Chicken Pot Pie for One

Monday 7 June 2021

Chicken Pot Pie 
Chicken Pot Pie. There is nothing that brings to mind the picture of comfort, family and Home-Sweet-Home more than Chicken Pot Pie.  Just the thought of an old fashioned chicken pot pie recipe can get our taste buds to tingling!

If you are a small family, an empty nester or a singleton all on your own, you may think that having a homemade chicken pot pie is no longer in your future.  That you will be relegated to eat nothing for the rest of your days, but frozen single sized pot pies that never quite live up to your dreams and leave you wanting more.

Chicken Pot Pie 

That is not to say that there is anything wrong with frozen chicken pot pies.  Some of them are actually quite good, but there is not a one that can quite come up to the deliciousness of a nice homemade one! 

Of course you could make a full sized pot pie and break it down into four single pies, eating one now and freezing three for later. If you are like me however, your freezer space is probably quite limited. 

Chicken Pot Pie 

All I have at the moment is the freezer section on the top of my refrigerator. Hardly ideal or large enough to hold very much really. 

Today I decided that I was going to make myself a chicken pot pie sized just for one. For me, and that it was going to be a chicken pot pie that lived up to every dream of pot pie I have ever had!

Chicken Pot Pie 
My mother made the best pot pies.  Whenever we had a roast dinner of any kind, we could be pretty certain that some of the leftovers and the gravy would be made into a pot pie.  They were delicious.

As delicious as they were however, all of us got really excited when my mom bought us good frozen pot pies. (not the cheap ones) There was something about that tender chicken meat and those vegetables in that creamy white gravy that sang the song of our pot pie loving hearts!

Chicken Pot Pie 
Am I wrong?  Isn't there something about a good quality frozen pot pie (say a Stouffler's) that is incredibly delicious?  Probably about the worst thing I could say about them is not enough chicken or vegetables.

I wanted to recreate that, and to recreate it just for me. However, I wanted a thick and creamy white sauce, filled with lots of tender pieces of chicken breast and vegetables. 

Chicken Pot Pie 

I also wanted a tender and flaky crust that was both pleasing to the eye and to the tongue.  My butter/lard pastry is the best pastry going. (scroll down the page of the link for the recipe)  I didn't want to have to make a full recipe of it however, just to top a single serve pot pie.

I managed to reduce the quantities to make a beautiful butter/lard pastry topping that was perfectly sized for my single serve pie.  This is the BEST pastry.

Chicken Pot Pie 
It is flaky and butter, melts in your mouth . . .  and at the same time crisp edged.  I love, LOVE it.  

Of course you could use a small amount of a store purchased pastry or even puff pastry.  For me, however, it had to be my butter/lard pastry.

Chicken Pot Pie 
Remember those chickens I bought and cut up for freezing?  I used one of the breasts to make this pie.  It was sufficient enough to give me plenty of chicken and even some stock for the gravy/sauce.

Chicken with the skin and bone will give you the nicest flavored stock, no stock cubes needed.  And it is really very easy and quick to make. Just follow my instructions and you will end up with perfectly cooked, juicy chicken breast meat and beautifully flavored stock.

Chicken Pot Pie 
The pies of my childhood were filled with peas, carrots, corn and green beans. Never any potato, unless my mom had made them.  I know I could have used a few tablespoons of frozen mixed vegetables for this which would have worked great.

I didn't have any however, so I cooked a small quantity of carrot and added some frozen peas, corn and chopped green beans.

Chicken Pot Pie 
The sauce is your basic cream sauce, broken down to make only 1/2 cup in total of sauce.   You start by sautéing a small amount of onion and celery in some butter, just to soften it.  You don't want it to brown.

Into that you add an equal amount of flour.  Cook for a minute to cook out the flour taste and then whisk in a small amount of stock and milk. Equal amounts.

Chicken Pot Pie

A tiny bit of seasoning, some summer savory and you end up with a sauce that is very reminiscent of those pies of our childhoods.  Rich, creamy, delicious.  Not too thick, not too thin.

I stirred the chicken and vegetables into that (well drained of course) to make a beautiful, perfectly sized, ample filling for my pie.

This got put into my one sole surviving blue cup.  I had quite a number of pretty large cups that I could use to bake pies in. Unfortunately, this is the only one that made the journey over from the UK unscathed.  

Chicken Pot Pie 
I lost the pretty blue plates that matched as well, but never mind. Its only stuff and you can't take it with you, plus it makes this one even more precious and beloved.

I rolled out the pastry, set it on top and fluted it all around very prettily.  I thought it was pretty anyways. 

Chicken Pot Pie 

Twenty minutes later I was rewarded with a delicious pot pie just for moi!  The filling was really wonderful, rich, creamy and filled with plenty of  tender chicken and vegetables.

The crust was golden brown on the edges, flaky and short textured.  I don't know about you, but I call this a result! 

Chicken Pot Pie 
It really didn't take an awful lot of effort  and was fabulously tasty.  All natural ingredients.  Hand crafted with not a preservative in sight.

My pot pie craving has been sated for the immediate future . . .  at least until I am craving one again. Its nice to know that with only the tiniest bit of time and effort I can have something much more delicious than a frozen pie, and perfectly sized just for me.

Chicken Pot Pie (for one)

Chicken Pot Pie (for one)

Yield: 1
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 40 Min
You may think that because you are only one you can't enjoy a lovely chicken pot pie that is homemade. Not true. This pie is delicious, easy to make and perfectly sized just for you!


For the chicken:
  • 1 small, bone in, skin on, chicken breast
  • cold water to cover
  • 1/2 medium sized carrot
  • 1/2 small onion, peeled
  • 1 6-inch piece of celery with the leaves 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/2 small bay leaf
For the vegetables:
  • 1/2 medium sized carrot, peeled and cubed
  • 2 TBS frozen peas
  • 2 TBS frozen corn
  • 4 whole green beans sliced into 1/2 inch lengths
For the sauce:
  • 1/2  TBS butter
  • 1/2  TBS flour
  • 1 TBS minced onion
  • 1 TBS minced celery
  • 1/4 cup (60ml)chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp summer savory
For the pastry:
  • 3 TBS all purpose plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 (1/2-inch) cube of cold butter
  • 1 (1/2-inch) cube of cold lard
  • 1 tsp ice water (or as needed)


  1. First cook your chicken. Put the chicken breast into a saucepan along with the other ingredients and just barely cover with cold water.  
  2. Bring to the boil, then simmer, covered.  Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until cooked through and the juices run clear.  Remove from the heat and remove the chicken from the saucepan, setting it aside to cool.  
  3. Reserve 1/4 cup (60ml) of the stock it cooked in, discarding the remainder. 
  4. Add your carrot to a small saucepan of boiling water, cook until crispy tender.  Add the frozen vegetables. Remove from the heat and set aside for a few minutes, then drain well and cool.
  5. For the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan.  Add the onion and celery.  Cook over low heat to soften, stirring frequently.  Do not allow to brown.
  6. Whisk in the flour.  Mix together the stock and milk. Slowly whisk this into the flour/butter mixture.  Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until the mixture comes to the boil and thickens.  Leave to simmer for several minutes.  Add the salt, pepper and summer savoury.  Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Keep warm.
  7. Remove the chicken from the bone, discarding both the bone and the skin. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes.  Put into a bowl along with the cooked and drained vegetables.  Pour the sauce over top and mix well to combine.
  8. Pour this mixture into a small oven-proof dish capable of holding it all and place the dish onto a small baking sheet.
  9. Preheat the oven to 400*F/200*C/ gas mark 6.
  10. Measure the flour and salt for the pastry into a bowl.  Drop in the butter and lard and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse sand.  Stir in the water (you may need extra) to make a soft dough.
  11. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured board and shape into a flat round, then roll out  with a rolling pin, 1/4 inch thick to a round large enough to cover your baking dish.
  12. Place the pastry on top of the filling in the dish and crimp the edges all around.  Vent in a few places with a knife.
  13. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
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  1. Your pot pie looks so cute in your pretty blue cup. Looks delicious, too. I often make individual pot pies after I've roasted a chicken. It's an excellent way to use up leftover chicken. Happy Monday. Hugs, Elaine

    1. They are an excellent way to use up roast chicken for sure Elaine! Happy Monday to you and Larry! Love and hugs, xoxo

  2. I love those cute cups, and am sad for you that the others got broken in transit :(

    The pie sounds delicious - I'm very partial to a pot pie as well and my mum often did exactly what your mum did after a roast. There was never any waste in those days. And I can vouch for your butter/lard pastry - it always works and makes the nicest pies.

    1. I can't cry over spilt milk Marie. At least I still have one! They could have all broken and I would have none! I have to count my blessings! This was a really delicious pie for sure. I really enjoyed it! Thank you! xoxo

  3. We love our pot pies! When it gets hot, like it is now, I don't bake. Our air conditioner is ancient and doesn't always keep up when it gets too hot. We'll stick with Marie Callendar's until it cools back down, maybe about October or so. Much love - Raquel XO

  4. Very sad about your lovely blue cups ..I really admired them in some of your other posts . Yes at least you have that one anyway and it looks really quite charming filled with your delicious Chicken Pot Pie :) You have been through such a lot , I do hope you are settling in comfortably now you are back home in Canada :) xxx

    1. It was, but one thing this exercise has taught me is that stuff is only stuff and none of it really matters in the long range! I am settling in well. I am very happy, so happy I am almost afraid that something is going to happen to spoil it all! xoxo


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