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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Roasted Root Vegetables with Barber Foods

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Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.

I know I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record, but fall really is my favorite time of year for cooking. Heck, it just may be my favorite time of year for a lot of reasons! Its the time of year when my brain switches from making vibrant green salads and serving as many raw side dishes and grilled up main dishes because of the summer heat to roasting everything and using the toasty warm oven.

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.

So, I think a root vegetable is basically any veggie that grows beneath the ground with roots pointing down. You know, things like onion, garlic, beets, carrots, and potatoes – all of which I used in this recipe. But wait a minute!  Butternut squash grows on top of the soil like a pumpkin. I know. I know. I just couldn’t resist using it in this recipe because a) I already had it in my refrigerator and it needed to be used up and b) I love LOVE love butternut squash. Sue me.

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.

The roasted root veggies make an easy, healthy, and delicious side dish… but what to serve as the main course?  I found these Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu raw stuffed chicken breasts and knew they’d make a tasty dinner for my family. I had a hard time deciding between this flavor and the Broccoli & Cheese variety. These stuffed chicken breasts created quality time via a simple knife-and-fork meal. Instead of laboring over a complex chicken cordon bleu recipe, I was able to pop these Barber Foods stuffed chicken breasts in the oven and 35 to 40 minutes later, dinner was ready. With a few quick sides like these roasted root veggies, the family can sit down and share a quality meal around the table, and you know that’s my thing.

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.

You’ve heard “eat the rainbow”, right? Well, I tried my best. I went for the rainbow beets and the rainbow carrots. I even chose three different varieties of potatoes – one orange sweet potato, one white sweet potato, and one golden potato. I got darn near close to having a complete rainbow. You tell me which blue vegetable would have made this complete! I couldn’t think of one, otherwise I would have used it simply to say I had every single color in the rainbow.

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.

The amount of veggies I used fit perfectly on my large baking sheet. You want to make sure that they fit on a single layer so that they properly roast and not just steam.

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.

Give them one quick stir half way through their cooking time and let the oven do the rest. The result is an incredibly flavorful and healthy side dish.

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.

These veggies taste great leftover too, so don’t be afraid to make an extra big batch and heat them up for lunch throughout the week. They just might be making an appearance on my table this Thanksgiving too!

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.

Enjoying Chicken Cordon Bleu doesn’t happen too often in my house because stuffed chicken isn’t the easiest meal to prep. Who’s got time for that on a busy weeknight when you’re competing with homework and soccer practice! A main dish like this that takes no effort to produce is worth its weight in gold!

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.

These stuffed chicken breasts are so easy to make. Inside the box, each breast is individually wrapped. All you need to do is remove them from their wrapping and space them a couple of inches apart on a metal baking sheet (I actually used a loaf pan), then bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for a little more than a half hour. You always want the internal temperature of chicken to reach 165 degrees F, so I double checked with an instant read thermometer before removing from the oven. Then, just let the stuffed chicken breasts rest for a solid three minutes and you’re ready to serve!

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.My family absolutely loved Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu and were quite disappointed when I didn’t have more. I found them in the freezer section at Fred Meyer… I guess I’m heading back to stock up on more!  Be sure to check out this Product Locator so you can find these tasty Barber Foods stuffed chicken breasts at a store near you!  Go grab some so you can say it’s Barber night! Whether it’s just for you and your partner, for the grandkids, or for a busy family weekend, Barber Foods is here to help you make dinner a special experience.

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.

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Roasted Root Vegetables
 
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Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.
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Recipe type: side dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • half butternut squash, peeled with seeds removed
  • 3 small potatoes (sweet or golden), peeled
  • 3 beets, peeled
  • 3-5 small carrots, peeled
  • 1 red onion, peeled
  • 1 head of garlic, cloves peeled and smashed
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, stems removed, minced
  • 2-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Chop all of the vegetables into one inch cubes. Combine with smashed garlic cloves and minced rosemary in large bowl. Cover with olive oil and toss to combine. You want just enough olive oil to lightly coat the vegetables without having any excess at the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Using on large or two small lined baking sheets, spread vegetables out into a single layer.
  3. Roast in preheated 425 degree F oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, tossing once half way through cooking time, until veggies are fork tender.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, as desired

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a rainbow of healthy Roasted Root Vegetables as a perfect side dish to any weekday family dinner or holiday meal.
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