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mini chicken pot pies {easy family dinner}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Frozen Food Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve been known to over-complicate a dish, and I’m still guilty of that when I think I have the time, but I do like to pick my culinary battles for most meals. I’ll never use cream of anything from a can, I have to make my own sauce, but I do use other shortcuts. For this recipe I utilized a brilliant bag of frozen vegetables. Did ya know that freezing ripe fruits and vegetables is like hitting nature’s pause button?

A recent study done by The University of California, Davis in partnership with the Frozen Food Foundation revealed that frozen fruits and vegetables are generally as rich in nutrients, and often more so, than their fresh counterparts. This is good news for all us busy families who want to eat from the earth in a convenient and affordable way year round.

Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked and frozen at their peak ripeness, locking in the nutrient value at the point of freezing. I often freeze my own produce, generally because I tend to overbuy when produce I love comes into season, but I also keep my fridge stocked with store-bought frozen fruits and veg. For my recipe today (which was dinner last night) I use a bag of pretty mixed vegetables: carrots, peas, green beans, corn and lima beans.

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SO pretty, right? Toss in some poached, shredded chicken and a homemade sharp cheddar cheese sauce,

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Mix and spoon in over biscuit dough in muffin tins, bake and voila! Mini Chicken Pot Pies for dinner!

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They are like adorable, savory cupcakes and I’m telling you, all kids love all cupcakes — even these veggie-filled ones.

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I used a pop-can of premade biscuits as my second shortcut, which pressed and molded easily into my muffin tins and rose nicely as they baked. For a little holiday pizazz, I rolled out a couple muffin doughs flat and pressed a Christmas tree cookie cutter into them to top some of the pot pies — how cute did these turn out??

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Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Makes 12 pies

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts, poached and shredded

1 1/2 C frozen mixed veggies

2 (10 oz) cans biscuits

4 Tbl butter

4 Tbl flour

2 C milk

1 1/2 C extra sharp cheddar cheese

1 Tbl fresh thyme

salt, pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Over medium high heat, melt butter. Add flour all at once and whisk vigorously until mixture bubbles and thins. Reduce to medium and stir until it smells toasty and appears a nice tan. Slowly add in the milk a bit at a time — do not dump in or your sauce will get clumpy and lumpy. Stir in cheese and continue to stir until the cheese is completely melted and thoroughly incorporated. Add in thyme, salt and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine frozen vegetables and shredded chicken. Pour cheese sauce over and combine.
  4. Press one biscuit into each muffin tin cup, molding up the sides. Add a spoonful of the chicken/veg mixture to each.
  5. Optional: with a pin, roll out the extra muffins thinly. Press a cookie cutter of choice to form desired shape and top the pot pies.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  7. Allow to rest on a wire rack for 2 minutes – enjoy immediately! These can also be frozen for later!

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8 Comments

  1. November 17, 2014 at 11:59 am — Reply

    These look AMAZING! You photography is also on point, lady! Ugh, definitely trying this recipe.

    • November 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm — Reply

      Thanks Stephanie! Hope you love them (you will!)

  2. November 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    Oh yum these look tasty and easy to make ahead of time.

    • November 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm — Reply

      Totally and they freeze really well!

  3. November 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm — Reply

    Oh my goodness, I know what I am making for dinner tomorrow night! My family will LOVE this recipe.

  4. November 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    These look so good. A great way to get the kids to eat their veggies too!

  5. Jenna Wood
    November 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm — Reply

    How cute- the other half loves pot pies, but I don’t love the mess of the pans. I think this is the perfect compromise, and would be great on the holiday table!

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