Frugal Foodie Mama: Creamy Parmesan Basil Chicken Pot Pie

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Creamy Parmesan Basil Chicken Pot Pie

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You probably all think that the family of a food blogger eats something new and exciting every day of the week, don't you?  To be honest, we have a handful of tried and true recipes that are my go-to's week in and week out. Recipes that are no-brainers for me & that I know my family will not complain about, more or less.

But even food bloggers run into weeknight dinner ruts.  
In fact, I was in the midst of one just a week or so ago.  I failed to do my usual weekly meal plan just because I felt totally uninspired and unmotivated. 
I was winging it from one evening to the next- which I should mention that I loathe- but I just couldn't sit down and write out a menu for the week.  And all my usual go-to's just sound so, well... usual (aka, boring.)

Thank goodness for the Progresso Recipe Starters I happened to have in my pantry that week! I just needed a few ingredients, one of their tasty recipe starter sauces, and around 30 minutes to come up with a dinner idea that my family would love and that wouldn't bore my socks off.

Chicken pot pie is a family favorite, am I right?
But let's be honest... it can sometimes be a tad boring.
I decided to give the traditional chicken pot pie that my family typically enjoys an Italian kick using the Creamy Parmesan Basil Progresso Recipe Starter.  Italian style frozen veggies and pre-cooked chicken are mixed into a creamy Parmesan basil sauce & baked inside a flaky, Parmesan crusted pie crust (I used refrigerated pie crusts to make this meal even easier!)...
Creamy Parmesan Basil Chicken Pot Pie

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
Ingredients (6-8 servings)
  • 15oz package of refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 pouch of Progresso Recipe Starters in Creamy Basil Parmesan
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 12oz package of frozen Italian style mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Set out your pie crusts to come to room temperature (or use the microwave trick you will find on the box). Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 9 inch pie plate with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, combine the contents of the Creamy Parmesan Basil Progresso Recipe Starter pouch, the cooked chicken, and the frozen veggies. Heat over medium-high heat until the veggies are heated through, stirring often.
In a small bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and cornstarch until smooth. Add this to the mixture in the saucepan and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until thickened.

Place one of the pie crusts into the bottom of the prepared pie plate. Pour in the Creamy Parmesan Basil/chicken filling. Place the other pie crust over top, and crimp together along the edges. Using a fork, prick a few openings in the top crust. Place the pie plate on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Take the pie out of the oven and brush the top crust with the melted butter. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese evenly over top. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.

Let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
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The Creamy Parmesan Basil Sauce instantly brought this chicken pot pie to the status of a new family favorite.  I loved the freshness that the basil brought to the entire dish!
Not only was this dish busy weeknight friendly, but it livened up our weekly menu plan and gave me the kick in the kitchen that I needed to get inspired again. ;)

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Progresso Recipe Starters come in 5 delicious flavors that you can try at home today- Creamy Parmesan Basil, Creamy Portabella Mushroom, Creamy Roasted Garlic, Creamy Three Cheese, & Fire Roasted Tomato! Which one will you be trying first? :)

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