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 & poof....in 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!