These Mini Chicken Pot Pies in a Jar are an easy way to add some fun to dinnertime or your next party.
I’ve cooked chicken pot pie so many times since becoming a mom 23 years ago. The family loves it, but it’s fun to change things up and chicken pot pie is no exception. My kids have taken a love to having desserts in jars, but why not a dinner? One of the important aspect of these mini chicken pot pies in a jar is that I wanted them to be easy. My usual chicken pot pie is a lot of prep: peeling and slicing carrots, cutting potatoes and onions…and then there’s the crust too. I didn’t want these to be complicated because I love easy meals and I know all of you do too. These are great for parties too. Rather than making homemade crust or even dealing with a prepared pie crust, I decide to do something different. These mini chicken pot pies in a jar use Kraft Fresh Taste, which is a seasoned breadcrumb and cheese mixture, to give it the “crust” on both the top and bottom. Not only did this save a lot of time, but it added a lot of great flavor to my chicken pot pies because I used the Rosemary & Roasted Garlic flavor.
You can find the Kraft Fresh Taste in the dairy/cheese section at Walmart (it was hanging on the pegs with the shredded cheeses). Before you go, be sure to print out the $1 off Kraft Fresh Take coupon at http://coupons.walmart.com/ – this makes it an even better deal and give you the perfect opportunity to try it out. Check out my shopping trip at Walmart to see photos of where I found it and more.
One of my favorite things about the Kraft Fresh Take is that you can bread chicken (or pork or fish) right in the bag. They package it so the cheese and the breadcrumbs stay separate, but when you open it, you pull apart the center seal which makes one larger area for mixing them up together. Then you can coat your chicken and when you are done, throw the bag again. I love quick clean ups!
To make the chicken pot pies, you open the bag, as I motioned, and mix up the cheese and bread crumbs. Then, a small amount is placed in the bottom of eight 4 ounce canning jars that have been greased.
Then you need your filling. To fill 8 of these small canning jars, you will need about 3 cups of filling (before adding the sauce). I used 1 cup of chopped chicken, 1 cup of frozen peas & carrot combo, and 1 cup of hash brown potatoes. If you
You make a homemade gravy (sauce) with just a few ingredients and this is mixed into the chicken/vegetable mixture. Then, the cups are filled with the mixture.
Finally, the tops are finished off with the remaining Kraft Fresh Take bread crumbs/cheese mixture and then into the oven it goes!
When they are finished, the breadcrumbs and cheese have combined to make a crunchy, flavorful topping. My kids raved about these — and I did hear my son say that if he could, he would marry it, so I think that must be a good sign.
Here is my complete recipe, ready for you to print or save to your ZipList:
- 1 package Kraft Fresh Take Rosemary & Roasted Garlic
- 1 cup chicken, cooked and shredded
- 1 cup frozen peas & carrots
- 1 cup frozen hash brown potato cubes
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease canning jars and place on baking sheet. Mix Kraft Fresh Take breadcrumbs and cheese according to package instructions. Place approximately 1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs into the bottom of each canning jar.
- In a medium size bowl, combine peas/carrots, potatoes, and chicken. Heat mixture in the microwave, so items are partially (but not complete) defrosted.
- In a medium saucepan, met butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour until well blended. Whisk in salt and pepper and continue whisking constantly and cooking the mixture for about 2-3 minutes. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and milk and whisk until smooth and thickened. Taste sauce and if necessary, you can stir in more salt and/or pepper. Gently stir mixture into chicken/vegetable mixture.
- Divide chicken mixture into jars evenly (I scooped a 1/4 cup first into each jar and then divided the remaining). Top chicken mixture in each jar with the remaining Kraft Fresh Take breadcrumbs and cheese.
- Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
--You will want a total of 3 cups of chicken or vegetables for your filling. The recipe shares how much I used of each, but you can substitute as you wish. For example, if you want double the chicken or if you want only chicken and vegetable and no potatoes. The key is to not have more than 3 cups total.
--I used 4 oz canning jars. I purchased mine at Walmart, but many stores that sell canning supplies offer this small size.