tried and true leftover turkey or chicken pot pie

Freezer meals have been important in this season of life for me.  Most of my friends are having babies and I like to cook in bulk to ease up on my work cooking/cleaning work load.  Bonus?  This tried and true leftover turkey or chicken pot pie freezes well for up to 6 months!  With Thanksgiving coming up, I always wonder what to do with all of my leftover turkey and this pot pie recipe just solved your problem for that!

tried and true chicken or turkey leftover pot pie// this recipe is so yummy that people who don't even like pot pie get seconds! | via The Spirited Violet

tried and true leftover turkey/chicken pot pie
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Ingredients
  1. -Enough Meat to make a layer on the bottom of your dish. For a standard pie pan this will be about 3 cups chopped cooked turkey or 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, baked and chopped into bite sized pieces.
  2. -3 cups frozen veggies of your choice. This is your pie and you get to make the rules. Carrots, peas, corn, sweet potatoes, hash brown potato cubes, corn, green beans. Anything you may have had in a Pot Pie before will work in this one. If you want to use fresh veggies, just throw them in a pot and boil them until they are a little bit soft, then drain and set aside.
  3. -1/2 cup real butter
  4. -1 Onion. Onions always require a discussion so here goes. If you and your people love onion, dice it to use in the pie. If onion is a deal breaker, cut it into quarters. We will use it for flavor, then remove it.
  5. -1/2 cup all purpose flour
  6. -1 teaspoon salt
  7. -1 teaspoon black pepper
  8. -1 teaspoon celery seed-If you don’t have it, you can still make the pie, but I really think this stuff is the secret ingredient. Shhhhhhhhh.
  9. -2 cups chicken broth
  10. -2/3 cup milk (I use whole milk since we are already using butter. I mean...)
  11. -2 pre made pie crusts.
Instructions
  1. Your pre made pie crust will come in a set of 2. Take 1 and lay it on the bottom of your pie pan or baking dish. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the onion and butter on medium heat until the butter is melted and the onion is translucent. For the onion lovers, this step is finished. For the haters, fish the quartered onion out of the butter and save it for someone who can appreciate the deliciousness of a buttery caramelized onion. Your butter will have a nice onion flavor without the actual onion pieces.
  3. Slowly add to your melted butter the flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed and mix until smooth.
  4. Then slowly whisk in chicken broth and milk and simmer until thick, then set aside. Taste to make sure it’s salty enough. Remember-the rest of the pie is meat, veggies, pie crust. THIS is your “moist maker.” If this gravy doesn’t make you cry a tear of joy, add a little salt/adjust accordingly. This is the part of the pot pie that will make you threaten a coworker for stealing your leftovers from the lunch fridge.
  5. Take your pan with the bottom layer of pie crust. Evenly distribute along the bottom pie crust, a thick layer of turkey or chicken
  6. Next add a layer of frozen of or boiled fresh veggies until the pie is nearly full
  7. Slowly begin to pour the delicious gravy mixture over your meat and veggies. You may need to poke and gently stir just a bit to allow the gravy mixture to sink in and around all the meat and veggies.
  8. Spread the top pre made pie crust over the pot pie and cute a couple slits, pinch along the edges. OR- If you are making this pie for a special occasion or you just like pretty food, this quick step will take your pie up a notch. Spread the crust out on a clean surface that has been sprinkled with flour. Use a knife or cookie cutters to cut shapes in the pie crust. Lay the shapes on top of the pie until covered to your satisfaction. This is not a science-it’s an art. If you like the way it looks, it is finished!
  9. Cover and seal well, label and freeze. This will freeze well for at least 6 months.
  10. To cook, remove from freezer and remove all wrapping. Place on cookie sheet to prevent bubbling over.
  11. Cook in preheated oven at 350 degrees until the pie is warmed through and golden brown on top. Depending on the oven (from frozen) usually about an hour.
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tried and true chicken or turkey leftover pot pie// this recipe is so yummy that people who don't even like pot pie get seconds! | via The Spirited Violet

I’ll be honest that I’m the type of person that typically likes leftovers more than fresh food.  With the combination of this recipe using loads of butter and leftovers, you can understand why it is such a huge hit in my house 🙂 .  More than one person has said “I don’t like pot pie, but I really liked this.” It’s pot pie y’all.  It is an easy all in one, delicious comfort food dish- just homemade with butter.  This is REALLY good.

What is one of your favorite ways to use up leftover meat?  Do you have a favorite freezer meal?

tried and true chicken or turkey leftover pot pie// this recipe is so yummy that people who don't even like pot pie get seconds! | via The Spirited Violet