Keto Chicken Pot Pie is our low-carb version of a blast from the past . . . it would be hard to find anyone who has not enjoyed a flaky-crusted chicken pot pie. Joanie and I both grew up on these. The delicious creamy gravy, rotisserie chicken breast, and veggies, baked in an aluminum foil tin – oh, the memories. But, the originals always had potatoes. We have eliminated the potatoes. We have also substituted for the wheat-flour based crust. But the taste of this “comfort food” is truly still classic and wonderful!
Eliminating the potatoes (you can add cauliflower as a substitute) is not the only issue to change the original recipe to Keto. As I noted above, the crust is traditionally a flaky-buttery mix with all purpose white flour, as the base ingredient. Joanie substitutes almond flour for this crust, with crumbly-butter pieces, a bit of cheddar cheese, and some Xanthan Gum for structure and elasticity.
There are a lot of ingredients in the filling. But, the recipe does come together fast. Joanie kept her choice of vegetables traditional. She tried to mirror the classic chicken pot pie recipes from the days of Betty Crocker. A mix of celery, carrot, onion, and the last minute addition of peas is traditional. Sometimes tradition is the best when dealing with an iconic recipe. You could also add green beans (most original recipes do have green beans), or as I mentioned, cauliflower as a potato substitute. To keep the carbs even lower, broccoli or zucchini would also be good substitutes for the carrots and peas.
Two keys spices to make this taste like the original are celery seed and poultry seasoning. They will both enhance the flavor of the Keto Chicken Pot Pie, so much. It makes the creamy pot pie even more savory. Joanie also adds thyme to elevate the savoriness of the recipe. But, this is still a good old American classic, so we make sure it contains simple spices. Joanie always adds poultry seasoning to her Thanksgiving Keto Cauliflower Sausage Stuffing. Any chicken gravy will also be better with poultry seasoning.
We do suggest using a good food processor for the recipe. Use that pulse button. You want to mix the butter and the almond flour together while maintaining a crumbly dough. You should see bits of cold butter and cheese in the crumbled dough. Joanie then removes the dough and forms it together by hand. You just want to form the dough together, without over-kneading. Keep the dough fairly cold, so it will handle better, especially after rolling the dough between the parchment paper. You want the dough to be about 1/4 inch thick to place over each pie tin. We used four Mini-Pie Tins (5 inch diameter).
We actually found the perfect tool for creating an even dough for the crust, and one that yields that essential round-shape. Since we were using 5 inch pie tins for this recipe, we decided to try our tortilla press instead of a traditional roller. I think we are on to something. We use our tortilla press a lot to form perfect almond flour tortillas, but it now serves a dual purpose. You can see from the instruction pictures above . . . it really works well.
A key tip –> allow the filling to cool down before assembling the dish. It will be thicker and allow for ease in smoothing the top when placed into the pie pan. Use a small rubber spatula or the back of a spoon to smooth the filling. As with any pie, a few vent slits on the top will allow steam to escape. A little egg wash will brown the crust nicely. Just, make sure it does not burn. You may wish to cover the top with foil part way through the baking process, or use Mini-Silicone Pie Shields around the edges.
The timing for cooking the vegetables is also important. Make sure the cut veggies are of similar size, and typically smaller cubes (1/4 inch) are a good idea for a pot pie. However, they will cook quickly and will be baked, as well. So, do not overdo sautéing the vegetables. The spices can be added after the veggies have softened and given off some of their liquid. That will ensure the flavor of the spices will permeate the filling. Adjust the Xanthan Gum for the desired thickening.
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Keto Chicken Pot Pie – Creamy Filling with Chicken and Veggies – Surrounded by a Flaky Crust
Keto Chicken Pot Pie is truly an American Classic. You may also want to try another American Classic that we just love -> Keto Chopped Steak with Mushroom Gravy. Together, these two recipes bring back a lot of memories of our youth. Both are delicious! So, if you are looking for a creamy filled flaky-crusted masterpiece that is low in carbs, try our Keto Chicken Pot Pie. It is definitely Tasty Low Carb!
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