Chicken Not Pie

"No one will miss the crust or realize that the amount of chicken has been cut back in this nontraditional potpie. With lots of creamy potatoes, it's a pretty spectacular take on an old favorite." 


Typically, a pot pie is a type of meat pie with a top crust made of flaky pastry, and is known across the world as a classic comfort food. This recipe, called Chicken Not Pie, is aptly named because it doesn't have the pastry crust. What it DOES have is a similar comfort food factor, a balanced combination of meat, starch, and vegetables making it a whole meal by itself, wonderful flavors accented by fresh lemon juice, and is easy to make - always important for me!


chicken not pie - (recipe by Mark Bittman)

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp thyme or tarragon
  • 12 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  •  2 or 3 large Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1" cubes
  • 2 medium carrots or parsnips, sliced
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lb. green beans or asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add stock, water, and thyme. Bring to a boil and add chicken. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until meat is barely cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove chicken. Stir in potatoes, carrots, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat so liquid bubbles enthusiastically. cover and cook until potatoes are almost tender, about 20 minutes. Add green beans. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are just tender, about 10 minutes. If liquid hasn't begun to thicken, increase the heat and cook a few minutes longer, stirring to prevent vegetables from sticking. Chop or slice chicken and return it, along with any accumulated juices, to the pot. Stir in lemon juice. when warmed through, add peas. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Serve sprinkled with parsley. ENJOY!


Happy, Healthy Living!


JoAnn Newton is a Holistic Nutrition Educator and Master Massage Therapist with a private practice in Graton, CA.

Passionate about helping people transform their health through holistic nutrition, she facilitates a 23 day online Nutritional E-Cleanse Program seasonally with coaching, compassion, and humor.