Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Pot Pie

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This broccoli cheddar chicken pot pie recipe is so good your family will be asking for it on a regular basis. This pie recipe is packed full of the tangy taste of onion and chive flavored cream cheese and sharp cheddar, earthy broccoli, and tender pieces of chicken. Easy and delicious dinner recipes are all you need to get you through your busy weeks, and this pot pie recipe isn’t nearly as complicated as traditional chicken pot pie recipes. Melissa, the developer of this recipe, created this chicken pie recipe as a means of using up leftover ingredients. As a result, you are likely to have most of the ingredients on hand already, and if you don’t, they are simple enough to get. This pot pie recipe is the ideal place to use store-bought rotisserie chicken for easy preparation, but if you are lucky to have leftover roast chicken from a previous meal, you could use that instead.

Pastry baking can be tedious and challenging, which are things that most people don’t have time for during the week. What makes this pot pie recipe, so weeknight worthy is the fact that it uses a store-bought pie crust for easy preparation. By using a prepared pie crust, you don’t have to handle the dough and create a mess in your kitchen. The filling is just a matter of thickening a sauce and stirring the vegetables and chicken into it. If making pie crust is your thing, however, feel free to use your favorite savory pie dough recipe. As long as it fits into a 9-inch pie plate, the recipe will be fine. For those who don’t have a pie dough recipe for their quiches or tarts, you can use whatever recipe you use for fruit pie recipes. Simply omit the sugar in the pastry and make sure your recipe has a good amount of salt.

Traditional chicken pot pie recipes use a béchamel sauce which is a combination of butter, flour, salt, and milk or cream. Bechamel sauce recipes form the basis for cheese sauces for dishes like macaroni and cheese and has the ideal richness and creaminess to enrobe chicken and veggies. Melissa’s recipe goes the easy route by relying on cream cheese to thicken the milk along with a small amount of flour. The entire mixture cooks on the stove until the cheese is melted and the sauce is thickened. Using cream cheese in this cooking recipe is the perfect kitchen hack because it builds flavor into the sauce by its added herbs. The onion and chive cream cheese is an ideal pairing to chicken, but you could change the recipe by adding whatever flavor you like. If you have plain cream cheese in the refrigerator, you can use that and finely chop whatever herbs you have on hand in your crisper. Quick and easy meals are excellent for how they allow you to use up what you have in the pantry, which is why this chicken and broccoli pie recipe should be included in your weekly roster. Thank you, Melissa, the author of Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen, for sharing her broccoli cheddar chicken pot pie recipe.**

Nutrition Facts for: Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Pot Pie from Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen
Ingredients: Packaged refrigerated pie crust, butter, green onion, milk, cream cheese, garlic salt, pepper, ground mustard, all-purpose flour, sharp cheddar cheese, rotisserie chicken, broccoli florets, egg.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 682, Calories from Fat 391, Total Fat 43.4g 67%, Saturated Fat 22.9g 115%, Cholesterol 174mg 58%, Sodium 745mg 31%, Potassium 367mg 10%, Carbohydrates 39.0g 13%, Dietary Fiber 0.9g 4%, Sugars 3.4g, Protein 37.4g, Vitamin A 21%, Vitamin C 36%, Calcium 37%, Iron 9%

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