Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Results Are In....

The three of us just finished with dinner. Let me think of what words I should choose....yummy, tasty, delicious, & fun! I have to admit that I tasted the mix before baking so I had an advantage over the kids. :)

Here is what I did.....

I had to cook up my chicken which I had actually planned to do last night. I pounded it out & cooked it in a frying pan with a tablespoon of olive oil & some chopped garlic. I then tried something that I have never done before that has me REALLY excited. I put the chicken in the food processor & 15 seconds I shredded 6 chicken breasts. YES! That saved me a ton of time.

I then sauteed my onions & my potatoes since I used raw ones. The recipe calls for two minutes but I love caramelized onions so I cooked mine until they were slightly brown.  I forgot that I wanted to get whole milk instead of using the skim milk that we drink so I did half skim & half, half & half.

I baked my bottom crust for 7-8 minutes before dumping in my filling. I then used a package of crescent rolls for my top crust because I LOVE crescent rolls & I thought it would be a much better flavor. I was right.  It turned out absolutely beautiful & lucky for me the kids loved it too. As you will see in the photo, my pie plate is in storage. I had to improvise & I used my oval baker instead. It worked like a charm.

When I asked Brandon & Allyson for their feedback for the blog, they both said that next time we should use green beans. They also requested that we do crescent rolls on the top & on the bottom. If this is going to be one of my cheat meals....I don't think I am going to argue with them about this. I asked them both if they would be excited if I said we were eating this again & they both yelled out, "Yes!" without even thinking. So, it looks like week one was a good choice.

Cost of making this recipe:

Pie Crust - $1.42
Crescents - $1.67
Butter - $0.20
Onion - $0.38
Chicken Broth - $1.04
Milk - $.50
Chicken - $2.22
Can Carrots - $0.67
Can Corn - $0.67
Potatoes - $0.68

Total = $9.45

Not bad for a family of 3 with leftovers for lunch! Plus, I went ahead & made up a 2nd Chicken Pot Pie for another night so I will save a trip to the grocery store, time & energy. Priceless! It took me a little longer to prepare than I would have preferred but since I have NO prep next time, I figured it is all worth it in the end. Another great thing about this recipe is that we usually have most of the ingredients on hand & we don't necessarily have to buy everything.

How did YOUR Chicken Pot Pie turn out? What did you do different? Would you make it again?

So, who has an idea for next week's Thursday night recipe? I need help!


  1. Hi, I made this recipe tonight. My Thursday work schedule doesn't really allow me to do much for dinner, so this was great. I put it together before work and then just had to pop it in the oven. I am not an adventurous (or very good, really) cook, so I didn't change much. I just left out the butter in the beginning and just cooked the onions in a little cooking spray. My hubby and daughter both really liked it, too, which is great! It is very hard, if not impossible, to find something everyone likes. This is a great idea, and I look forward to next week. In the meantime, I'll try to think of some ideas, too. :)

  2. I put one pie crust on the bottom. Then I cut up my chicken breasts into bite size pieces and microwave them til done-only takes a few minutes. Then I mix green beans, carrots and potatoes in a bowl and run a knife through them to cut them up, add a can of cream of chicken soup and the cooked chicken. Pour that mixture in the pan with the pie crust. Then top it with another pie crust. Bake at 375 until brown.

  3. Looks awesome. An easy recipe I created a little while ago and everyone loved it is a crock pot beef stroganoff. Of course it is not as amazing as the real deal, but I tell you. It came out pretty good.
    1 beef pot roast
    1 packet of beef Stroganoff powder mix
    4 cups of sliced bella mushrooms
    1 cup of beef stock

    1. Put all ingredients onto the crock pot on low for 7 hours
    2. Serve with egg noodles

    Now how simple could this be?

  4. This looks delicious! I love when all parts of the meal are together in one dish like that!

    I was reading your last few posts and I saw you asked about extra copies of The Shred or P90X. I know you can find the Shred on youtube. I am not sure about P90X. But, I did the Shred last summer and just got it from youtube!

    Good luck!

  5. I look forward to trying it "your way"...I love cresent rolls myself.

    Here is one to try this week...We are making it tonight...

    Frito Casserole