Make-ahead Broccoli and Chicken Pot Pie! Steps to freeze and bake later!
A dinner pie, or meat pie, has been one of those dinner ideas that have been around forever. There are several ways to make pot pie for dinner for your family, and I’ve honestly tried most of them. I call this version Broccoli Chicken Pot Pie, and it’s pretty amazing. You could really add a variety of veggies to chicken pot pie, but broccoli makes a filling and nutritiously dense addition.
Our favorite fillings for pot pie
Our favorite filling for pot pie is chicken. Not only does it taste great with sauce, vegetables, and a crust, but I always seem to have chicken on hand. You could use leftover chicken or cook it before you fill your pie. Either way, chicken pot pie is what I generally make most often. The rest of the ingredients are swapped out for whatever is on season or whatever chicken pot pie we’re in the mood for. Some other favorites people like include:
- Chicken with peas and carrots
- Ground beef with peas and carrots
- Beef steaks with potatoes and carrots
- Beef with mushroom
- Taco meat with salsa!
- Butternut squash with herbs and spices
- Chicken and zucchini
- Shepherds pie with ground beef
- (and for fun, check out this baby’s first pot pie!)
How to make and freeze chicken pot pie
One reason we love to make chicken pot pie is it’s just as easy to make multiple pies. You can freeze one and cook one that night. You could also give it to a friend or neighbor as a dinner for them to use in the future (like when they are having a baby or moving). To freeze your chicken pot pie:
- Make the filling for the chicken pot pie.
- Cool filling in the fridge before assembling.
- Make the crust for the chicken pot pie.
- Assemble pie into a pie plate.
- Cover the pie completely with foil or freezer safe paper.
- Place entire pie in a 2 gallon freezer safe bag if you want to keep it for 3-4 months without freezer burn. Yes, they have 2 gallon size bags, which are perfect for pies!
How to reheat chicken pot pie
When you are ready to make and eat your chicken pot pie, no need to defrost! Simply bake at the regular temperature your chicken pot pie is intended for and add 20 minutes to the baking time. If you are gifting your pie, print the recipe for them and place it inside the 2 gallon bag.
If you chose to cook the entire pie before freezing, you can decrease the cooking time to just reheat it. However, in my experience, the crust tastes better when it only goes through the oven once. And when you are re-heating it from frozen, it takes so long anyway, you might as well just cook the whole pie! So, next time you make this chicken pot pie with broccoli, make two and freeze the second! Let us know what your family thinks of it!