Freezer Friendly Chicken Pot Pies

Freezer Friendly Chicken Pot Pies are a perfect way to have a classic comfort dish ready to go directly from the freezer to oven!

This quick prep recipe is ultra simple, and freezes perfectly! 

 

Not all chicken pot pie recipes will freeze well - but we have done the testing and the hard work to bring you a simple ingredient, freezer friendly version of this classic dish. 

What you need:

chicken pot pie ingredients
  • Our recipe skips potatoes which you will see in many versions of Chicken Pot Pie. Potatoes frozen in a broth, will absorb the broth, and can be mealy on reheat, so we loaded up our version with savory veggies, and show you how to have the most tender chicken (even on reheat!). 
  • Pie crust vs biscuits vs phyllo - we go with a pre made pie crust here, but it is absolutely all about preference. Feel free to sub the pre made pie crusts for biscuits, or phyllo pastry, too. 
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are what we like to use, but you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs just as easily here. 
  • Cream or no Cream - your choice. You can freeze your filling if you use cream (use greater than 18% so it doesn't separate). 

How to prepare chicken pot pie for the freezer:

  • Start with cooking down your aromatics, and then adding the flour. It will be clumpy and dry in the pot. That is ok! 
  • You then deglaze your pan with chicken stock. 
  • Add the chicken breasts whole! Once the chicken is cooked, you remove it with tongs, shred it, and send it back to the pot! 
  • You can stir in cream at this point if you want a creamier, more savory pot pie. 
  • The mixture can then be transferred to your desired tray size. Allow to fully cool before freezing. 
how to make chicken pot pie steps 1 through 4

    Can I freeze the pot pies with the crust?

    You can, but.... 

    • You are most likely placing your pot pie into a separate baking dish to bake (although you can bake in your trays) and you want the crust to drape over that baking dish. 
    • When we froze the pot pies with the pie crust, they didn't stay on top of the filling very well. 
    • We highly suggest you add the crust topping when you go to reheat / bake your pot pies. 

    Do I bake first and then freeze? or Can I just freeze unbaked?

    We suggest freezing your pot pie filling unbaked. You can bake it and then freeze, and then re-bake to reheat, but if you do that, you may want to under bake your crust just a little before you freeze.

     To make this for dinner, do I thaw and bake or bake right from frozen?

    You can do either! Here are some reheat estimates:

    • 2 cup cube baked from frozen - will take close to an hour. 
    • 1 cup cube baked from frozen - 30-40 minutes.
    • Thawed and baked- 15 -20 minutes. 

     How many mini pot pies will this recipe make?

    This recipe yields about 8 cups of filling. You can freeze in the 1 cup and get about portions, or 2 cup trays and get 3-4 pot pies. 

     

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