Chicken Pot Pie

Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Yields Serves 8
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Dear SOS: I am looking for a good recipe for chicken pot pie.

David Stone


Dear David: This recipe from our files is perfect for this time of year. We’ve updated it slightly by adding more rosemary to the filling for flavor, and using a little more flour to thicken it. Be sure that the filling is hot when you place the biscuit topping over it.




Place the chicken breasts and thighs, onion and carrot in a saucepan. Add water to cover and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the peppercorns. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the chicken from the broth. Strain the broth with a fine mesh strainer. Add water to measure 5 cups. Set aside. Cut the chicken into bite-size chunks. Set aside.


Melt the butter in a 4-quart saucepan. Cook the diced onion, celery and carrots over medium heat until tender, 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook 2 minutes. Add the reserved broth and potatoes. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken bouillon and rosemary. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat to boiling, stirring until thickened, about 2 minutes. Mix in the chicken. Turn into a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Keep warm while preparing the biscuit dough.

Biscuit dough


Heat the oven to 425 degrees.


Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, sugar, sage and thyme. Cut in the shortening. Stir in the buttermilk just until the dough comes together in a ball.


Roll out the dough on a floured work surface using a floured rolling pin into a 12-by-8-inch rectangle. With the dull side of a knife, lightly score the top diagonally, forming diamond-shaped biscuits. Do not cut completely through the dough. Carefully lift the dough and place on top of the hot chicken mixture. Brush with the egg white.


Bake the pie until the biscuit topping is golden brown and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.