When it’s blustery and cold outside, few things will do the job of warming you up quite like a hearty casserole. But thanks to hectic schedules (and the ability to go from hungry to hangry in just a few minutes), there’s not always time to settle into the kitchen to prepare one. Enter: A timesaving solution. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced a duo of chicken pot pies, but neither was presented in the traditional big-batch format. Instead, these brand-new recipes put an individual-serving spin on the pot pie, proving that this tried-and-true favorite can be transformed in a speedy way. Read on below for two weeknight-friendly takes on pot pie, each a can-do meal fit for the whole family.
Next to the buttery, flaky crust, perhaps the most-beloved part of a pot pie is the rich and creamy sauce that surrounds the filling. In this 25-minute recipe, you can achieve the same thick consistency and the savory taste you know and love with the help of a can of cream of chicken soup. When combined with frozen veggies and ready-to-go rotisserie chicken, the soup becomes an ideal sauce will lend moisture to the filling. And as for that all-important flaky crust, look no further than a can of biscuit dough. The biscuits will add heft to the pot pies, which are cooked and served in individual-portion ovensafe mugs, and round out the meal.
On those days when it seems like dinner just has to be eaten in the car between activities, keep this fuss-free recipe in your back pocket. Yes, that means this is a pot pie that’s easy enough to handle in the car — sans plate and utensils. The key to these eat-with-your-hands pot pies is store-bough refrigerated pie crusts; they’ll help you shave valuable prep time off the meal, and when pressed together, they create tightly sealed pockets that support the filling. Opt for the same quick-fix filling that’s used in the mug recipe above —cream of chicken soup, plus frozen veggies and tender rotisserie chicken — to create a craveable combo of flavors and textures.
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