Cheesy Twist on a Classic Casserole

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You know you’re ready for fall when, despite the unseasonably warm temps, you can’t stop making warm & cozy dishes including Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie, oh my!

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Oh YES! I adapted my Mom’s recipe for Classic Macaroni & Cheese to be half as cheesy and to use up some leftover rotisserie chicken in the fridge, and came up with this delish twist on the classic chicken pot pie. :)

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Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons flour

salt & pepper

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup skim milk

1 Tablespoon dehydrated onion

4oz Velveeta, cubed

1 1/2 cups frozen vegetables, partially thawed

8oz shredded chicken

1 package refrigerated biscuits

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a large saucepan then sprinkle in flour and dashes of salt & pepper. Stir for 20-30 seconds (mixture will be thick,) giving the flour taste a chance to cook out.

2. Gradually add broth & milk in 4 or 5 batches, whisking well between each batch to avoid lumps. Add onion and cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until sauce is thick and bubbly. About 10 minutes.

3. Turn off the heat and stir in Velveeta until melted. Add vegetables and chicken, then pour mixture into a greased 8×8 casserole dish. Top with biscuits and bake according to package directions.

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OMG, if you know someone who is sick – make this for them NOW! It is so comforting!

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The cheesy, chicken broth-based sauce is thick and super flavorful. It’s not too thick and not too cheesy – it’s juuuuust right. YUM!

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Tip: Don’t buy biscuits with “layers”. The buttermilk biscuits I used were just  barely cooked through, so I think biscuits that are any thicker would still be doughy on the bottom.

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This will definitely be making an appearance on my weekly menu during the frigid cold winter…and on your doorstep if you get sick. :)

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Ben and I are traveling out of town for a wedding this weekend, but I have a feeling I’ll be busy the next couple of nights so I’m going to pack tonight. Kind of proud of myself, actually! ;)

Goodnight!

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What’s your favorite kind of pie?

Cream pie: Banana cream pie

Fruit pie: Perkin’s Triple Berry (omg!)

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Comments

  1. That pot pie looks delicious! And super easy, as always! My favorite cream pie is banana cream pie as well, and I love a good cherry pie with a flaky, top crust. SO good.

  2. Jill 10.06.2010

    Pumpkin Pie for sure!!

  3. French silk pie!

  4. Liz @ Blog is the New Black 10.06.2010

    Great idea. You are so clever! I’m actually not a fan of pan- I’m more of a cake gal.

  5. Lesley 10.06.2010

    I love cheesy chicken pot pie! Or any pot pie really. And that is a crazy looking caterpillar! Good thing you missed it.

    Mmmm, I’ll jump on the banana cream pie bandwagon, although I also love a good lemon meringue. Yum.

    Also, I made your tortilla egg scramble over the weekend. Two big thumbs up! (Actually 4 – my mom loved it too.)

  6. I like graham cracker crusts! Key Lime Pie is a fave. Not a fan of the traditional pie crust at all.

  7. Lauren 10.06.2010

    MMMM, what a great recipe. Mom only has the best kind of these recipes. Casseroles, Pies, Soups….I always go to my mom’s classics.

    My favorite pie? Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie!

  8. Dream Mom 10.06.2010

    I am with you on this warm and cozy foods-I can’t stop thinking about them! Your pot pie looks good. Paula Deen has a “Hurry Up Chicken Pot Pie” that I’ve made for a few years now-uses an instant biscuit mix (I use Jiffy’s All Purpose Baking Mix) but same concept only using Cream of Chicken soup, hard boiled eggs, chicken, carrots, peas and whatever other vegetable I have on hand (I like to toss in broccoli.)

    As for pie, I am not a big pie person but I’ve made this “Berry Crisp with Nuts and Oatmeal Topping” from the book, “Super Foods RX: Fourteen Foods….”; the recipes are created by chefs from the Golden Door and Rancho La Puerta spas. It is delicious. Made with three kinds of nuts (almonds, pecans and walnuts) and four kinds of berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries) but I skip the blackberrries. The recipe is to die for plus the house smells great while it’s baking.

    I also make Rachel Rays’ Apple Crisp every Thanksgiving-it’s really good, plus it’s simple, delicious and low calorie at around 250 calories per serving (can’t beat that on Thanksgiving!).

  9. My mom always has the BEST sugar cream pie! I think it’s a total midwest (maybe Indiana) thing. Loooove!

    Made your chocolate chip cookie pie for July 4th and it was a huge hit :)

  10. Liz @ LBBakes 10.06.2010

    Cream pie – COCONUT!!!

    Fruit pie – raspberry :)

  11. Dawn Patricia 10.06.2010

    NOOOO! Your caterpillar is so much cuter than the one I found in my fridge last week! He was hiding out on some veggies my guess. That blueberry smoothie you made the other day is still in my mind…gonna have to pick up some ingredients for weekend breakfast. I’m definitely in a comfort-food state of mind these days!

  12. stacy 10.06.2010

    sweet potato pie ….. mmmmmyummy!

  13. Exercise and Eat 10.06.2010

    French silk and cherry pie!

  14. Angharad 10.06.2010

    LOVE twists on classics like this. This looks proper delish – good work my friend! Adding to my list of hunker-down foods for winter :)

  15. What a fantastically creative dinner :) Great work!

  16. Katie 10.06.2010

    After reading everyone’s comments, my favorite pie of choice kept changing! Doh! So my top 3 would have to be: cherry pie, pumpkin pie, and strawberry rhubarb pie, and all of course served with vanilla ice cream! Not sure if you are a fan of hot sauce, but it’s perfect on chicken pot pie. That recipe looks delish! :)

  17. Jean 10.06.2010

    That looks SO delicious. It almost has me looking forward to a really chilly Minnesota winter day I can make a steaming hot bowl of cheesy chicken pot pie! What a beautiful looking dish.

    By the way, I have been seeing all kinds of those caterpillars on the trails during my runs. I usually try to stop and rescue them from being crushed because they are so cute! :)

  18. Aw, that looks sooo comforting! I love pot pie but NEVER make it. This looks way more do-able. Love it!

  19. Ashley 10.06.2010

    I never had pot pie until this year. A stand at my Friday Farmers’ Market during work sells them and they are so good! I always try to skip out of work for a bit to make it to the market.

  20. girliefriend 10.06.2010

    I think I have a cold..*sniff*

    /waits by door with fork in hand..

  21. Kristin from MN 10.06.2010

    I can’t pick just one! My granny’s banana cream pie, my mom’s blueberry pie with crumb topping, my own coconut cream pie, and Schwan’s Andes Mint Pie! Okay now I’m hungry for some pie! :D

  22. Hilary 10.06.2010

    I’ve always wanted to make pot pie and this looks super easy! My brother and I used to ride up and down our lane on our bicycles “saving” the woolly bear catapillars that were at risk for getting smooshed.

    And my favorite pie is probably pecan pie. With ice cream of course :)

  23. is it bad that i don’t really like pie? but i do love pumpkin pie! :)

  24. dmcgirl 10.06.2010

    I made a casserole as well, but mine was done it 15 minutes… ;-)

    It is hot there and raining here in So. Cal.

    What is with the weather???

  25. mich 10.06.2010

    In college I had a part time food taste testing gig for ConAgra foods. I had to try so many pot pies…. I don’t know if I can ever eat them again. But yours looks delish (and waaay healthier). Pies? Strawberry for fruit and peanut butter silk for cream.

  26. I can’t keep up with you! I made the macaroni dish from yesterday tonight (along with broiled asparagus and garlic salt), and now I know what I’ll be making tomorrow! Thank you for keeping the temptation away to go out to eat. I’d much rather spend money at the grocery store.

    As for pie, I love anything chocolate and peanut butter. But with the seasons coming around, I’m getting excited for a slice of pumpkin pie (or two – eek!).

  27. That sounds AMAZING!

  28. Ashley Pringle 10.06.2010

    My Grandma K makes the BEST pumpkin pie. I’m so excited to start eating it (along with other pumpkin flavored things this season…TCBY pumpkin yogurt is the best)!
    I also really like rhubarb pie and blueberry pie!

  29. My favorite pie is apple-cranberry! My aunt usually gets it from Market Day for Thanksgiving every year, but I followed a recipe and made it homemade last year and it tasted just as amazing :)

  30. Chocolate Pecan Pie!?

  31. I’m jealous of your warm weather!

  32. Sara 10.07.2010

    LOL I think that triple berry pie was on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate TV show….the guy from Unwrapped picked that as his favorite sliceable food.

    I like Pecan Pie!!! No, LOVE Pecan Pie :D

  33. Beth @ bethcooks 10.07.2010

    I have been wanting to make chicken pot pir for a while! Thanks for the recipe!

  34. Rose 10.07.2010

    Your meals always look so hearty and healthy. They remind me of home! Lately (now that I am finally reading blogs again!) I find that I am starring all of your recipes to save for later!

  35. oh wahhhh im so sick right now and i would air kiss the person who brings this to me :( i do all of the cooking for my boyfriend and i, so chances are this isn’t in the works :( wanna hop on a plane to philly??

  36. jen 10.07.2010

    French silk, all the way! Pecan’s pretty good too.

  37. diane 10.07.2010

    Sour cream raisin!

    I’ve never tried adding cheese – it sounds yummy! This is really close to how I make CPP. I use Pillsbury buttermilk frozen biscuits. One of my tricks is to add thyme and a splash of good dry sherry – It’s subtle but adds a lot of richness to the sauce.

  38. Leah 10.30.2010

    I love this post! I grew up in the midwest and have since relocated to the East coast. I miss the culture of turning anything into a fantastically tasty casserole – people out here just don’t know what they are missing!

  39. Meg O. 01.03.2011

    Kristin, I made this pot pie tonight for 20 people for a staff dinner where I work and they gobbled it up! It was excellent; creamy, easy, delicious! I made it almost exactly as stated and multiplied it by 4, then added a little cream of mushroom soup on top. Also added montreal chicken seasoning and a little garlic powder. Made homemade buttermilk biscuits on top. Thanks for posting!

  40. Kelsey 01.25.2011

    I have a quick question… I am living in Spain for the year and the grocery store in the small town where I am is VERY limited. I love the look of your pot pie but I was wondering about the biscuits. I will need to make them from scratch and was wondering if i should just put them on the top and bake it without cooking them first at all… or if i should prebake the biscuits? Thanks…

    I just found your blog a week or so ago… and I love it. I haven’t had a chance to make any of your recipes yet but they sound amazing.

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