Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust

Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust is comfort food and it’s finest! Creamy chicken filling is topped with tender buttermilk biscuits.

Come learn how to make chicken pot pie, how to make a vegetarian pot pie (if you don’t consume meat, I have plenty of suggestions for substitutes!), and how to freeze chicken pot pie.

white casserole dish with chicken pot pie

Making Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust

Over the weekend I was working on our meal planning for the week. 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.

For some reason it has been a couple of years since I’ve made this recipe for Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust even though it is always one that the kids go crazy for, so I thought it would be a good time to revisit it.

What are the Best Chicken Pot Pie Recipe Tips?

  • This recipe can be assembled earlier in the day and baked just before eating.
  • Save time on the preparation of this recipe by chopped all of the vegetables ahead of time. They can be stored in resealable bags or containers.
  • Don’t have an Instant Pot? The chicken for this Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust can be cooked in a slow cooker or in a cast iron pot with a lid. Try this Shredded Crock-Pot Chicken if you like.
  • Another time saving tip is to use rotisserie chicken. If you do this you will still need the chicken broth for the recipe even though you won’t be cooking the chicken in the broth first.

What are the Best Tips for Preparing the Biscuits For Pot Pie?

These biscuits are incredible fluffy and moist. Want super tender, flaky buttermilk biscuits? Try some of these tips!

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 found that preparing the biscuits first, then refrigerating the cut out biscuit 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.

If you don’t have buttermilk, be sure to check out these 6 Easy Buttermilk Substitutes! Your biscuits will still turn out great! Do not use regular milk in place for buttermilk for this recipe. The biscuits will not turn out the same.

No food processor? No problem! Check out my Trick for Cutting Butter Into Flour. This will make preparing the biscuits really easy if you don’t have a food processor.

Can I Make This a Vegetarian Pot Pie Recipe

Yes! You can definitely leave out the chicken in this recipe for a veggie pot pie if you don’t consume meat.

Substitute vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth and use a variety of other vegetables in place of the chicken – you’ll need 1 1/2 pounds total of additional vegetables. Here are some ideas:

What can I Substitute for Chicken in Pot Pie?

  • mushrooms
  • green beans
  • corn kernels
  • cooked lentils
  • sweet potatoes
  • white beans
  • parsnips
  • russet, red, or yukon gold potatoes

I recommend using bite sized cubed potatoes for a portion of the chicken and adding in some other vegetables for the remaining amount of chicken. My favorite combination is potatoes and parsnips.

Make sure you dice the potatoes small enough that they will cook through (about a 1/2 inch dice). Parsnips should be cut the same size as the carrots and sautéed with the other vegetables.

Can I Make this Pot Pie with a Pie Crust?

I haven’t personally made this recipe for Chicken Pot Pie with a traditional pie crust before because my kids love the biscuit topping so much and I love how easy the biscuits are to prepare compared to rolling a pie crust.

However, yes, I do believe you could use this as the filling for a pie crust. You’ll want to check out my All Butter Pie Crust Recipe. This all butter pie crust recipe requires just 5 ingredients and is made in your food processor. It’s so easy to prep and comes together in no time!

Can You Freeze Chicken Pot Pie?

Yes, you can definitely freeze this recipe for Chicken Pot Pie! The best way to freeze Chicken Pot Pie for later use is to freeze the unbaked filling and biscuits separate from the each other.

vacuum sealed chicken pot pie

How Do You Freeze Chicken Pot Pie Filling?

Next time you make this recipe, try making a double batch so you can stash some in the freezer to use at a later date! It doesn’t take that much longer to prepare the larger amount and it will be a huge time saver for later!

  1. Cool the prepared filling.
  2. Transfer the filling to  a gallon ziptop bag.
  3. Label with contents, date, and remaining recipe cooking instructions.
  4. Lay the bag completely flat. Try placing it on a baking sheet to do so.
  5. Freeze.

How do You Freeze Buttermilk Biscuit Topping for Chicken Pot Pie?

  1. Place the prepared (but not baked) cut biscuits on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  2. Transfer to the freezer.
  3. Freeze for 30 minutes, or until solid.
  4. Transfer the frozen, unbaked biscuits to a gallon freezer zip top bag.
  5. Label with contents, date, and remaining recipe cooking instructions.
chicken pot pie in a white casserole dish

How do you Cook Frozen Pot Pie?

When you want to cook the Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust that you have stashed in the freezer, follow these simple steps:

  1. Thaw the pot pie filling and the biscuits. I prefer in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Bring the filling to room temperature in your preferred baking casserole dish.
  3. Preheat the oven.
  4. Remove the refrigerated biscuits and place on top of the pot pie filling. 
  5. Bake according to recipe instructions.

What Goes with Chicken Pot Pie?

If you’re looking for side suggestions to go with chicken pot pie, I recommend a big green salad. It doesn’t have to be fancy at all. We often use mixed greens, lettuce, cucumber, shredded carrot, and tomato for a basic side salad. Check out these 3 Simple Salad Dressing Recipes to go along with your salad.

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CHICKEN POT PIE WITH BUTTERMILK BISCUIT CRUST

CHICKEN POT PIE WITH BUTTERMILK BISCUIT CRUST

Yield: seves 8
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Creamy chicken filling is topped with tender buttermilk biscuits. Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuits is comfort food and it's finest!

Ingredients

Buttermilk Biscuits

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup plain cake flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter*
  • 3/4 cup cold buttermilk

Pot Pie Filling

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast and/or thighs (or shredded chicken from a rotisserie chicken)
  • 2 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped fine
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 celery ribs, cut 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley

Instructions

For the Buttermilk Biscuits

  1. Prepare the butter by quartering it lengthwise and then cutting crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Place butter in a bowl and put it in the freezer while you prepare the dry ingredients.
  3. Measure out the dry ingredients and pulse in a food processor fitted with a metal blade until well combined.
  4. Add butter and pulse just slightly until mixture resembles very coarse cornmeal with a few larger lumps.
  5. 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.
  6. Transfer onto a floured work surface and form into a rough ball. Roll out the dough until it is 1/2 inch thick.
  7. Using a 2 1/2 inch pastry cutter, stamp out 8 rounds of dough.
  8. 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.
  9. When the pot pie filling is ready, arrange the dough rounds over the warm filling and proceed with the recipe for the pot pie.

For the Pot Pie Filling

  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add the chicken broth and the chicken to the insert of an Instant Pot. Secure the lid, make sure the valve release is set to pressurize, and cook using the manual setting on high pressure for 30 minutes.
  3. While the chicken cooks, heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large cast iron pan. Saute the onion, celery, and carrot until tender, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and saute an additional minute. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl.
  5. After the chicken is done cooking, use the quick release to let the pressure out. Do not open the Instant Pot until all of the pressure has released.
  6. Then, open the Instant Pot and remove the chicken. Transfer chicken to a bowl and reserve the leftover broth.
  7. Shred the chicken into bite size pieces and set aside in a bowl with the sautéed vegetables.
  8. Again using the same pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  9. Whisk in reserved chicken broth, milk, and the thyme. Bring to a simmer to thicken sauce, about 1 minute.
  10. 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.
  11. Top with biscuits. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Notes

How to Freeze This Recipe

Next time you make this recipe, try making a double batch so you can stash some in the freezer to use at a later date! It doesn't take that much longer to prepare the larger amount and it will be a huge time saver for later!

  1. Cool the prepared filling.
  1. Transfer the filling to  a gallon ziptop bag.
  2. Label with contents, date, and remaining recipe cooking instructions.
  3. Lay the bag completely flat. Try placing it on a baking sheet to do so.
  4. Freeze.
  5. Place the prepared (but not baked) cut biscuits on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Transfer to the freezer.
  7. Freeze for 30 minutes, or until solid.
  8. Transfer the frozen, unbaked biscuits to a gallon freezer zip top bag.
  9. Label with contents, date, and remaining recipe cooking instructions.

How to Bake this After Freezing

When you want to cook the Chicken Pot Pie that you have stashed in the freezer, follow these simple steps:

  1. Thaw the pot pie filling and the biscuits. I prefer in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Bring the filling to room temperature in your preferred baking casserole dish.
  3. Preheat the oven.
  4. Remove the refrigerated biscuits and place on top of the pot pie filling. 
  5. Bake according to recipe instructions.

No Instant Pot?

You can cook the chicken in 2 different ways if you prefer not to use an Instant Pot or if you don't have one.

  • Bring chicken broth to a boil in a small stock pot. Add the chicken, cover and simmer for 30 minutes until chicken is just done.
  • Another time saving tip is to use rotisserie chicken. If you do this you will still need the chicken broth for the recipe even though you won't be cooking the chicken in the broth first.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 549 Total Fat 25g Saturated Fat 12g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 10g Cholesterol 141mg Sodium 917mg Carbohydrates 43g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 3g Sugar 4g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 38g
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This recipe for Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust was originally published February 25, 2009. It has been updated with new photos and to include additional information and tips.