

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, onion powder, garlic powder, garlic salt and pepper.
  • Add milk and whisk until combined, set aside.
  • In a 4-quart pan over medium heat, boil water.
  • Add chicken bouillon and whisk until dissolved.
  • Add milk/dry ingredient mixture to boiling water/bouillon, whisk to combine.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick (about 3 minutes).
  • Remove from heat, cover and set aside.

Make the Filling

  • Add potatoes, 2 TBS butter and garlic and water to a large, nonstick saucepan and cover. Cook covered for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally.
  • Add carrots, onion, celery and additional 2 TBS butter. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until soft, stirring occasionally.
  • Add peas, corn, chicken and sauce. Stir until combined. Remove from heat and set aside.

Assemble the Chicken Pot Pie

  • Roll out both discs of dough.
  • Fit one disc to the bottom of the pie plate. Roll out the second to be used as the top.
  • Place bottom dough into the pie plate.
  • Put filling on top of the crust.
  • Add the other crust on top, pinch the edges together and cut an “X” in the top.
  • Whisk together the egg yolk and heavy cream.
  • Brush it all over the crust with a pastry brush.
  • Use a pie crust shield to protect the outer crust.

Bake, Cool & Serve

  • Bake at 425 for 30 – 35 minutes on the lower rack of your oven, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Remove the pie crush shield in the last 5 minutes of baking if the outer crust is not browning.
  • Remove from the oven and place the chicken pot pie on a wire cooling rack. Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions  
  • Crust. See notes on this All Butter Pie Crust Recipe for substitutions on the crust ingredients. 
  • Cooked chicken breasts. I most often use diced rotisserie chicken. You can use leftover grilled chicken, crock pot pulled chicken or cook it on the stovetop (instructions in the recipe card). You can also use leftover turkey and make turkey pot pie.
  • Red potatoes. Yukon Gold potatoes are a great substitute if you don’t have red potatoes. 
  • Carrots, Celery, Peas, Corn. You can add or subtract just about any of the veggies in this recipe and use your favorites with great results. 
  • Better Than Bouillon. This is a pretty important ingredient in this chicken pot pie recipe. It is my favorite chicken base by far and imparts the best flavor. You can use another brand or bouillon cubes.
  • Whole milk. 2% milk or half and half are good substitutions.
  • All-purpose flour. You can sub gluten-free all-purpose flour if desired. Also bread flour works well in a pinch. 
  • Egg Wash. Optional but recommended. You can use just an egg yolk or just cream if desired, but I find a combination works the best. 
How to Cook Chicken for Chicken Pot Pie
If you don’t have leftover chicken, cook it like this:
  1. Cover chicken breasts in chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  2. Boil the chicken covered for about 20-30 minutes, or until easily shredded. Remember, the thicker your chicken breasts are, the longer they will need to cook.

Nutrition

Serving: 1portion | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 681mg | Potassium: 432mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2825IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this chicken pie. It was very good. I did add a little thyme to the sauce and left out the potatoes. Will be making this recipe again.

  2. 5 stars
    First this was delicious…..but the recipe was hard to follow with all the scrolling up and down .Please change the composition of your recipes.Give us the ingredients,then the step by step.I kept losing my place and my phone screen locking then trying to unlock with butter and flour all over my fingertips.

    1. Click the “jump to recipe” button and you will have all the information in the recipe card. There is also a “cook mode” you can toggle on so the screen doesn’t lock.

  3. 5 stars
    I can speak to the filling and the sauce part of the recipe, but they were perfection. Next time, when I don’t have extra dough (crescent roll sheet) on hand, I will use the crust recipe. Because, if the other two parts are perfection, it has to be just right too! That is absolutely the best recipe I’ve ever had.

  4. 5 stars
    It was hard for me to follow completely on my phone so I followed the creamed part except I had fresh made Chicken broth and I used one bouillon cube. I used one cup of skim milk and 1/2 of cream. I put some fresh thyme into the other spices. I didn’t use celery or corn but fresh mushrooms and onion along with the peas, carrots and potatoes. Oh I also used store bought crust. Delish!!! Thanks for giving me the basics. I’m 63 and this is something I’ve never made.

  5. 5 stars
    I enjoyed the recipe and the final product. What I cannot figure out is the amount of pie filling that was in the recipe. If you add up the water, milk, chicken, potatoes, veggies, etc, you will end up with at least 12 cups of filling. Plenty of filling for at least 2 complete chicken pot pies. I froze half and still had another large amount of filling for my CPP. No loss as I’ll enjoy the frozen at a later date. I must have missed something??

  6. 5 stars
    I made this Pot Pie with left over turkey however I used a store bought crust!! But it was wonderful!!! My son in law and two of my good friends could not say enough about the pie said it was so good that it topped the Thanksgiving dinner two days before!! I loved how easy it was and I made two so I increased the amounts just a little and it was perfect MAKE THIS IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A POT PIE RECEIPE. GREAT FLAVOR.THNAK YOU FOR SUCH A GREAT RECEIPE.

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made this pie. Several times and it always comes out perfect. Thanks for sharing. Today I made it with leftover turkey.

  8. 5 stars
    This is, hands down, the BEST chicken pot pie I’ve ever made OR eaten. It’s a lovely combination of savory flavors, complete comfort food at its absolute best. I didn’t have potatoes the first time I made it so used more veg. My husband loved it so much that, when I mentioned I’d had to omit the potatoes, he suggested I make it again immediately for comparison. We both agree—the potatoes are a great add! Signing up for your site and following you on Pinterest!