Really? Wonder Wednesday is about chicken pot pie? Let me ‘splain. About a year ago, smack in the middle of my all vegan, nearly all-raw “eating episode” I found myself at the refrigeration section of Target throwing Marie Callendar’s chicken pot pies in my cart. I’m not sure if it was an act of defiance or desperation, but it happened. What I do know is that I expected comfort and warmth from that meal. It was my mom’s favorite and I was trying desperately to get myself back in her kitchen for just one minute.
It didn’t work. It tasted ok, but there was so much salt in it that I could literally (yes, I know what the means and it works here) watch my feet swell as I ate each bite. I only got through about a quarter of it, which was still about 900 calories and The Husband (who joined me in my gluttony) and I both moaned and groaned our way through the gastric upset that was our evening.
Pot Pie Fail.
Flash forward to this winter where I am desperate again for some warmth that green smoothies and salads just can’t bring. I’m trolling the internet for warm recipes and I keep coming up with chicken pot pies. I wonder if there is a way to make one that won’t kill me on the spot. I am wildly intimidated by this process because, as always, recreating a popular frozen or restaurant dish always freaks me out.
I remember I have some phyllo dough in the freezer from a failed attempt to make a New Year’s Eve appetizer. I think, if I can replace pie crust with phyllo and cut down on the sodium I might just be on to something. Also, I can’t bring myself to use perfectly good (and expensive) breasts of chicken when they’re just going to be covered in veggies and gravy, so I try a trick I learned recently when watching an entire day of Food Network as I held my baby niece. Instead of breast, I bought some chicken thighs to toss in. And of course, I skipped the celery because it is a well documented fact that celery makes me gag (also literally). The beauty of making your own is you pick the ingredients. Huzzah!
The result of this experiment was a pot pie that, while not very pretty (damn phyllo dough!), was enjoyed by everyone in the family. The Middle One even said, “mom, can you always make this and never buy it? It’s so much better when you make it.”
Now, there’s your wonder.
So, I present my (Wonder-ful) Homemade Budget Chicken Pot Pie. It may not be the healthiest recipe in the world, but it won’t make your feet swell and it sure is warm and comforting.
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