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Paleo Chicken Pot Pie

I love chicken pot pie. My best friend recently suggested that I come up with a paleo version. I accepted the challenge and got busy baking!

Honestly, I’d never had homemade chicken pot pie. I’ve had the frozen variety a couple of times (to my mother’s horror) and order it in restaurants when I want a warm, cozy, American classic.

I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say that the crust is the best part of a chicken pot pie. With my incredibly high standards for a flaky, savory, take you back to childhood crust, I started my paleo conversion. The experiments were a success. This recipe is DEAD ON.

I adore Ina Garten and used her pot pie recipe as a rough go by. Like the classic recipe, hers calls for green peas. The paleo friendliness of green peas is arguable. I left them in because to me, it’s not pot pie without green peas. Feel free to substitute with broccoli if you want another option.

In addition to these little pies being simple and delicious, they also make for surprisingly easy cleanup. The baked-on bits that unavoidably spill over wash off with ease – another testament to why cooking with almond meal is a great idea.

The instructions may look long, but it’s a simple process. Don’t be intimidated and jump in. Be sure you let the pot pies cool after baking; just like their non-paleo cousins, these little guys come out boiling lava hot.

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Paleo Chicken Pot Pie

Adapted from Ina Garten’s Chicken Pot Pie.

Approximate Nutrition Facts:

Serving size: 1 personal pot pie

Makes 8 personal pot pies

670 Calories; 50 g Fat; 38 g Protein; 7 g Sugar

Ingredients:

CRUST:

3 cups Almond Meal

1.5 tsp Kosher Salt

1 tsp Baking Powder

½ cup Coconut Oil (room temperature)

1 Tbl Cool Water

PIE:

2 Chicken Breast Halves Roasted and Cubed (about 1 lb raw)

2 cups Yellow Onions Chopped

2 cups Frozen Green Peas

2 cups Frozen Carrots

¼ cup Coconut Milk (full fat)

¾ cup Almond Meal

4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock

3 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

1 tsp Black Pepper

1 Egg (for egg wash)

Directions:

ROASTED CHICKEN:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Wash chicken breast and pat dry.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Drizzle and rub 1 Tbl EVOO on the chicken breast.

Sprinkle with generous amount of kosher salt and cracked black pepper.

Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes.

Remove from oven when finished and let cool.

Cut into about ½” cubes when cool enough to handle.

CRUST:

In a food processor, mix the dry ingredients together (almond meal, salt, and baking powder).

Add the coconut oil and slowly pulse until it’s evenly mixed. It should have the consistence of peas.

Slowly add the water and pulse until it forms a dough-like texture.

Remove from food processor, roll into a ball and wrap in cling wrap.

Put the dough into the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

[Now is a good time to start on the pie fillings]

Dust a pastry board (or cutting board) with almond meal.

Place the ball of dough on the dry almond meal and cut into 8 even sections. (Roll into one large piece if you’re making one large pie.)

Using your hands first and then a rolling pen for even thickness, press and roll each of the 8 pieces into a circle.

Keep dusting the top and bottom of dough with dry almond meal so that it doesn’t stick.

Use the ramekin or dish you are baking in to cut the right-size circle in the dough.

PIE:

Heat the EVOO in the bottom of a large pot.

Add the yellow onions and cook on medium/high until they’re brown.

Slowly add the almond meal and reduce the heat.

Slowly add the chicken stock and stir.

Add the coconut milk, 1 tsp salt, and black pepper.

Add the peas, carrots, and chicken.

Spoon an even amount into each of the 8 ramekins (or other oven-friendly bowls).

Place the crust on top of the filling.

Scramble one egg and paint the crust of each pie generously.

Sprinkle with kosher salt and cut 3-4 slits in the top.

Bake at 375 for one hour.

Let cool, then ENJOY!

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour

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65 Comments Post a comment
  1. Brien #

    what if i want to do a full size in a casserole dish? any idea how that will affect my cooking time?

    December 2, 2012
    • I do! I made a full size pot pie for a friend with this same recipe. Bake at 375 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Hope you enjoy!

      December 4, 2012
  2. Mandy Curley #

    Are all the measurements the same for a full size pie? I’ll be using a 9″ pie pan. This looks delish!

    January 27, 2013
    • Mandy! I’m so sorry I’m just now getting back with you! Yes, the measurements should be similar. You may have some leftover dough. Did you make it? If so, how did it turn out? Thanks for stopping by!

      January 29, 2013
      • Mandy Curley #

        No worries! I made it and it turned out great! I am NOT the cook of the family and even I was able to handle this recipe and kind of enjoyed myself doing it! My husband was sick and craving some comfort food. This was the perfect answer and we even fought over who got the leftovers! I’ve bookmarked your page to check out some other recipes! Thanks!

        January 31, 2013
      • I’m so glad y’all liked it and that you had fun making it!!

        January 31, 2013
  3. David #

    This might be a stupid question, but there are no carbs, right? Thanks! Looks great!

    February 4, 2013
    • Hi David! Not a stupid question at all. There are about 8g of carbs in one serving. The carbs come mostly from the green peas and carrots.

      February 5, 2013
  4. Shelly #

    A question I have is on the peas. Everything I’ve ever read about being paleo is peas aren’t excepted as they are a legume. Can I use broccoli instead of peas?

    February 11, 2013
    • Great question, Shelly! Green peas are pretty low in phytic acid and lectins (the properties of legumes that bump them from the paleo-friendly food list). That being said, you can absolutely substitute with broccoli. It is just as tasty. I recommend you check out this article ( http://www.paleoplan.com/2012/08-14/are-green-beans-and-snow-peas-paleo/ ) for more info on paleo-friendly legumes. Hope that helps!

      February 11, 2013
  5. KarenH #

    Thanks for the recipe! I am going to give it a try!

    February 11, 2013
    • Great!! I hope you like it. Feel free to give feedback! I’m always open to new ways to improve the recipes.

      February 11, 2013
  6. Ashley #

    I tried it with a larger dish, and had a hard time getting the crust to stick together :/ Overall, great taste. Will try this with the Ramekins. Did you notice that the crust that touched the veggie/wet mixture was mealy? It didnt seem like the almond meal really cooked through there.

    February 11, 2013
    • Hi Ashley! Thanks for your note. I think it’s more difficult to keep the broth from lapping on the crust in a larger dish. Too much moisture directly on the crust can keep it from forming a crisp. One possible work-around is to make sure the chicken and veggies stick up above the broth high enough for the crust to lay on. Hopefully that helps and I so glad you liked the taste!

      February 12, 2013
  7. Jenna #

    What kind of almond meal do you use? I used the one trader joes carries and it was much darker in color than your photos. Also it seemed pretty mealy. Not a smooth doughy texture. Any suggestions? Other thank that great recipe! Very tasty!

    February 18, 2013
    • Hi Jenna! When I’m making cookies or crusts (like this one) I typically opt for Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour. It’s almost triple the price of Trader Joes, but is much more refined. I completely think it’s worth keeping some on hand. I use the Trader Joes almond meal for thickening soups and making grainier baked goods – like homemade larabars. Hope this helps! So glad you thought it was tasty!

      February 19, 2013
  8. Jessica #

    Is the 670 calories for one personal pie or for all 8 combined?

    February 23, 2013
  9. Scout #

    So I made this last night in a glass 8×8 dish because I don’t have the mini bowls. When I scooped a piece out, the entire bottom of the dish was oil. Did anyone else encounter this? It was pretty disgusting… I really didn’t want to eat it. I followed the directions exactly – even left it in for 1hr15min.

    April 8, 2013
    • Hi Scout! I’m sorry to hear about the dish not working out. Because I’m not in the kitchen with you to observe the process, it’s difficult for me to know exactly where it went wrong. This recipe does not contain an excessive amount of fat so I’m confused about the oily texture you found at the bottom of the dish. I know that more people have had greater success with a crisp crust in the smaller ramekins – if you ever get your hands on one. I’ve got this recipe queued for one of my first video cooking demonstrations – I hope it will help clear up the process. Thanks for your feedback and I hope it works out better for you next time!

      April 8, 2013
  10. Adriana #

    Hi there! So I made this tonight, and the filling was great until I put it into the oven! The almond flour made it really grainy and I couldn’t get through a serving. Do you think arrowroot powder would be a good substitute?

    April 16, 2013
    • Hi Adriana! Arrowroot powder might be a good substitute. I haven’t experimented with it yet but it’s a definite possibility. I’m sorry yours turned out grainy. I’ve found that if you put less broth in each ramekin, the crust will crisp and not melt into the filling. Thanks for the feedback. I’ll experiment with arrowroot the next time I make this and report back 🙂

      April 17, 2013
      • Gina #

        Hi,
        I made this a couple of nights ago and it was fantastic! It tasted exactly like chicken pot pie!! I used arrowroot powder instead of almond flour in the filling, no grainy texture. I did not make the crust though so I can’t comment on it.

        April 20, 2013
  11. Leanne H. #

    Can’t wait to try this! Do you think this would keep well iif frozen? I don’t really need 8 servings, but would love to freeze them to have on hand. Thanks!

    May 2, 2013
    • Hi Leanne! I haven’t tried freezing it yet so I can’t say for sure, but I would recommend freezing the crust separate from the rest of the filling. Spoon out or cut off the portion you need as you go. Hope this helps! If I freeze it, I promise to come back and report 🙂

      May 2, 2013
  12. Jamie #

    Oh my! I made this last night and it was ahhhmazing!!! I’ve been craving chicken pot pies for a while and figured I’d look for a paleo version, this hit the spot for sure! My husband was even impressed 🙂 way to go! And thank you!!

    June 2, 2013
    • Thanks, Jamie!! I’m so glad you both liked it. I love this recipe and am so giddy when it turns out well for others. 🙂

      June 2, 2013
  13. is it possible to sub coconut flour for the almond flour?

    July 19, 2013
    • It’s definitely possible but I haven’t tried it myself. Coconut flour is a lot more absorbent than almond meal so the liquid to dry ratio will be much different. If you experiment and find success, I’d love to know!

      July 19, 2013
  14. karen #

    I was so excited to hear there was a paleo chicken pot pie recipe, but my sweetie is allergic to almonds. New challenge?

    July 27, 2013
    • Hi Karen! Good challenge. I haven’t tried a nut-free chicken pot pie yet but I have it written in my development book. You could experiment with coconut flour – just know that the dry-wet ingredient amounts will vary because coconut flour is extremely absorbent.

      July 29, 2013
      • I originally tried your recipe with the same amount of Bob Red Mill’s All Purpose gluten free flour and it worked perfectly! Nut free!:)

        August 6, 2013
      • That’s great to know! Thanks!

        August 14, 2013
  15. I never knew there were so many “not salad and meat” paleo recipes.. to be honest i hate most veggies (this is something i am breaking in my self.. sadly i think brussel sprouts will never make the menu though!) It is friday and this is going on my list of things im making this weekend!

    August 2, 2013
    • Haha “not salad and meat” recipes can be some of the tastiest. I hope you loved the pot pies!

      August 14, 2013
  16. I found your recipe earlier this week and I have been waiting for Saturday to come so I could make it. Even though it took a bit of time to prepare and bake, man, it was SO worth it! I served it with a side of cauliflower and it was just superb. The crust was a bit of hard work and I didn’t get it as nice as yours but it still tasted great.

    I made 4 individual ones and one large one. For the large one I cut the crust into strips to make it easier to lay over the pie and that worked out really well.

    I didn’t use peas but I did put in green beans and that worked really nice too.

    Thank you so much for this Cassandra, it really hit the spot. The recipe was easy to follow and I didn’t need to make any adjustments, it just worked! This is great comfort food and I know I’ll be making this a lot when winter comes around. Or maybe like every week? Haha.

    My in-law’s loved it, definitely a keeper!

    August 3, 2013
    • Hi Stephanie! I’m so thrilled that you and your family liked the pies! Cutting the dough into strips sounds like a brilliant idea. Thank you for the sweet comment.

      August 14, 2013
  17. claire #

    I made this tonight for Sunday dinner and my husband said it was the best thing he has ever eaten – and we eat very well. great recipe and thanks! I could only eat half- it was so filling! I used TJs almond meal and it was no problem. I liked the texture actually! I used zucchini diced instead of peas to keep carbs lower. I also used pretty large ramekins as it was the only offering at dinner- no sides or salad. so the yield was about 5 instead of 8.
    thanks again!

    August 11, 2013
    • Hi Claire! Thank you so much for the comment. I’m thrilled that you and your husband liked it! My family raves about this dish too. I’m also glad to know that the TJs almond meal worked out for you.

      August 14, 2013
  18. I am definitely going to try this soon. Looks like a great recipe! 🙂

    August 29, 2013
  19. megeb #

    I made this tonight and unfortunately it was a complete fail… Although the flavor was amazing… So maybe not COMPLETE. I tried making the crust dough twice without luck. After refrigerating at least 30 minutes, the dough completely fell apart when trying to roll it. I tried again without luck, this time letting it cool and set up or whatever even longer. I ended up just using a normal pie crust and dealing with the gluten; however, are we sure the four cups of chicken stock is right? Mine ended up completely soupy inside the tasty (but not paleo) crust. Like we are talking chicken soup runny -not like chicken pot pie type creamy. I’m guessing its cause of the four cups of broth among other things. The flavor was wonderful however so I won’t complain about that at all!

    September 6, 2013
    • I’m glad the flavors were good! The recipe as written is how I make it on a pretty regular basis. I’m sorry you had so much trouble with the dough.

      September 9, 2013
  20. maria #

    Hey this looks great! I was thinking of using canned tuna instead of chicken.. do you think that would work as well?

    September 7, 2013
    • Hm, it’s definitely worth a try! I’d love to know how it comes out!

      September 9, 2013
  21. lauren #

    Do you think this would work with coconut flour? I can’t eat almonds, but I’d love to add this to my menu for fall/winter.

    September 25, 2013
    • Hi Lauren! I haven’t made it with coconut flour, so I can’t say for sure. I definitely recommend you experiment (you’ll need to use less flour and more liquid in the crust) and come back to let us know!

      September 29, 2013
    • 1snowbrat #

      Lauren, I have substituted chestnut and hazelnut flours for almond flour when I bake something for my mom and have had good results. She is also allergic to almonds. Hazelnut has a stronger flavor so I would stick with the Chestnut flour with this recipe.

      January 5, 2014
  22. So I just thought I’d chime in with my experience. I’m vegetarian, but I’m gluten free as well. And thus many paleo recipes are of interest to me. I changed out the chicken for Beyond Meat, which is soy based and thus not paleo. And didn’t use the egg wash.

    I had an issue with my crust cracking really bad, and it wouldn’t make it from the cutting board to the ramekin without the help of plastic wrap. But once baked it was amazing, even without the egg wash.

    I really liked the recipe! Check out my site for a picture. ^.^

    October 10, 2013
  23. Reblogged this on Yoga4friends and commented:
    We are in a paleo dinner mood in my house. Here is another one that neice Nicole plans to make–soon, I hope. I modified this recipe. Use fresh carrots. I dry and use the meal left over from making almond milk..after all, the almond meal is only here as a vehicle for oil and water to form into dough. You could also use rice flour, garbanzo meal, or Pamela’s gluten free flour. I love the pictures.

    October 19, 2013
  24. Stephanie Smith #

    I made these tonight for dinner and OMG! SO delicious! Comforting, filling, tasty, easy, this is definitely going into my rotation for dinners. My un-Paleo husband gobbled up two! I followed the recipe exactly, and it was perfect! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! A+++++!

    October 20, 2013
    • Woo!! That’s great feedback, Stephanie! Thank you! So glad y’all liked them. Isn’t feeding tasty Paleo food to non-Paleo eaters the MOST fun?!

      October 21, 2013
  25. Reblogged this on Teach.Pack.Eat and commented:
    I love when I discover that something I thought I’d have to give up can be something I can enjoy even more :).

    November 29, 2013
  26. Crystal Carver #

    I have got to say, that was amazing! My Hubby and little Girl loved it. I rolled the dough out very thin between two parchment papers and baked in a pie dish. Crust was flakey, which we really enjoyed. Thank you for sharing!

    December 7, 2013

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