The Main Dish
I'm kicking off Comfort Food Week with chicken pot pie. This hearty dinner is the perfect remedy to a long, cold day.
My chicken pot pie dinner is not only tailored for parties of two, but it is also a healthier take on a dish that has a bad rep for being loaded with fat and calories. And the good news just keeps on coming, as this recipe also falls under my favorite category -- quick and easy.
Chicken Pot Pie
Total Time: 25 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
What you'll need
1 uncooked chicken breast, cut into small cubes and seasoned with salt and pepper
1/4 small onion, diced
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 large carrot, thinly sliced (about a centimeter thick otherwise they won't cook all the way through)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 can 98% fat free cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup chicken stock
4 Pillsbury crescent roll dough triangles (from a tube of Pillsbury crescent rolls)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 x 14 ounce oven safe bowls
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, chicken stock, salt and pepper. Mix well.
6. If you chose option 1, take the edges of the crescent rolls and cover the top of the soup.
7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until soup is bubbling and crescent rolls are golden brown.
The skinny on the chicken pot pie
Chicken pot pie has often been labeled as one of the worst meals in the frozen food section. This is unfortunate because it tastes so good! However, with a few minor alterations, I found a way to reduce the typically 40 grams of fat and 700 calorie per serving dish to about 400 calories and 14 grams of fat. And it still tastes just as good as I remember.
Below is the calorie and fat breakdown for one of my chicken pot pies:
• 2 x crescent rolls: 180 calories and 8 grams of fat
• 1/2 can cream of chicken soup: 90 calories and 3 grams of fat
• 1/4 cup chicken stock: 5 calories and 0 grams of fat
• vegetables: 50 calories and .2 grams of fat
• chicken: 82.5 calories and 1.5 grams of fat
Total: 407.5 calories and 14.2 grams of fat
I'd love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite comfort food recipes?