Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust

by Andie Mitchell on July 2, 2010

Sometimes I wonder if Whole Foods wouldn’t be kinder to shoppers if they erected an electric fence of sorts around some areas of the store. Not a high intensity zap, but just a little bzzz to keep me away from, say, the wall of energy bars, the fine quality chocolate, and the greek yogurt. Actually, what might work even better would be a timer. One of those little sand filled hourglasses from Pictionary. Something to limit the minutes, ahem hours, I can spend gazing at artisanal cheeses that cost upwards of $10 a pound. I have a sneaking suspicion that I’d adapt to that sort of speed shopping, though. It would become a matter of running in and running out with ten items or less- the only items I’d managed to grab being imported gelato, Icelandic skyr yogurt, a cake, and freshly baked bread. Paid for with my left kidney.

Case in point: I wagered Daniel’s love and affection for a few of these yesterday:

…aaaand about a dozen of these

Apparently I thought his affection was worth $2.29 a pop. I can’t be held accountable, you’d do it too.

The saving grace of it all was probably the dinner I prepared. I had a hankering for chicken pot pie, but wanted to forgo the pie crust in favor of a cornbread topping. Basically, I wanted to make an already luscious dish practically pornographic in its obscenity. Success? To say the least.

I only wish she looked a bit prettier. Sure, she tastes delicious- tender chunks of chicken, carrots, celery, corn, and peas, swimming in a rich, creamy gravy, and nestled under a blanket of sweet, gritty cornbread. The crumbly topping serving as the perfect sponge for the flavorful sauce.

The recipe is from Miss O. Oprah. I began to take pictures of the cooking process but halfway through, my camera battery died. Story of my life. We’d be better suited to post pictures of me slamming my camera on the counter and calling it “Worthless. Never there when I need it.”

Here is the recipe, if you’re interested in wrapping your taste buds in a cashmere blanket and giving them a massage. Comfort food.

Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust (recipe from Oprah.com)
Filling:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium Onion , chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups chopped Roasted Chicken (I used 3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breast that I simply sauteed in a pan and then chopped)
  • 1/2 cup frozen sweet petite peas (I also added corn and celery- about 1/2 cup each)
  • 1 potato , diced and boiled
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped, cooked carrots
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Cracked pepper
  • Dash of Tabasco® sauce

Crust:

  • 3/4 cup white or yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil

Directions:

To make filling: Preheat the oven to 400°. Spray a 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil and unsalted butter together. Add onion and sauté until tender, about 4 or 5 minutes. Add in flour until blended. Slowly stir in 2 cups of heated chicken stock, whisking well. Cook mixture over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, about 4 minutes. Stir in chicken, peas, potato, carrots, salt, pepper and Tabasco®. Pour into a 2-quart ovenproof casserole dish coated with cooking spray and spread mixture evenly.

To make crust: In a bowl, stir cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Stir milk, egg and canola oil until well combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Spoon the batter evenly on the filling. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 22 to 25 minutes.

Enjoy!

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy @ Second City Randomness July 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

Oh I think it’s very much a gorgeous dish…

I prefer cornbread for stuff like this- something about that fluffy yet semi-gritty bread gets me every time…

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 2, 2010 at 10:36 am

I love chicken pot pie but I love cornbread even more. This looks so much better than what I’m eating for lunch today.

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Katie @ Health for the Whole Self July 2, 2010 at 10:39 am

Drool-worthy! Two of my favorite things – pot pie and cornbread – COMBINED!

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homecookedem July 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

This looks so heavenly and like the ultimate comfort food! Yummmmm!! :)

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Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 2, 2010 at 10:52 am

Mmmmmm- LOVE me some cornbread! Now that’s what I call a pot pie – delish! :)

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M.J. Jacobsen July 2, 2010 at 11:06 am

You are sooo funny! I love this recipe, I could eat it for breakfast!

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 2, 2010 at 11:16 am

M.J.- Ha, I really did look at the leftovers this morning and think about eating them right then and there! Tempting.

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Brittany July 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

That looks like the yummiest thing ever, and I wish it was in my belly right now ;)!! You’re such a great cook! You make my mouth water every time I click on over to you blog!

Have a great weekend!

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Leah @ Why Deprive? July 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

So I saw the words “cornbread crust” and was immediately won over. I love cornbread. Love it!

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Kelly July 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm

That sounds delicious! My mom never made homemade chicken pot pies, just frozen ones.

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Ashley S July 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Holy YUM I can’t wait to make this. How many servings does it make? Do you have a pic of it in the baking dish? Trying to see how much it makes.

Thanks!

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 2, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Hi Ashley! Oprah’s site said to put it in a 2 quart casserole dish, but I didn’t have one and instead used a 13×9″ baking pan. The cornbread layer is thinner than it would be in the 2 qt dish, but I was okay with that. Still tasty! You could also use a 9×9″ pan for a thicker cornbread layer!

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Erica July 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm

haha ohhh WFs…you always take all my money too. I haven’t had pot pie in ages- I love the idea of a cornbread crust- I totally need to make this! I hope you have a great fourth

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Kelly July 2, 2010 at 2:45 pm

OH YUM! Cornbread is my absolutel favorite! This is a must try! Thanks honey!!!

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Mo July 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Whole Foods is evil. I forgive Whole Foods, of course, because it’s awesome. But it makes you buy things you later regret, ever-so-slightly. Evil! :P

This recipe looks delicious! I like the idea of a cornbread crust haha.

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Mo, it’s true- Whole Foods is the hardest place for me to not spend an entire paycheck. Clothes and other purchases I can generally take or leave, but the quality of food at WF is just my weakness!

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Nicole July 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Oh*my*goodness*. (mouth gaping). That looks DELICOUS!

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theprocessofhealing July 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm

That sounds SOO GOOD!!! And yes, Whole Foods is highly dangerous to my bank account.

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Michelle July 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Yum! My 7yo thinks it looks delish too. Whole Foods Timer? Yes, I definitely need one when I visit. My only saving grace is the nearest WF is 30 minutes away. They are opening a HUGE one closer to me soon. I’m in trouble ;-)

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Danielle (Runs on Green) July 2, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Oprah has recipes??

Chicken pot pie used to be my *favorite* dish when I was younger :D Truth be told, it was all about the soggy crust muahaha

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Faith July 3, 2010 at 8:01 am

Chicken pot pie is one of my favorite comfort foods! It looks absolutely amazing with the cornbread crust (I’ve never had it that way before!). Love at first site. Literally. ;)

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Shelley (findinghappinessandhealth) July 4, 2010 at 9:05 am

chicken pot pie is a childhood favorite- I loved it! I had no clue how unhealthy it was (haha) but this recipe seems like a great one!

xoxox

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greensandjeans July 4, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food. This looks to die for.

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Bernadette July 5, 2010 at 11:29 am

Holy mother of all things GOOD!!

Chicken Pot pie is by far MY FAVORITE food of all time. It would be what I asked for if I were ordering my ‘last meal’. Mmmmm

I like to make them in ramekins because I’m the only one in my house that will eat them and this way I have single servings size to freeze and bake later… as needed.

I am trying this recipe just as soon as I can!!

Mmmmmmmm

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Vanessa January 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Mm, this is yummy. Though I would suggest either omitting the sugar or reducing it – I love sugar in cornbread, but on top of the pot pie filling it was… weird. And the filling (for me) was not quite salty enough but that’s an easy fix.
Okay, done with the complaints. It was so easy and quick to throw together – I boiled up the carrots with the potatoes so they would be cooked (as the recipe calls for), very easy. I added celery and let that cook with the onion, so that was easy, too. It thickened up perfectly, and it was just so easy, so delicious, and very beautiful out of the oven. I would highly suggest this recipe. Even clean up was a breeze – I boiled the potatoes and carrots to start with, chopped while it cooked. By the time it was done boiling, I was done chopping everything else so I could strain the potatoes/carrots and use the same pot to cook everything in.

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Can You Stay for Dinner January 7, 2011 at 7:03 am

Thanks for the feedback Vanessa! Glad you tried it and liked it!

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ana January 20, 2011 at 11:24 am

Tried this last night – and wowza was this yummy! I did do a couple of slight changes – I cheated and used a box of jiffy cornmuffin mix, just added 3/4 milk and one egg to it make the crust. And I added about 1/2 cup of “mojito criollo” to the chicken breast when I cooked it. Also cooked the veggies ahead of time (real good idea!) Sadly there’s no leftovers, it was sooo good we scarfed it down. KEEPER!

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Can You Stay for Dinner January 20, 2011 at 11:27 am

Awesome to hear your feedback Ana! Thanks!!

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Stephanie September 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Made this for dinner tonight! Modified the recipe a little big – instead of making my own sauce I used a can of creamed chicken soup, and added a diced serano pepper into the sauce. WOW IT WAS AMAZING! We both had seconds and the BF also requested a doggy bag for lunch tomorrow. Best combo ever. Definitely a staple from now on.

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Ruth Hoernig November 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm

This is a little complicated: I took leftover homemade chicken noodle soup, took out all the dumpling-noodles (which weren’t too good anyway), added a little creamy broth and some peas, then I made your divine topping and it’s in the oven now. Can’t wait!

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