Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works.
  2. Everything you’ll need to make this recipe.
  3. Here’s how to make this recipe.
  4. These pro tips will make this recipe a success.
  5. Frequently asked questions about this recipe.
  6. You'll love these other cozy recipes.
  7. Watch how to make this recipe.
  8. Have I convinced you to make this recipe?
  9. Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust Recipe

This hearty meal uses a delicious combination of flavors with a flaky top crust. Carrots, celery, peas, and pearl onions provide incredible vegetable flavor, combined with delicious bites of chicken. A savory top crust with cheddar and Parmesan cheese forms a perfect finishing top.

Why this recipe works.

Chicken pot pie is a classic. This dish is one we envision piping hot out of the oven, sitting on a farmhouse table full of vegetables and chicken under a flaky crust. The reality for many is something from the freezer section at the grocery store. The flavor is ok at best and the crust is nothing to be excited about. This recipe brings back the classic pot pie with a filling full of ingredients and flavor. Instead of a double crust that can create a soggy bottom, this recipe makes a perfect and flaky cheese top crust. The result is a pot pie that will be both nostalgic and modern with fresh flavor.

White plate filled with serving of chicken pot pie with the top cheddar crust showing with rest of the dish in the background.

Everything you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Chicken thighs are dark meat from being richer in myoglobin from being heavily worked muscle. This gives the thighs more flavor.
  • Fresh thyme and sage add flavor to the filling. Unlike dried ingredients, fresh herbs have stronger essential oils.
  • White wine works as a meat tenderizer and also as an acidic balance to the filling.
  • Pearl onions give a sweet onion flavor. Choose peeled and ready frozen pearl onions instead of fresh.
  • Cheddar cheese is worked into the pastry dough. Once baked, the cheese adds flavor and a nice crisp crust to the exterior.
White marble surface filled with all ingredients needed to make chicken pot pie including onion, celery, carrot, raw chicken, peas, cheese, and more.

Here’s how to make this recipe.

  1. Prepare the chicken. Cut the chicken thighs into bite-sized cubes and place them on a small pan. Season with salt and pepper and work it together using your hands.
  1. Prepare the vegetables. Place butter into a large pot on medium heat. Dice the carrot, celery, and onion into bite-sized pieces. Add to the butter and season with salt and pepper. Once the onion has turned translucent, about 4 to 6 minutes, add the chicken and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  1. Create the crust. In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and thyme. Incorporate using your hands. Cut the butter into small cubes, then toss in the butter. Using your thumb and forefinger, press the butter into the dough until all cubes have been broken into irregular pieces. Begin by adding 4 tbsp of the ice water. Mix the dough and add up to an additional 2 tbsp of water, if needed. The dough should be able to stick together easily. Press the dough into a cohesive mass. Place onto plastic wrap and press the dough into a disk about 1 inch thick. The dough should be smooth on both sides with a rounded edge. Place into the refrigerator to chill.
  1. Thicken the filling. Add the white wine to the pot and let cook. Slice the sage leaves and thyme into small pieces. Add to the pot and stir. Add in the flour and stir it in, letting it cook. Once it has become thick, slowly stir in the stock and bring it to a simmer. Remove it from the heat and add in the peas and pearl onions. Stir together, then pour the filling into a pie dish.
  1. Assemble the crust. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a circle slightly larger than the dish. Place overtop the filling and trim off the edges. Create vent slits in the center. Place the dish on a parchment-lined baking sheet and brush a beaten egg over top of the crust.
  1. Bake the pie. Place in the oven for _______ minutes, until the crust becomes golden brown. Let sit for ____ minutes before serving.

These pro tips will make this recipe a success.

  • To know when the butter and dry mixture is properly incorporated, grab a handful of the mixture. Press it together in your fist. If it holds its shape but can easily be crumbled apart, then it’s ready for the water to be added.
  • When making the dough, be prepared to adjust the amount of water needed. The time of year and humidity can all affect how much water is needed in the dough. The dough should be able to form and stick into a ball.
  • When cutting the sage, roll the leaves and slice into thin strips, then cut in the other direction. This can make cutting the leaves quicker and easier.
  • Flour should become pasty before adding the stock. The raw flour should be cooked off to thicken the filling. This also helps the stock become activated.
  • Using a salad shaker can help make the stock well-mixed if using bouillon. When pouring into the pot, adding in a little bit at a time makes it easier to incorporate into the filling.
Round white pie dish filled with baked chicken pot pie with scoop taken out with wooden spoon resting against the crust.

Frequently asked questions about this recipe.

Can this be prepared and baked later?

Yes, the filling can be prepared along with preparing the crust and storing it separately. Roll the crust out before baking and allow the filling to come to room temperature.

How long does this keep after preparation?

The crust is best fresh but will still be delicious as leftovers. Store in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.

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Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust

4.80 from 5 votes
This hearty meal uses a delicious combination of flavors with a flaky top crust. Carrots, celery, peas, and pearl onions provide incredible vegetable flavor, combined with delicious bites of chicken. A savory top crust with cheddar and Parmesan cheese forms a perfect finishing top.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 1 lb boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh sage
  • 2 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 1 cup frozen pearl onions thawed

For the cheddar crust

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4-6 tbsp ice cold water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9-inch deep pie dish and set it aside.

For the crust

  • In a bowl, toss together the flour, salt, shredded cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and thyme. Add the cubes of cold butter and toss them with the dry ingredients. Using thumbs and forefingers, work the butter into the flour until it resembles wet sand with pieces of butter no larger than the size of a pea. Add cold water, starting with 4 tbsp. Toss to combine and add more water 1 tbsp at a time to create a cohesive dough that holds together when making a fist of the crumbs. Press the dough into a smooth disk. Wrap tightly and chill in the refrigerator for 20-25 mintues.
    1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, ½ tsp kosher salt, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 tsp fresh thyme, 10 tbsp unsalted butter, 4-6 tbsp ice cold water

For the filling

  • Cube the chicken into ½-inch pieces. Season with the salt and pepper evenly, and set aside to cook vegetables, or set in the refrigerator to season for up to 30 minutes.
    1 lb boneless and skinless chicken thighs, ¾ tsp kosher salt, ½ tsp black pepper
  • Melt the butter in a large 12-inch skillet or shallow stockpot. Once melted, add the onion, carrots, and celery. Season with a sprinkling of kosher salt and sauté until the onions are translucent, 4-6 minutes. Add the prepared chicken and sauté until it is fully cooked, 8-10 minutes.
    3 tbsp unsalted butter, 2 carrots, 1 onion, 1 stalk celery
  • Pour in the white wine and bring it to a simmer. Cook until the wine is mostly evaporated, 3-4 minutes. Add the thyme and sage, stir, and sprinkle in the flour. Stir and cook the flour until it forms a paste-like coating, 2 minutes. While stirring, slowly pour in the stock. Once added, continue to stir and cook until the liquid is thickened, 4-6 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the peas and pearl onions. Stir and set the filling side.
    ½ cup white wine, 1 tbsp minced fresh sage, 2 tsp minced fresh thyme, ¼ cup all-purpose flour, 2 cups chicken stock, 1 cup frozen peas, 1 cup frozen pearl onions
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the chilled crust out to an 11-inch circle. Pour the filling into the prepared deep pie dish and place the rolled crust on top, allowing the excess to hang over the edge. Cut off the excess with the rim of the pie dish. Place the dish on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the top with an egg wash and place in the preheated 375°F oven. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is warmed through, 30-35 minutes. Remove and allow the pie to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

To know when the butter and dry mixture is properly incorporated, grab a handful of the mixture. Press it together in your fist. If it holds its shape but can easily be crumbled apart, then it’s ready for the water to be added.
When making the dough, be prepared to adjust the amount of water needed. The time of year and humidity can all affect how much water is needed in the dough. The dough should be able to form and stick into a ball.
When cutting the sage, roll the leaves and slice into thin strips, then cut in the other direction. This can make cutting the leaves quicker and easier.
Flour should become pasty before adding the stock. The raw flour should be cooked off to thicken the filling. This also helps the stock become activated.
Using a salad shaker can help make the stock well-mixed if using bouillon. When pouring into the pot, adding in a little bit at a time makes it easier to incorporate into the filling.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 480kcal
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking

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5 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Oh my goodness! I made this chicken pot pie tonight for dinner. The crust with the cheddar and the Parmesan is delicious. The nuanced flavor with the wine and the herbs is truly inspired. This pie warms you from the inside. It is perfect for a chilly evening. Thank you, Kaleb!

    1. 5 stars
      Ok… replying to my own post on 01.29.24. Made this for the second time tonight. This is a definite 5 stars!⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
      Such a great recipe! Best chicken pot pie recipe!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Another tasty recipe from Kaleb. For me, embarking on this chicken pot pie dish was worth the time and effort because I can control the ingredients in my food. The flavor, texture and directions were on point and my boyfriend saying it’s the best he’s ever tasted was a nice bonus. I highly recommend making this recipe.

    (Thank you, Kaleb! You’re so nice, knowledgeable, fun to follow and have the best sense of humor.)

  3. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was delicious! I got lazy and used dried sage and thyme leaves in the filling, and didn’t do the egg wash. Next time, I’ll use fresh herbs to see if I notice a difference, but I don’t think the egg wash is necessary.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made Kaleb’s other pot pie with the biscuits on top (yum). I wanted to try this one, and this crust was amazing with the cheese in it! I think I might not have put maybe quite enough water in it because it was a little difficult rolling it out, but I eventually managed. Was really my first time doing an actual crust like that. I cheated and used a rotisserie chicken, but I will definitely be making this again. I love watching Kaleb first make things because he makes me believe that I can do it when I watch him.