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Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

It finally snowed here in Buffalo, and nothing makes me crave a comfort food casserole like winter weather. A steaming hot bowl of hearty chicken and vegetables covered in a creamy, flavorful gravy and topped with crumbly biscuit pieces totally hits the spot. Traditionally, chicken pot pie can be a real calorie bomb. According to the Eat This, Not That section of Men’s Health, the Marie Callenders frozen pot pie has over 1,000 calories! A serving of this casserole weighs in at only 303 calories (less than a third the calories of the frozen version) and in my opinion, it tastes even better because the ingredients are fresh and it’s homemade! Warm up your tummy this winter and indulge your cravings while sticking to every one of your New Year’s resolutions. Comfort food can be part of your healthy lifestyle!


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Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 4 t canola oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 t soy sauce
  • 1 t tomato paste
  • 4 T light butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup fat free milk
  • 2 T minced parsley
  • 2 t minced thyme
  • 1 t lemon juice
  • ¾ cup frozen peas

Biscuit Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ t black pepper
  • 1/8 t cayenne pepper
  • 3 T cold light butter, cubed
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (the kind from a can)
  • ½ cup fat free half and half

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place the chicken breasts at the bottom of a large pot and pour the chicken broth over the top. Cover, turn the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken breasts to a cutting board and shred. Place the shredded chicken in a large bowl and set aside. Pour the liquid from the pot into a cup and also set aside.
  3. Biscuit Topping (make while the chicken is cooking): In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and cayenne and mix. Add the butter cubes and use your hands to work the butter into the flour mixture entirely until the butter is completely combined and the mixture is crumbly. Add the Parmesan and stir. Add the half and half and stir until doughy. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Drop pieces of the dough into shaggy pieces (1/2” – 1” big) on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-13 minutes until light golden and set aside. Leave the oven on at 450.
  4. In the now-empty large pot, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery and add salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes, removing the lid to stir occasionally, or until the vegetables are just tender. Add the vegetables to the bowl containing the shredded chicken.
  5. Return the pot to the stove over medium-low and add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil. Add the mushrooms and cover the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes until the mushrooms have produced liquid. Add the soy sauce and tomato paste and stir together. Raise the heat to medium-high and continue stirring for 5 more minutes or until the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms are browned. Add the mushrooms to the bowl with the chicken and vegetables in it.
  6. Put the pot back on the stove (this pot is getting a real workout!) and melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whish until combined. While continuing to whisk the mixture, slowly add the reserved chicken broth liquid from step two and whisk until combined and no clumps remain. Continue whisking and slowly add milk as well. Reduce the heat and simmer while stirring until the sauce thickens. Remove the pot from heat and add the parsley, thyme and lemon juice. Add the frozen peas and the chicken/vegetable mixture to the sauce and stir until thoroughly combined.
  7. Pour the mixture a 9 x 13 baking dish and spread evenly. Place the biscuit pieces in a single layer evenly across the top of the chicken mixture. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 or until the mixture is hot and the filling is bubbly.

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
8 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
303 calories, 26 g carbs, 9 g fat, 27 g protein, 2 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

   

11 Responses to “Chicken Pot Pie Casserole”

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    Anonymous — December 29, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    Hi Emily: All I need is mushrooms and the peas for this one. Going to make this today! Thank you for another great recipe. Yesterday made a batch of Spinach Mac and Cheese muffins and the Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese muffins (my favorite). Building up my lunch options to keep in freezer. They all go well with a variety of side salads. This a.m. making the spaghetti and meatball cupcakes. YUM. Keep the cupcakes recipes coming! They are the best. I appreciate all your time and effort sharing such great recipes! Nancy

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    Unknown — December 31, 2012 @ 2:07 am

    Awhile back, I had poached and shredded some chicken breasts and had that in the freezer. What a perfect way to use it up! I’m not a fan of fat free 1/2 and 1/2, so I used the biscuit topping from your Chicken and Biscuits casserole. I added some garlic powder and parmesan cheese to the biscuit mixture and it was perfect! I kind of split the difference on heat – it went in at about 400 for about 25-30 minutes. SO GOOD.

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    Anonymous — January 2, 2013 @ 3:03 am

    Did I miss reading it, or how many servings does this make and how big is the serving size? Thanks, it sounds delish!!!

    • emilybites replied: — January 2nd, 2013 @ 3:06 am

      It’s at the end of the recipe with the nutrition info: 8 servings. I just cut the casserole into 8 even pieces and serve :)

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    Anonymous — January 7, 2013 @ 12:34 am

    Em,
    I’m currently eating it. It’s FABULOUS. However, it didnt seem thick enough. How long does it take for the sauce to thicken? I had it simmering for about 20 min and I thought it would continue to thicken in the oven, but I almost need a bowl to eat it. Also, I used reduced fat biscuits as a shortcut and it’s delicious! (I didnt recalc the NI, but it’s probably a bit higher because it’s pre-made biscuits)
    Kris

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    Heather Moore — January 7, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    This was delicious. We made ours gluten free and it was still amazing. My 6 year gives it 2 thumbs up!

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    موسوعة الطبخ — January 10, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    very nice thank you so much =)

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    kaetlyn — January 21, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    you live in buffalo?!?! me too! awesome! cannot wait to make this recipe!

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    Angela @ Honey, I Shrunk the Mom — February 17, 2013 @ 3:17 am

    Boy oh boy we sure love this recipe! But boy oh boy does it dirty a lot of dishes! LOL and it’s worth every one! I’ve made this twice now and the 2nd time I ore-chopped all the veggies and pre-cooked the chicken. While that helped it still takes awhile. Not something I would make on a busy weeknight. Again, this is so, so good!

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    Anonymous — October 20, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

    Does the left overs freeze well? It was delicious.

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