How far did $25 and a free bottle of peach chardonnay (my aunt makes it) get me on Valentine’s Day/ Our Anniversary. It got me 10 mini chicken pot pies in the shape of hearts that I wrote cutesy messages on, glasses full of wine, a DIY installation of a new dome light and complete relaxation while watching the intense return of one of my favourite shows The Walking Dead.
I’m going to get right into the making of these pies though. The filling is the hardest part and really, it wasn’t that hard. I’m even going to do a price break down for this one (prices will vary because I buy everything on sale/discount or with coupons).
What you need;
- 1/3 C butter – $0.94
- 3 C frozen veggies – $1.70
- 1 yellow onion – $0.10
- 2 1/2 C cooked chicken – $5.98 (I bought pre-cooked rotisserie chicken)
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup – $1.17
- 2 cans Milk – $0.44 (you need 2 parts milk to 1 part soup)
- 1/3 C all- purpose flour – $0.29
- 1 tbps parsley flakes – $0.03
- 1/2 tbsp garlic salt – $0.03
- 1/2 tbsp paprika – $0.02
- 1/2 tbsp ground black pepper – $0.02
- Pillsbury pie crust – $2.99
I used my deep non-stick frying pan for this job and it was the perfect size for the filling. Set the pan to medium/high and put the butter into the pan. When the butter is starting to melt, add your chopped yellow onion, parsley and garlic salt.
When the onions have caramelized, add the soup, milk, paprika, pepper and flour. I used a silicone whisk to get the flour chunks to separate. Once the filling is stirred thoroughly, lower the heat to med/low and add your chicken (shredded or just cut up), mix it in and add the veggies next. I used no name frozen mixed veggies which consist of corn, peas, carrots and lima beans.
While the veggies are warming up, turn on the oven (in my case it was the toaster oven) to 375 °F and get the pie crust out and flip one of the aluminum hearts (Dollar Store for $1.25) upside down onto the pie crust. Cut around the the aluminum carefully and repeat as many times as you can.
Fill your heart tins with pot pie filling and place the pie crust on top. I only cut words into the pies that we were eating that night and they were so cute!
Cook them in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until crust is browned. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before plating them.
Once slightly cooled, pour a glass of wine and enjoy eating these tasty pies. I don’t like dessert pies, but I LOVE pot pies!