Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

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Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic, and there’s no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than Homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

I love to mix up traditional homemade dinners along with a few healthy shortcuts. Using items from the freezer isle not only cut down on my prep time (hello, chopping), but frozen foods like vegetables are always flash frozen when they’re at their peak ripeness, so I would say they’re a much better option than the limp carrot or slimy asparagus in the bottom drawer of my refrigerator.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

For this meal, I partnered with Kroger to remind busy families everywhere that the frozen aisle provides delicious meal ideas and solutions that provide value and are healthy. For my chicken pot pie, I went to Fred Meyer and picked up two bags Birds Eye Steamfresh veggies – the sweet peas as well as the gold & white corn, carrots, and asparagus mix. I can’t eat pot pie without a healthy amount of peas!  These veggie packs are awesome because they’re small enough that you’ll never waste half of an uneaten bag to freezer burn and you can’t get more convenient than just throwing the entire bag in the microwave! Aren’t all those bright and colorful veggies gorgeous?

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

Kroger has put together a great site called www.freezerfreshideas.com that’s designed to inspire meal solutions, recipes, and offer great value for frozen ingredients. Their Fresh Ideas from the Freezer are all about changing the perception of frozen food and bringing the excitement back to the frozen department. I firmly believe that frozen foods, we’re talking anything from individual items to meals to ingredients like these frozen vegetables can be an integral and exciting part of your everyday meal planning.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

Now, I don’t know about you, but those veggies sure look a whole lot better than what is even available right now due to it being the middle of the winter. Frozen is totally the way to go.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

I went all out and made homemade pie crusts for this meal (you should definitely do this as well), but I know as well as anyone how little time us moms have to make dinner, so feel free to take another awesome shortcut and use a premade one from the freezer section!

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

With all of those vibrant veggies packed into this pot pie, this is definitely a meal the whole family will enjoy.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

Are you hungry yet?  Enjoy!!!Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

 

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
 
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Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • two butter pie crusts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • two Birds Eye single packs frozen vegetables (about 20 ounces total)
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Using a heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat. Cook chicken until golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside on plate. Once chicken cools a bit, shred the meat.
  3. Add onion to dutch oven. While the onions cook and release moisture, scrape the bottom of the pan to release any of the chicken that stuck.
  4. Add butter and flour. Stir and allow to cook for several minutes until fragrant.
  5. Stir in chicken broth and milk. Allow to come to a boil and stir well until the gravy thickens. Add shredded chicken and frozen vegetables and allow to cook in gravy just until vegetables are no longer cold. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Line a nine inch pie pan with your first crust. Add the chicken filling as full as you can. Add the top crust and pinch the edges together. Cut a few slits in top crust to allow steam to escape.
  7. Cook in preheated 425 degree F oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 degrees F and continue cooking until the crust is golden brown, about 30 more minutes.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Warm Turkey Sliders

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These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

There’s just something about biting into a warm cheesy meat filled roll while you’re watching the game with friends. This is one of those recipes, in my opinion, that is so much better when you cook a whole turkey breast and then slice the meat yourself. I always cook a whole turkey on Thanksgiving and only on Thanksgiving. The turkey breast? That’s a regular staple in our house. Its just so easy to prepare and then we have the meat for our family dinner, to chop up for lunch salads, or for sliders like these.

Making Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with one night's quick meal preparation can provide enough flavorful turkey for several busy weeknight dinners ahead.

There are two ways I like to prepare turkey breast. The first is in the slow cooker, and the photo above is from an older post of mine. For this recipe, I went to Fred Meyer (aka one of my favorite places to shop), bought a frozen turkey breast, can cooked it in my electric pressure cooker. Whichever method you choose, the turkey will turn out moist and tender… its just a matter of preference.

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

My sliders are super simple and I even bake them up in a disposable aluminum tray for easy transport. Good sliders start with amazingly soft rolls. I picked these potato rolls up from the Fred Meyer bakery.

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!From there, my sliders are super simple. You can get as creative as you’d like, but I like to split the rolls, use some kind of spread (you can find something tasty in a jar or use something from the olive bar), cover it with those perfectly cooked pieces of turkey breast, and then top it with cheese. I chose provolone for these sliders but you can’t go wrong with so many different varieties.

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

You’ll notice that my once plain rolls are now covered in poppy seeds and garlic. That, my friends, takes these sliders from good to amazing. Enjoy!

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

Warm Turkey Sliders
 
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These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen turkey breast (I used a 2lb. breast)*
  • 1 (16 ounce) package soft rolls
  • 6 tablespoons of desired spread (anything from bacon onion jam, cranberry sauce, or mustard)
  • 6-12 ounces sliced provolone
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
Instructions
  1. To cook the turkey breast, use either a slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker.
  2. If using a slow cooker, follow the directions here.
  3. If using an electric pressure cooker, add one can chicken broth, one whole yellow onion (peeled and quartered) and two stalks celery (chopped) to the bottom of the electric cooker. Place completely thawed turkey breast on top. Cook on high pressure for 22-30 minutes (for 2-6 pound breast) and allow to release the pressure slowly once done. Insert an instant read thermometer and if it is not yet at 165 degrees F, continue to cook for several more minutes on high pressure.
  4. Once turkey has finished cooking, slice against the grain to desired thickness.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Set the rolls in a baking dish and split the rolls with a knife and remove the tops. Cover with spread, turkey, and cheese. Replace the tops of the rolls.
  7. Melt butter in microwave and add garlic and poppy seeds. Brush mixture on top of rolls.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes until heated through.
Notes
* Additional ingredients required depending on cooking method. See instructions for details.

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!
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Perfect Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon

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This easy Perfect Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon is wild caught Copper River Salmon marinated in a light Asian marinade grilled into a healthy summer dinner.

This easy Perfect Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon is wild caught Copper River Salmon marinated in a light Asian marinade grilled into a healthy summer dinner.

So, I’ve been hearing radio ads and seeing posters advertising that Fred Meyer had fresh wild Copper River salmon. I was hesitant to buy any because I’ve been known to royally screw up salmon before. Don’t let this whole “I have a food blog so I must be an awesome cook” facade fool you. Sure, I have my kitchen success stories, but I never show you the mess ups!  Anyway, I went out on a limb and actually bought an entire salmon. Here’s a little tip for you: If you buy a single fillet, the price per pound will be a whole lot more than the price per pound for an entire fish. Just buy the entire fish and have them fillet it right there for you in the store. That’s exactly what I did and I ended up getting both fillets plus the bones to make a fish stock for the price of a single fillet. Did you know that?

This easy Perfect Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon is wild caught Copper River Salmon marinated in a light Asian marinade grilled into a healthy summer dinner.

Just look how gorgeous that fish is. Anyone who tells you farm raised is as good as wild caught is out of their mind. Add on fresh versus frozen, even if its flash frozen at sea, and the texture is unreal. Bottom line – if you see something like this at the store – buy it.

This easy Perfect Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon is wild caught Copper River Salmon marinated in a light Asian marinade grilled into a healthy summer dinner.

There are two reasons this salmon turned out perfect, and I mean it was downright perfect. First, I used a cedar plank. You must use a food grade cedar plank (don’t go cutting up your fence boards). You can find them at most stores that sell fish like this. I soaked the plank in a jelly roll pan using boiling water and I set a heavy glass bowl on top to ensure it was fully submerged. I let it soak for a good 7 hours and it was long enough to cook both my fillets one at a time without it burning.

This easy Perfect Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon is wild caught Copper River Salmon marinated in a light Asian marinade grilled into a healthy summer dinner.

Second, is the marinade. This one added just the right amount of flavor and moisture to the fish without overpowering the wonderful taste and delicate texture of the fish. Because of the acid in the vinegar, you really shouldn’t marinate the fish for more than 30 minutes or so.

This easy Perfect Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon is wild caught Copper River Salmon marinated in a light Asian marinade grilled into a healthy summer dinner.

I’ve never just set my temperature and grilled fish for an exact period of time and had it turn out perfect but this did… twice. 350 degrees F for exactly 20 minutes and, at risk of totally overusing the word, PERFECT PERFECTION!

This easy Perfect Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon is wild caught Copper River Salmon marinated in a light Asian marinade grilled into a healthy summer dinner.

Of all the things I make, salmon is actually one of the least favorite of my husband. Well, when I served this up for dinner he couldn’t believe how delicious it was. My family and I ate one of the fillets for dinner and then I ate the entire other fillet over the next few days for lunch along side an avocado and some snap peas – YUM!

This easy Perfect Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon is wild caught Copper River Salmon marinated in a light Asian marinade grilled into a healthy summer dinner.

Perfect Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon
 
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This easy Perfect Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon is wild caught Copper River Salmon marinated in a light Asian marinade grilled into a healthy summer dinner.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 (12 inch) untreated cedar planks
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup green onions, minced
  • 1 tablespoons fresh ginger root, grated
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 (1 pound) salmon fillets, rinsed
Instructions
  1. Soak cedar planks in hot water for a minimum of 1 hour, up to overnight.
  2. Combine all marinade ingredients in gallon sized freezer bag. Add salmon fillets and marinate for 15-30 minutes.
  3. Preheat grill to medium (350 degrees F heat). Place soaked cedar plank on the grill and when it is hot, add the salmon fillet, skin side down. Discard any remaining marinade.
  4. Cook on hot grill for about 20 minutes or until salmon is flaky.
  5. You may serve with the skin still on, but I don't advise eating it. Enjoy!

This easy Perfect Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon is wild caught Copper River Salmon marinated in a light Asian marinade grilled into a healthy summer dinner.
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