Paleo Chicken Pot Pie

Good old fashioned (Paleo) chicken pot pie. It’s the Southern food I grew up on and am most comforted by. I grew up in a household where momma made just about everything from scratch. Her cooking was pretty good (love ya mom), but she was (and still is) an especially great baker. I still remember watching her boil the bagel dough for the crunchy cinnamon & sugar bagels I’d get to devour for my after school snack. Anyway….

Chicken pot pie is a baking person’s savory dish. I really think we’ve taken away any excuse you’ll ever have, ever again, to eat a SAD* chicken pot pie.

Ingredients

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 1  red onion, diced
  • 1 small bunch fresh collards, any other green will work too (4-5 cups chopped, stems removed)
  • 8 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 1-2 T fresh thyme
  • 1 lb chicken breasts (or thighs or a mix)
  • 4 T FOC (fat of choice)
  • 3 c chicken stock
  • 1 T potato starch**
  • s&p

For the Crust

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 c almond flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • ⅓ c butter (we used butter, but think non-hydrogenated palm shortening or coconut oil would work well too)

Method

In a large soup pot with a lid, heat your FOC over medium-high heat, then add your diced chicken. You want your pot to be pretty hot…you should hear a good sizzle when you add the chicken. Now…resist the urge to mess with it for a few minutes. You need to leave it down for a bit to get it a little brown. Test by peeking under a piece. When you’ve reached the desired brown-ness, go ahead and stir and finish cooking the chicken until done. This should take 4-6 minutes. Remove the chicken from your pot and set aside.

Add the remaining 2 T FOC and all of your peeled, diced veg (carrot, parsnip, onion, collards, mushrooms, thyme) to your pot and cover. Trapping the steam will help cook down your vegetables. Stir occasionally until all vegetables are cooked through and collards are almost finished cooking. Your collards should be wilted down and soft with a slight bite still to them. This will take 10-15 minutes. Now add the stock. Bring this up to a simmer and let the veg and collards cook a little longer, about 5 minutes. Add your chicken back in. The potato starch is going to be your thickener. To prevent it from clumping, add  1 T of starch to a small bowl along with 1-2 T water. Whisk or stir with fork until all lumps are gone and then add to the pot. Stir this through and reduce the heat until the mixture reaches a thickness that looks right for pot pie filling.

Remove this from the heat and add to any oven save bakeware (pyrex, stoneware, etc.). You could use ramekins and make individual pot pies here. Try to choose a size that will be filled to the brim by your mixture. However, this is not essential.

For your biscuit topping…

Let the butter (or palm shortening/coconut oil) get slightly softened and add it to your mixer bowl with the almond flour, salt and baking powder. Mix until evenly distributed. If you don’t have a mixer, do this with a fork. Now add your egg whites to the mix and stir to combine. Keep this mixture in the fridge if you make it ahead. When you’re ready to bake just top your pot pie veggie mixture (ramekins or other) with the dough. Bake at 400 F for 12-15 minutes until the top(s) is/are golden brown.

*Standard American Diet

**If you have issues with potato (though it’s been stated that, digestively speaking, you shouldn’t), I’m sure arrowroot powder would suffice as a thickener, but can’t estimate, off-hand, the quantity that would be needed…

73 thoughts on “Paleo Chicken Pot Pie

  1. Amy Reply

    Would love to make this with leftover Thanksgiving turkey when the time comes! Could I use your biscuit recipe that’s in your cookbook (no almond flour) as the topping instead?

  2. Tina Reply

    This looks amazing!
    To update this recipe not using almond flour, would I just swap it out with coconut flour? or is there another combination of flours/etc I should use?
    I can’t wait to use all my Thanksgiving leftovers to make this!
    Thanks!!!

  3. Shanna Reply

    I just made this, I am literally eating it now. It sooo yummy! It was more work than I expected, but it was totally worth it. Awesome comfort food, thanks for posting this.

  4. kyle Reply

    Aren’t you heating the butter a little high past its smoke point? Even using coconut oil at 400 deg fahrenheit is a little hot if your trying to avoid eating an oxidized mess. How do you think avocado oil or ghee would be in this recipe?

  5. Emily Reply

    So I have been making this for sometime and I have always beaten the egg whites. Where did I get that from??? Did you change the method? Anyway, I was looking over the recipe because I have a client who wants to make it on her own so I’m going to share my version of the recipe with her. I really like the fluffiness of the crust when I beat the whites but am I wasting my time? Curious… I also frequently substitute sunflower meal(make it myself) for almond flour. I poach a whole chicken from the start so I have a nice tender pulled chicken and homemade stock and definitely double the potato starch.

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