I’m a pretty low maintenance girl. If you take a second and explore this site, you’ll see that I like to make simple foods for my family.
My goals are quite simple as well: all I want is to recreate all of my family’s favorite dishes using only one pan (who needs more dishes piling up in the sink?), I want less than 15 minutes of prep and I don’t want to a spend a bunch of time in front the stove stirring and overseeing cooking. I want my meals to be full of fresh veggies and herbs and nutrient packed broths so that I can feel good about serving them to everyone in my family. Oh, and I want enough left over to freeze for another day.
That’s not too much to ask now, is it?
Pot pie is hands down one of our favorite dishes to eat in this family, but in cooking each individual element it can end up being quite time consuming and really require a lot of energy in front of the stove. If it were up to my kids we’d eat it every week, but I just don’t have the time.
It’s been a goal of mine to come up with a streamlined system for making pot pie in the crockpot (by far my favorite cooking method). And guess what?
I finally did it! This meal meets almost all of the criteria above.
So, you ready to jump in?
I was challenged by Simply Potatoes to bring you this easy, family friendly recipe. They’re trying to help make meal time easier for families—for me, that means crockpotting (seriously, ask my husband, I may be a little too in love with my crockpot!) If you want to see more ideas from them, check out Simply Potatoes Recipes or Simply Potatoes on Pinterest but be sure to read on to the bottom of the post for a chance to win a new crockpot for yourself!
Why Simply Potatoes? Their products are:
- Fresh, never frozen
- Easy to prepare and have on hand
- Made with real ingredients
To begin with, I used their potato + onion combo and mixed in a few of my favorite veggies. I did celery, carrots and garlic.
Then I put everything in the crockpot, added broth, and cooked it on low all day long.
Once it’s thoroughly cooked it’s so easy to just tear apart the chicken using a fork and add in the rest of the ingredients. What do you think, it looks like delicious pot pie filling, no?
Now the system isn’t entirely perfect yet: the caveat is that you’ll need to cook up a quick roux to thicken up your sauce. It’ll take you about 3 minutes and it can be done ahead of time or at the last minute—you see? this really is easy! It’s as simple as melting butter with equal parts flour. This will form a paste that you’ll mix into the broth later, creating that depth of flavor and thick texture that we all love. (The recipe below will explain precisely how we do this).
There’s one other thing that needs to be done outside of the crockpot, that beautiful golden puff pastry needs to be baked. If you buy store bought (which I do) then that’ll only take you a few minutes of hands on time and you can easily do this in the morning when you put the other ingredients in the crockpot—or do it right before serving.
Ready to win?
Want to recreate this recipe in your very own brand new crockpot? Then enter to win! All you have to do is check out this crockpot on Amazon, then leave a comment below and tell me your favorite easy, family-friendly meals to slow cook! For bonus points you can even share a link to your favorite Simply Potatoes recipe, which you can find here.