I have searched high and low for the perfect chicken pot pie recipe. Something comforting, flavorful, and delicious, but without a ton of extra labor – no rolling pins, please! You see, I just don't have the time for fussy food, but I still want my dinner to taste awesome. Finally, inspired by this recipe and this recipe I found on Pinterest, I have come up with my own version of perfection. Enter: chicken pot pie crumble.
The filling for this chicken pot pie crumble recipe is savory and tasty, yet simple. And my favorite part? Making this crust is a bit like finger painting – fun and messy (for your hands, anyway), but it more than gets the job done.
If you are avoiding dairy or gluten you can still enjoy this scrumptious dish. Either eat the filling like a stew, or I've included a great GF/DF topping to use instead of the sprouted flour crust.
This is what chicken pot pie tastes like in heaven. Enjoy.
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Chicken pot pie crumble – filling ingredients
- 1 meat from one whole chicken, preferably pasture-raised (about 4 cups)
- 5 cups chicken stock, warmed – learn to make make your own
- 3/4 cup grass-fed butter*
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1 T. sea salt – buy my favorite salt here
- 3/4 cup sprouted wheat flour* – buy sprouted flour here
- 1/4 cups cream*, from grass fed cows
- 4 carrots, diced
- 2 cups organic frozen peas
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
How to prepare filling
- First make your crumble, below. While the crumble is cooling, preheat the oven to 375F.
- In a large pan sauté onions, salt and thyme in butter or coconut oil until they begin to soften.
- Add carrots and cook for 5-7 minutes.
- Sprinkle in sprouted flour while continuously stirring for about two minutes to make a roux (a thick paste).
- Slowly pour in chicken stock, while continuously stirring. Simmer for a minute.
- Pour in cream and combine well.
- Add the chicken, peas, and parsley. Stir to combine.
- Place filling in a 9×13 casserole dish. Top with crumble.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until breading is golden brown.
Ingredients for the crumble
- 1 1/2 cup sprouted wheat flour – buy sprouted flour here
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt – buy my favorite salt here
- 1/4 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup grass-fed butter, cold and diced into small cubes
- 2 oz. parmesan cheese, shredded, (1/2 cup packed)
- 1 cup cream, from grass fed cows
How to prepare crumble
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together: flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder and optional cayenne pepper.
- Using your fingertips, mash butter into mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Stir in parmesan cheese.
- Pour in heavy cream and mix just until combine.
- Roughly spread mixture about 1/2 inch thick onto a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes until golden.
- Remove from oven and set aside.
- When cook, break into crumble (about the size of grapes or smaller) to top the pot pie filling.
*Gluten-free and/or dairy free?
For the filling:
- Use bacon fat or coconut oil in place of butter.
- Substitute 1⁄4 cup cream with 1⁄4 cup extra chicken stock.
- Thicken filling with 1⁄4 cup + 1 T. arrowroot in place of sprouted flour.
Instead of the crumble:
GF/DF chicken pot pie topping
- 3 eggs, from pasture-raised hens
- 1 cup almond flour – buy almond flour here
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. sea salt – buy my favorite salt here
- 1/3 cup bacon fat (or coconut oil)
How to prepare
- In a mixing bowl beat the eggs.
- Stir in almond flour, baking powder salt and melted fat.
- Spread crumble mixture over the top of chicken filling in baking dish
- Bake this for 12-15 minutes until breading is golden brown.
Wow. This looks amazing– I’ve been looking for a pot-pie recipe for a while too and this seems like so much more fun than just a pot pie (and much less work ;)).
I try to stay grain-free– do you think that replacing the sprouted wheat flour with almond flour work work?
Thanks so much for this recipe!
HI Allison – You could definitely swap out the sprouted wheat flour for almond meal. You can also use the GF topping at the bottom of the recipe. 🙂
Oh man! I totally missed that. I was just so excited that I jumped the gun 😉
I have tried using almond meal/flour on top of pot pie filling and it just absorbed all the juice and ruined what would have been a really yummy meal. 🙁
That sucks, Sara! Did you use the gluten free/dairy free topping recipe above or did you wing it?
Woohoo! We are on a Whole Life Challenge for 8 weeks and I was beginning to get a little bored with what I had going on, but I can totally make this work!
Again, just when I needed you, thanks Holistic squid!!
ps….I’ve shared this with the WLC community 🙂
You’re welcome Carrie! Enjoy and thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the recipe, this was super yummy. My 3-year-old cleaned her plate before I even finished, and my husband that normally has some idea of how to make the recipe better, had no comment on this meal. He liked it just the way it is!
Thanks a lot! I’ve cooked this recipe last wensday and the whole familiy enjoyed it very much!
I cooked this recipe today it was delicious!
Chrissy Mohr says
Hey Emily – can I freeze this meal?
Emily Bartlett says
Hi Chrissy, yes you can! It’s great to pull out when you’re short on time! xoxo Emily