Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust

Biscuits, Freezer Friendly, Main Dish, Poultry | 15 comments

Over the weekend I was hit with the desire to make chicken pot pie something fierce. Suddenly biscuits were sounding really good too. I’ve always liked the idea of a biscuit crust, but have never tried it. I found that refrigerating the cut out rounds while you prepare the filling is the way to go. It keeps the butter cold and also prevents the vegetables from over cooking while they wait in the warm sauce for you to make the biscuits. By refrigerating the biscuits while you prepare the filling, you can assemble the crust on top right away and immediately get the dish into the oven.

These biscuits were incredible fluffy and moist. The key is keeping the butter cold and not demolishing it completely in the food processor. I added an extra step of freezing the butter while you prepare the dry ingredients to keep it extra cold. I enjoyed the biscuits so much that I think I must have literally dreamed about them the entire night because I when I woke up Sunday morning I just had to make them for brunch. We had scrambled eggs on the side and topped the biscuits with apricot jam. Yum!

Buttermilk Biscuits
slightly adapted from The New Best Recipe, by Cook’s Illustrated
  • 1 c all purpose flour
  • 1 c plain cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 Tbs cold unsalted butter*
  • 3/4 c cold buttermilk

Prepare the butter by quartering it lengthwise and then cutting crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces. Place butter in a bowl and put it in the freezer while you prepare the dry ingredients. Measure out the dry ingredients and pulse in a food processor fitted with a metal blade until well combined. Add butter and pulse just slightly until mixture resembles very coarse cornmeal with a few larger lumps.

Transfer mixture to a medium bowl and add the buttermilk. Stir with a form until the dough gathers into moist clumps, adding up to 2 Tbs extra buttermilk (1 Tbs at a time) if the dough is still dry. Transfer onto a floured work surface and form into a rough ball. Roll out the dough until it is 1/2 inch thick. Using a 2 1/2 inch pastry cutter, stamp out 8 rounds of dough.

At this point, I got the best results when I refrigerated the dough rounds on a cookie sheet covered with plastic wrap while I prepared the pot pie recipe. When the pot pie filling is ready, arrange the dough rounds over the warm filling and proceed with the recipe for the pot pie.

*I only had salted butter, so I halved the amount of salt in the recipe.
Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust
adapted from The New Best Recipe, by Cook’s Illustrated
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast and/or thighs
  • 2 1/4 c chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped fine
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 celery ribs, cut 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 3/4 c frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/3 c minced fresh parsley
  • 1 recipe Buttermilk Biscuits

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a small stock pot. Add the chicken, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes until chicken is just done. Transfer chicken to a bowl and reserve the leftover broth.

Using the same pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onion, celery, and carrot until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute an additional minute. Season with salt and pepper. Shred the chicken into bite size pieces and set aside in a bowl with the sauteed vegetables.
Again using the same pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in reserved chicken broth, milk, and the thyme. Bring to a simmer to thicken sauce, about 1 minute.
Stir the chicken and veggies into the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in peas and parsley and pour into a baking dish. Top with biscuits. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Freezer Tips
: Want to freeze this recipe? Freeze the unbaked filling and biscuits separate from the each other. To freeze the biscuits, lay them in a flat layer inside a gallon size freezer Ziploc bag so they don’t stick together. When ready to bake, thaw the filling and biscuits, assemble as usual and bake according to recipe instructions.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Laura [What I Like] - February 25, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

    I’ve always been pretty obsessed with Martha Stewart’s chicken pot pie recipe, but Cook’s Illustrated always produces dishes that are flawless, so I may have to give this one a try!


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    Ashley - February 25, 2009 @ 11:18 pm

    That looks so comforting…I’ll have to give it a try!!


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    Elle - February 26, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

    Thus looks fabulous! I’d never have thought of using cake flour in biscuits, but I guess it makes sense–must make them really tender.The pot pie? One of my favorite things to eat, ever!


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    Courtney-Gift Mommy - February 26, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

    My mouth is watering and I haven’t even gotten past the title of your post! I’m going to try this recipe and stumble the post!


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    Cafe Johnsonia - February 26, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

    That is absolutely my favorite recipe for pot pie. I always make it to take to friends when they’ve had a baby or need a meal brought in.


  • 6
    Retro Housewife - February 27, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

    Sounds delicious! I think a vegetarian pot pie may be in order at my house next week.


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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} - February 28, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

    Retro Housewife – let me know how it turns out!Cafe Johnsonia – that does sound like the perfect meal for someone who is recovering. It is so comforting!Courtney-Gift Mommy – Thanks for the stumble! Hope you enjoy it. Let me know when you make it.Elle – I think you’re right about the cake flower. The biscuits were the most tender I’ve ever had.Ashley – You could make this with soy milk and then Kimball wouldn’t get an upset tummy!Laura – I have never tried Martha’s recipe. If you try this one let me know how it compares!


  • 8
    Deelish - February 28, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

    It’s cold and rainy– a perfect day for chicken pot pie. So cozy! Like climbing under the blankets or hot cocoa by the fire…but in a meal :)


  • 9
    wishingstar - March 10, 2009 @ 3:20 am

    Love the idea of biscuits on top and will have to try making with cake flour! Your food pictures are awesome!


  • 10
    Krista Stone - March 26, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

    Came over from Life as MOM URS…this looks awesome & it's what I'm making for dinner tonight. :) Thanks for the recipe!


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    Hoosier Homemade - March 27, 2009 @ 2:42 am

    This looks great! Your pictures are great too!Thanks for sharing!~Liz


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    USA Kiwi (aka Kylee) - April 22, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

    Yum! I made this today (see my blog) but used biscuits from a can cause I’m too lazy.It’s gooooooood


  • 13
    Laura - May 04, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

    I made this chicken pot pie tonight and my WHOLE family loved it! My husband is a pot pie lover and our toddler son can be picky, and we ALL cleaned our plates and had seconds.


  • 14
    TheRoosterChick - October 16, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

    Mmmm… yummers!


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    Kate - August 12, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    I would like to know what the nutritional value of this meal is.


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