It’s raining. It’s been going on for days that feel like weeks. *just started hailing actually. fun times.* And Hank and I are both over it in the worst way. I felt so bad for him that I ordered two new toys from Amazon in order to give him a treat – literally. The toys, when played with and manipulated properly, dispense treats. To make my husband feel better, I made him his fave: lazy chicken pot pie.
One of my best go-to meals is a lazy chicken pot pie. And I meany lllllaaaazzyyyyyyy. It takes awhile to cook, but the prep is so fast you won’t care. My husband asks for this meal all the time and will eat the whole pan if I let him.
*Disclaimer: Going through the photos (all iPhone, so fancy) I realized that this is not a pretty meal. I don’t know why I never noticed this before… maybe because it smells so good? Do not serve this to anyone fancy. Just enjoy the tastiness. And the amount of happy exclamation points your husband uses in texts when you tell him this is for dinner. End disclaimer.
Step One: Assemble ingredients and preheat oven to 375 degrees
– Bag of frozen stew veggies (shallots, potatoes, celery, carrots)
– Bag of mixed veggies (carrots, green beans, peas, no lima beans because they’re disgusting.)
– Protein: use what you’ve got. Left over chicken, ground turkey, stew beef, etc. I really can’t give you a proper measurement, but usually two large chicken breasts or 2-3lbs of ground turkey is usually enough. This is supposed to be easy so don’t over think it.
– “Sauce” I don’t know what else to call this. I make chicken and beef broth all the time so there’s always some frozen in my freezer. If you are throwing away the bones from your Costco roasted chicken, you are throwing away money. But them in the crock pot with water, left over veggies, and a dash of vinegar on low over night or 12-18 hours. You’ll thank me later. Or use half broth and half cream of whatever: chicken, mushroom, etc.
– Biscuit topping of choice: Make your own (easy) or use a mix (bisquick, jiffy’s, etc)
I toss everything into a 9×13 brownie pan or two of those pans you use for making banana bread. What are they called?
Step Two: Brown/mostly cook the meat of your choice. Easy.
Step Three: Fill your pan(s) about 3/4 of the way full with the protein and frozen veggies and mix them up. I usually put the whole bag of stew veggies in and then fill it out with the mixed veggies. (I keep a HUGE bag of the mixed veggies in the freezer and just pull them out to use what I need. They’re good for fulling up soups and things.) Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper if you want to.
Step Four: Add your sauce. Either use a can of broth and a can of creamed whatever or make your own. Take out the premade broth from the freezer and heat it in a sauce pan until it’s simmering then add a pat of butter (2ish tbs) and whisk in tablespoons of flour one by one until it seems almost thick enough. Sometimes I sprinkle in cornstarch it isn’t thickening like I want it to. Again, not rocket science. Just pour it over the veggies and protein so they’re covered.
Step Five: Biscuit topping. Mix according to box, pour over top. Use a spoon or spatula to help evenly distribute it. If you forgot to get this at the store, use this one. It doesn’t call for shortening so you should have most of the ingredients.
Step Six: Put the pan in the over until the biscuit topping is done, usually about 45 minutes. It should be golden brown on top and pass the toothpick test.
Step Seven: Serve this stuff hot and delicious. If you made two pans, freeze the second one. Just defrost and reheat it in the oven with tin foil over the top until the last few minutes. That way you maintain a crisp “crust” without burning anything.