Sometimes we all want home cooked comfort food. And sometimes we want fast food at one of the world’s most successful restaurants. Why can’t you have both? When we first discovered the KFC Chicken Pot Pie, we couldn’t believe what we were seeing, could life really be so good? In this recipe, I am going to show you how to make our very own copycat KFC Chicken Pot Pie recipe at home.
What is in a pot pie from KFC?
A KFC pot pie is a hearty and comforting dish, featuring a creamy filling of tender chicken chunks, diced potatoes, peas, and carrots, all seasoned with savory herbs and spices. This rich mixture is encased in a flaky, buttery pastry crust, baked to a perfect golden brown, delivering a satisfying blend of textures and flavors in every bite. This classic pot pie is a staple comfort food, loved for its home-style taste and fulfilling nature.
Ok so you’ve probably guessed, it’s not the usual fare from Kentucky fried chicken, because its not fried. But that’s ok, instead of crispy coated seasoning, we’ve got flaky puff pastry instead. Don’t worry, we forgive you colonel. We could even half believe it was good for us too. It contains a fair bit of vegetables! In fact, with each mouthful you’ll get crisp pastry, carrots, soft floury potatoes, peas, and some savory, creamy, chicken goodness.
Bliss with every mouthful.
How To Make KFC Chicken Pot Pie
We definitely haven’t been lazy in crafting this KFC Chicken Pot Pie recipe. We even make the pastry from scratch! This is good because it means we are cooking properly. This is not so good if you are busy so we’ll be straight up honest with you right now. If you want to use store bought or ready rolled pastry, then be our guest. You could even mix it up slightly and go for a different type of pastry such as short crust.
But we’re going to do it the real way…
If you want an authentic KFC Chicken Pot Pie then you’ve got to go the extra mile. This pastry is as close as we can get. A really good tip for keeping your pastry light and crispy is…
And listen carefully because this is important…
Keep your butter cold and don’t handle the pastry too much with your hands. Why do we say this? Well, if you keep the butter cold it will stay in tiny little parcels of fatty goodness within the flour. When it cooks in the oven it puffs out slightly, giving that flaky golden pastry. If you melt the butter with the heat of your hands then you lose those little packets and as a result you will end up with flat, dull, heavy pastry.
Have we got it? Great, let’s carry on!
The creamy filling that surrounds all of our pie ingredients is a bit of a cheat actually. But seeing as we went to all that effort to make real pastry, we think you deserve a break. We actually use a tin of chicken soup. The particular brand of chicken soup doesn’t really matter. What we will suggest is that you pick your favorite. If you want to make your KFC Chicken Pot Pie a little classier, just go for a better brand of soup.
Its up to you how you want to make the pie. For a genuine KFC Chicken Pot Pie, we recommend investing in some individual foil dishes. Then everyone can have their own, however if you’ve got a medium sized pie dish then that will be suitable too, just serve it in thick quarter slices (or attempt to eat it all yourself).
This Chicken Pot Pie actually makes an ideal dinner if you are on the go. If you’ve made individual pies they will keep for a couple of days and can be reheated. Alternatively, once you have assembled the pie, allow the filling to cool and place them apart in the freezer. They will cook in about 45 minutes from frozen (but the pastry won’t be quite as puffy).
Anyway, we don’t know about you, but our mouth is watering.
Tips & Tricks
- Use Fresh Ingredients: For the best flavor, use fresh carrots, potatoes, and peas. Fresh vegetables will enhance the taste and texture of your pot pie.
- Cook Vegetables Just Right: Boil the carrots and potatoes for about 10 minutes until they are just tender. This ensures they don’t become too mushy when baked in the pie.
- Savory Sauce Balance: When preparing the filling, ensure the cream of chicken soup and milk mixture is well-heated but not boiling. This helps to keep the sauce thick and creamy.
- Seasoning is Key: Don’t forget to season your filling with salt and pepper. This simple step can make a big difference in bringing out the flavors of the chicken and vegetables.
- Flaky Crust: For the crust, ensure your butter is well incorporated into the flour for that perfect flaky texture. If you’re short on time, a refrigerated pie crust can be a good substitute.
- Proper Filling: Fill each pie plate with the right amount of filling, about 1 cup, to maintain the right crust-to-filling ratio.
- Venting the Pie: Cut slits into the pie dough before baking. This allows steam to escape and prevents the crust from becoming soggy.
- Baking to Perfection: Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. This ensures a crispy crust and thoroughly cooked filling.
- Let it Cool: Allow the pie to cool for several minutes before serving. This helps the filling set and makes it easier to serve.
- Reheating Tips: If you need to reheat the pot pie, cover the edges with foil to prevent the crust from burning and heat it in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed through.
Can You Reheat a Chicken Pot Pie?
Yes you absolutely can. Start by preheating the oven to 280 degrees. Ensure the edges of the dish are covered with foil to ensure the crust doesn’t get burnt. Allow the homemade chicken pot pie to heat up for 15 minutes. Depending on the size of the dish, you might require longer. Allow it to get heated right through before serving.
Other Copycat Recipes
Well maybe not as quick as KFC but just as tasty (if not better… sorry Colonel Sanders!) Our homemade KFC Chicken Pot Pie recipe is actually more like real cooking than fast food, but it does contain one or two little ‘cheats’. After you have tasted it we are sure you will forgive us and it will become a regular item on your menu.