A warm nutritious meal, 7 ingredients, and a 100% satisfied family?! Impossible? No way! Crust-Free Chicken Pot Pie is a simple recipe with your name on it.
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While I was considering my options for this challenge, my sister sent me a Pinterest recipe for pot pie. Her family loved this dinner dish, but she wanted to serve it with less calories and fat.
This recipe became my Recipe Redux, but could I do it with just 7 ingredients?
While traditional pie crusts on pot pies are very tasty, they are also high in fat. To reduce both the fat and calorie content, the crust would have to go. I decided on a mashed potato topping instead.
I love mashed potatoes for many reasons.
First, my children love all things potato. This makes it a veggie that will entice them to take that first bite. Second, potatoes are cost effective and can be stored for longer periods of time than other veggies.
Homemade mashed potatoes can be healthy if you watch what is added to them. They are simple to make as well. All you need to do is boil the potatoes, mash them with a masher or fork, add some chicken stock and season to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic. Yum. No butter or heavy cream needed. Save those decadent mashed potatoes as a treat for the holidays. 🙂
When making mashed potatoes, I always leave the skin on. I do this for 2 reasons:
- I am lazy and peeling takes time.
- The skin is packed with healthy stuff!
The skin of a potato has about 5 grams of fiber, is loaded with the minerals iron, potassium, and magnesium, along with vitamins B6, vitamin C, and thiamine. So don’t go tossing those skins down the drain!
My kids are not thrilled that I keep the skins on the potatoes, but they love mashed potatoes so much they over look this and eat them up every time. I encourage you to give it a try!
In order to add extra kid appeal to the Crust-Free Chicken Pot Pie, use super fun ramekins. Ok – who am I kidding – I use them because they make me happy too. 🙂 If you don’t own ramekins, a large oven safe pan would work great as a one dish meal.
I utilized healthy prepackaged foods to decrease the steps needed to prepare this recipe. You could use leftover chicken from a prior dinner, or grab a whole rotisserie chicken and chop it up. Frozen veggies are a great side to always have in the freezer and come in handy for dishes like this.
I will leave you with that quote my 7 year old daughter said in regards to this dish, which she named Piggy Pies. “Mom, I can see the vegetables. I am going to have to eat them because this Piggy Pie is just so good. I know that was your plan”. How right she is. 🙂Save fat and calories, not flavor, in this lighted up Chicken Pot Pie. #dinner #glutenfree… Click To Tweet
- 8 medium baby red potatoes
- 1 lb cooked and diced chicken
- 3 TBSP butter
- 3 1/2 cups chicken stock (gluten free) - divided
- 2 c frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup flour (use an all purpose gluten-free flour blend if needed)
- Cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil.
- Boil until soft, about 20 minutes.
- While potatoes are boiling, melt butter in large oven safe fry pan.
- Once butter is melted, whisk in flour to make roux.
- Slowly whisk in 3 cups chicken stock.
- Add frozen veggies, shredded cheese, and diced chicken.
- Over medium heat, bring to boil.
- Dish into 8 ramekins or leave in oven safe fry pan.
- Top with mashed potatoes.
- Bake 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Optional: Salt & pepper to taste. Dried parsley for garnishing.
- See Mashed Potato Recipe Below.
- 8 medium baby red potatoes
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse potatoes.
- Add potatoes to a large pot of water.
- Bring to boil.
- Boil 20 minutes, or until potatoes are softened.
- Drain water.
- Mash potatoes with potato masher or fork.
- Stir in chicken stock, add additional chicken stock if thinner potatoes are desired.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Optional: fresh garlic can be added for extra flavor.
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