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A Southern Favorite – Chicken Pie

When I moved to Catawba County in 1976, I realized chicken pie was a favorite here.  When I purchased the first one, it wasn’t what I expected.  Chicken pie to me was chicken with vegetables in a pie with a cobbler or biscuit topping. That isn’t true here.  A chicken pie can be minced chicken in a 9 inch pie crust with a pie crust top.  It can also be a cooked chicken with raised dumplings and that is actually called pot pie.  The reason it is called pot pie is because the chicken is cooked in large black pots with the dough on top.  As it cooks together it makes a wonderful hearty chicken stew.

This chicken pie recipe I am sharing with you today is one of my favorites.  It is from the St. Peters’ Lutheran Church cookbook that was published in 1981.  It is fairly easy to make and I like it because I don’t have to roll out dough to make the topping.j

Easy Chicken Pie

2 and 1/2 Pound chicken, cooked

1 can of cream of chicken soup

1 and  1/4 cup of chicken stock

1 cup self rising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup milk

1 stick margarine.

Cut chicken in bite size pieces and put in a baking disk (9 x 13 is what I use)  Mix the soup and chicken stock in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Pour over the chicken.  Mix remaining ingredients together and pour over the chicken.  Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.

I have a favorite memory as far as chicken pie is concerned.  At one time, I visited a lady that was a shut in at a local nursing home.  She attended St. Peters and was very proud of the pot pie meal that was a fund raiser for the church.  She always insisted that chicken pie should not have vegetables.  I started to tease her when we talked about chicken pie.  I would tell her I made chicken pie and was going to bring her some.  Her first question was, “Did it have vegetables?  I would answer yes and her whole expression would change and she would emphatically tell me, “Well, I wouldn’t eat it.  Chicken pie with vegetables isn’t fitin to eat.”  It still makes me chuckle.

As I have eaten it both ways, I like both versions.  I just think it is so comforting to smell a chicken pie baking in the oven, especially this time of year.

Thanks for stopping by.

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