Muffin Tin Chicken Pot Pies Part 2

 Muffin Tin Chicken Pot Pies Part 2 via The Baker Chick

The first version of these mini Chicken Pot Pies made it’s appearance on my blog about a year ago when I was still a bit clueless. I hadn’t ever made anything like it before, and my kitchen was much less equipped than it is today. All of that being said, they still turned out great, and that post is actually one of the most popular on the blog to date. Why mess with a good thing right? Well, I get weekly emails about freezing, storing, reheating and revamping this recipe, so I thought a fresh new version may be a good thing. (I’ve learned a bit in a year after all…)

The filling recipe for these is almost exactly the same with just a few minor adjustments. The main difference I made was to the crust. See a year ago, I had little to no experience with pie crust, and I also didn’t have a food processor, so I was left with a simple and easy Oil Pastry. It turned out well and still tasted great, but I have grown so attached to Pate Briseé (Butter Pie Crust) over the last year, that I thought it was worth a try. And man oh man are these amazing with that flaky and buttery crust. These just got a million times more delicious let me tell you.

 Muffin Tin Chicken Pot Pies Part 2 via The Baker Chick

A big difference between the two crusts is that Pate Briseé needs to chill for an hour, so the order of the recipe as changed a bit too. I now recommend making your crust, dividing and wrapping it, and making the filling while it is in the fridge. This makes the whole meal pretty simple and easy to whip up for dinner with not a ton of prep time needed.

I have also gotten some questions about measuring, rolling and assembling the pies. I divided the dough into 3 equal segments which helped make sure that each pie had the same amount of dough. Another important thing is to find a cutter that will fit your mega muffin tins. As you can see in the picture below, I used an old pancake mix tin that may have been a teeny bit too small. To remedy this, cut a thicker piece of dough and gently roll it out so that it will fit the muffin tin with about a half inch overhang around the whole diameter. (I tried to take more process photos but I was losing light and my hands were too buttery to wash them after each step!)

 Muffin Tin Chicken Pot Pies Part 2 via The Baker Chick

If you are making these to have an easy and well-portioned meal waiting in your freezer (like I did,) here are some simple freezing instructions:

1- I always freeze these fully baked. Once they have cooled, remove them from the tin and wrap tightly with foil and saran wrap. (I use both.)

2- When you are ready to prepare them, thaw overnight in the fridge or on the counter for a few hours until they feel soft.

3-Either- microwave for 60 seconds, and bake at 375 until the tops are crisp (5 mins)  OR Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes until filling is warm and tops are crisp.

I hope this post helps! Happy Monday!

Muffin Tin Chicken Pot Pies Part 2

6 muffin sized pot pies

Ingredients

  • 1 batch of pie crust
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 3/4 cup chopped potato
  • 3/4 cup fresh green beans cut into 1 or 2 inch pieces.
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Other spices to taste (garlic, celery seed etc.)
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)
  2. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, potatos, and beans . Add enough chicken broth cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain (while saving the chicken broth,) and set aside.
  3. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and spices . Slowly stir in 1 3/4 cup chicken broth and 1 cup milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Combine the Chicken mixture and the sauce. If it doesn't seem saucy enough, slowly add broth and milk one tablespoon and a time until mixture has a nice gravy. (Sorry to be vague here but you really just need to eye ball it. Especially if you are decide to add other veggies.)
  5. To Assemble:
  6. Each 3rd of dough will need to yield 4 dough rounds. (If you need to gather the scraps and re-roll a couple times that's fine.)
  7. Roll each dough circle out until it is big enough to be pressed into the muffin tin with a half inch over hang.
  8. After all the dough is in, add the filling into each tin. Be generous with the filling, you want it to dome on the top
  9. Take the remaining 6 dough circles and one by one lay on top of the filling. Press the top and bottom dough layers together and trim excess.
  10. Using the back of a knife or your finger, pinch the edges of each pie to seal.
  11. Brush the top of each pie with an egg wash, milk or cream. (optional)
  12. Cut a few slits into each pie to release steam when baking.
  13. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes, or until pies are crisp on top and golden brown.
http://www.thebakerchick.com/2012/01/muffin-tin-chicken-pot-pies-part-2/

Crust Recipe from Martha Stewart

share this post →
 Muffin Tin Chicken Pot Pies Part 2 via The Baker Chick  Muffin Tin Chicken Pot Pies Part 2 via The Baker Chick  Muffin Tin Chicken Pot Pies Part 2 via The Baker Chick

Popular Posts

bananabread
bananapuddingcupcakes3
cookies2

Get More Updates!

Never miss a recipe! Sign up for my email updates below.

Comments

  1. says

    I was wondering the other day whether it would be possible to make little chicken pies in a muffin tin – now that I see how cute they are, I want to make them tonight!!

  2. says

    Okay – that is too cool for words! I can absolutely believe that this is your most popular post! I love the idea of mini pot pies! I love butter crusts, but for health reasons – use the olive oil crust frequently. …isn’t it amazing how versatile a food processor is?

  3. Teaspoonsf says

    i have one of those mega muffin tins and am always looking for ways to use it. can’t wait to try this out!

  4. jess_gonzalez22 says

    These are adorable! I LOVE pot pie and this looks like such an awesome spin to pot pie. I’ll have to try it (with these cold winter weather these would be such a wonderful way to warm up!)

  5. hatz says

    If you don’t have the muffin pan you can do the same thing with rammekins. I just put mine on a cookie sheet in case there’s any spill over. And use the rammekin to make your pastry circles. It will be the perfect size, all you need do is stretch each circle out a bit for the top crust. (I don’t usually use a bottom crust with the rammekins.)

  6. says

    Hey! I didn’t have a problem with this because of the high butter content in the crust. If you’re worried though- maybe put a round of parchment in the bottom of the tin? Then, gently run a knife around the edge and it should just pop out. Good luck!

  7. Alyssa Bean says

    I made these tonight! They were delicious. My green beans were frozen solid and I was too hungry to thaw them, so I substituted some fresh summer squash I had in the fridge. A surprisingly tasty change. They broke when they came out of the pan, which I attribute to rolling my dough too thin and putting the filling in while piping hot. But nevertheless, they still tasted good. And since I was the only one eating them, I didn’t care how they looked. ;)

  8. Debbie says

    I made these pot pies last night and OMG – they are GOOD!!!!!! My fiance LOVED them. I made a few variations: 1) vegetable broth instead of chicken – however, I also added chicken bouillon cubes to the filling. 2) half of the salt I changed to garlic salt. 3) I added corn and peas — I’m vegetarian, and these turned out great. It was also my first time ever making crust, and this crust was to die for!! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe!!!!!!!!

  9. Judi says

    Hi BC,
    Made the muffin tin turkey pot pies after Thanksgiving using leftover turkey, gravy and frozen mixed frozen veggies thawed. Yummy! Thank you! Crust was awesome! Instead of rolling out and cutting cicles, I formed the dough into a log, frigged it and divided it into 12 little hockey pucks, 6 of which were 2/3 rds the size of the others. Then I formed them between plastic wrap in a tortilla press, perfect size! Soooo easy. Thank you! Going to try the peach things next.

  10. Jen says

    You’re awesome! I’m trying this recipe this weekend. (On a side note, this is the only recipe for muffin tin pot pies that I’ve found which doesn’t call for store-bought pastry dough. :/ )

  11. Somer says

    We made these tonight for dinner and they were AMAZING !! We added mushrooms and celery , and did frozen peas instead of green beans!! Mmm… The kids loved helping assemble the pies and my husband raved about how amazing the crust was!! Thank you!!

  12. Megan says

    Hi there – just found this recipe. They look amazing! I was wondering how you cook them after they’ve been frozen? Do you need to put them back in the muffin tin, so they hold their shape?

    I’m wanting to make these for my mother in law, for her freezer, but I know she doesn’t have large muffin trays. Just wondering if they can be cooked alone on a cookie sheet?

    Thanks!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>