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Fat Cat Jul 1, 2004 07:21 PM

Got a craving.

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    Win (Boston) RE: Fat Cat Jul 1, 2004 07:43 PM

    Petsi, but it's fresh, not frozen.

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      Karl S. RE: Win (Boston) Jul 1, 2004 08:08 PM

      I assume the OP was referring to stuff available in supermarkets around the country, as this is the General Topics board....

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        Fat Cat RE: Karl S. Jul 1, 2004 08:14 PM

        That is correct.

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          leesh RE: Fat Cat Jul 1, 2004 08:51 PM

          marie calendars - i grew up on stoffers frozen pot pies - yeech! marie calendars are tasty, lots of flavor inside, flaky crust outside, for frozen grocery store pot pies that is. but watch out - super high calorie, fat and sodium content. i mean really high...

          ciao

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            Donna - MI RE: leesh Jul 1, 2004 09:08 PM

            We like Marie Callendar's chicken pot pie -also Pepperidge Farm is very good. D.

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              sireatsalot RE: Donna - MI Jul 2, 2004 08:10 AM

              I second pepperidge farm, right out of the micro
              it comes out amazingly crispy

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              Elyssa RE: leesh Apr 25, 2007 01:41 PM

              Marie Calendars is very good....it costs a little more then a stouffers but you can taste the difference

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                mamachef RE: leesh Nov 25, 2010 09:51 AM

                Isn't that the whole point of chicken pot pie? Ummmmm. Yep, I piggyback on Marie's version therein. Good stuff for depression, and even better on a great day.

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          torta basilica RE: Fat Cat Jul 1, 2004 08:41 PM

          MArie Callendar's is one of my favorite comfort foods - don't know if it's the best, tho!

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            Dipsy RE: Fat Cat Jul 1, 2004 09:58 PM

            If you live near a Whole Foods, you can buy their excellent chicken pot pies in the refrigerated section. Take a few home and freeze them, then cook when the craving hits.

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              Angie D RE: Fat Cat Jul 2, 2004 12:26 AM

              A few years ago, you could get Mrs. Budd's chicken pies from the fresh meat counter, but I haven't been able to find them in a very long time.

              Marie Callendar's are okay, but they leave a metallic flavor in my mouth.

              Pepperidge Farms aren't bad.

              Stouffer's place is in the garbage disposal.

              Claim Jumper's puts out a nice, meaty pie, but I'm not sure if they're available in your area.

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                The Rogue RE: Angie D Jul 2, 2004 05:00 AM

                I think Mrs. Budds fresh chicken pies are the best. They have the two types of chicken, in two sizes, in my local markets. Right in the chicken section of the meat aisle. I like the chicken with fancy vegetables best.

                I did a tasting of a few frozen pies last month. Should have posted. I didn't care for any of the ones I tried.

                Marie Callendar's were bitter tasting.

                Pepperidge Farms were flavorless and artificial tasting.

                Stouffer's were artificial tasting.

                I was so disapointed with those three that I still have 3 more types buried in the back of my freezer.

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                  bk RE: The Rogue Jul 2, 2004 04:57 PM

                  Given a previous post - do these fresh pies have a bottom crust?

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                    Angie D RE: bk Jul 12, 2004 12:22 AM

                    As I recall, Mrs. Budd's didn't have a bottom, but then again I haven't had the pleasure of devouring a slice in awhile. ;)

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                    mamachef RE: The Rogue Nov 25, 2010 09:52 AM

                    Well, come the apocalypse, you'll be all. set. : )

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                  Taralli RE: Fat Cat Jul 2, 2004 12:58 PM

                  I'm going to be really irreverent here, but I still like Swanson's chix or turkey pot pies. They're just the right size on the small side. Of course, after nuking one, I add fresh squeezed lemon juice, hot sauce or dry sherry depending on my whim of the moment.

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                    katkoupai RE: Taralli May 6, 2007 09:23 PM

                    I grew up eating Swanson's chicken pot pies (and the other kinds they made). They hold a special place in my heart. I have not looked for them, recently.

                    I have tried the Marie Callender's variety, as well. They are okay, possibly better than Swanson's, but they don't hold the same sentimental value. :)

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                    dude RE: Fat Cat Jul 2, 2004 01:25 PM

                    A craving? Not a jonesing? I know this place in Amsterdam...

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                      joypirate RE: Fat Cat Jul 2, 2004 03:13 PM

                      I too have strong opinions on this matter. I'm with Taralli on Swanson's. Having been raised on it, I've come to make an unpopular assumption; chicken pot pies MUST have crust on the bottom, as well as the top.

                      My former roommate also grew up a Swanson's fan so we'd occasionally grab a few, make some mashed potatoes w/garlic & sour cream, grab some heavy winter beers, and commit ourselves to immovably lying on the sofa. Now, we were at Whole Foods (actually Bread & Circus at the time) and saw their Chicken pot pie which cost $7 or so. Wow, we thought. If Swanson, which we love, costs $1-$2, these must be REALLY good. Well, we went to eat it and to our chagrin there was no bottom crust. It was fine, but come on, no bottom crust? We happen to have a friend who works in the PR department of Whole Foods, so at our next party we teamed up on him in a fit of beer-addled rage. Our otherwise gentle friend shot into a tirade stating that the lack of bottom crust is directly related to its freshness and due to it never being frozen. The spittle flying out of his mouth was certainly indicative of someone who has answered this question a millions times in his work day. To keep it in the refrigerated section w/a bottom crust would sogg-ify the crust, apparently.

                      Moving on, I was watching the Phantom Chef in Boston (basically a show that aspires for the kind of truly anonymous, unbiased reviews that Chowhound has) and they had a commercial for Harrows Chicken Pies, apparently the best chicken pot pies in the universe or some such hyperbole. Well, boy did the then future Mrs. Joypirate get yelled at because this place was literally 3 BLOCKS from her parent's house in the city of Reading. The conversation went something like, "You know I LOVE pot pies, and EVERY WEEK we drive DIRECTLY by THE BEST makers of CHICKEN POT PIES IN THE UNIVERSE and you NEGLECT to tell me!!!!" Well, so I tried them, not the best in the universe, and again, no bottom crust as they are fresh. They do, however, have a function room, and I threatened to throw our upcoming rehearsal dinner there ordering up 40 chicken pot pies, courtesy of the groom's side.

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                        Bobfrmia RE: joypirate Mar 5, 2007 04:31 PM

                        If you can make a fresh apple, or anything else, pie with a bottom crust, why not a pot pie?
                        Anyway, a good crust, even soggy, is better than no crust at all.

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                          LA Buckeye Fan RE: joypirate Nov 6, 2008 10:09 AM

                          Swansons. And I add salt. I need a salt lick.

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                            mamachef RE: joypirate Nov 25, 2010 09:54 AM

                            The contrast between that baked-but-soggy bottom crust and the crunchy top crust is what totally makes a chicken pot pie.

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                            bk RE: Fat Cat Jul 2, 2004 05:00 PM

                            I noticed most posts commenton chicken pot pies.

                            Can anyone reccommend a beef pot pie? They seem to be few and far between these days.

                            Alternatively, maybe a decent canned beef stew that I can dump in pie crust?

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                              Honeychan RE: bk May 6, 2007 09:13 PM

                              I, too,am looking for a better beef pot pie than the Swansons/Banquet offerings at the average market. Swansons will work in a cravings pinch, but I can't stand Banquet's pot pies. I look forwards to any suggestions!

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                                mojoeater RE: Honeychan May 6, 2007 09:19 PM

                                Go for Marie Callendar's or Boston Market, in that order.

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                              Funwithfood RE: Fat Cat Jul 3, 2004 11:12 AM

                              1.)Lynn's Bin (Cambria--they might ship). The best I have tasted.

                              2.)Julienne in San Marino has them in the freezer. Most of their food is great, so they will probably be very tasty (albeit a bit pricey).

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                                mojoeater RE: Fat Cat Mar 5, 2007 10:33 AM

                                Marie Callendar has all sorts of pot pies in your grocer's freezer. I love the chicken, and yes it has a bottom crust. What's the point without?

                                I've tried the 'gourmet' pot pies from Whole Food and TJs. Disappointing. When you're looking for a pot pie, you want the traditional buttery crust and somewhat salty insides. Don't skimp on the calories!

                                1. marmite RE: Fat Cat Mar 5, 2007 11:00 AM

                                  Amy's Broccoli Pot Pie. Used to buy 'em by the case (when I had a big freezer).

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                                    enbell RE: marmite May 6, 2007 09:36 PM

                                    Agree. Her shepherd's pie is also quite tasty.

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                                    jessicheese RE: Fat Cat Mar 7, 2007 11:10 AM

                                    I haven't seen them in a while, and will be heartbroken if it's been discontinued, but I always try to keep a few Trader Joe's frozen chicken pot pies on hand.

                                    Crispy crust, even in the microwave, with a touch of black pepper, white meat chicken, and good amount of vegetables. Yum.

                                    And you're killing me here.... I actually had a pot pie craving yesterday that went unanswered and will now be forced to make a stop on the way home =)

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                                      thecelt2 RE: jessicheese Nov 25, 2010 07:05 AM

                                      Hi Jess. No they have not been discontinued. I work for TJs, and the pies continue to be a big seller, which equals them staying in the freezers. We are also carrying a fresh, not frozen chicken pot pie now. It's a bit more gourmet, as it also has sliced mushrooms, and large pieces of chicken that looks as if it was hand pulled off the bones. Oh, and there is no bottom crust..

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                                        ChowFun_derek RE: thecelt2 Nov 26, 2010 12:46 PM

                                        I really like the fresh chicken pot pie at TJ's..a LOT of meat..flakey crust mushrooms and a creamy sauce.....

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                                          jessicheese RE: ChowFun_derek Nov 30, 2010 07:12 AM

                                          Thanks guys! I'll have to check out the fresh one, too. I've also learned to make my own in the past year or two, but I still like to keep some stocked for "emergencies".

                                          PS- love the name, Derek! ChowFun is on my favorite food list, too:)

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                                        hvnbndw RE: jessicheese Oct 22, 2012 04:56 PM

                                        Just tried Trader Joe's chicken pot pie yesterday. Yuck! It tasted like peas. Nothing but peas. I thought of giving it to my cat since she likes peas. Someone should open a retaurant that makes just pot pies. There was one in Bellflower, CA but it went out of business a few years ago. You could buy 4 pies for $10.00 to take home. Like Marie Callender's but, had a reaction to too much salt, even though it tasted great!

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                                        KRS RE: Fat Cat Mar 7, 2007 04:16 PM

                                        Fairway, at least in Red Hook, has the ultimate: frozen shepherd's pie, in several versions. They're big, very satisfying and well flavored.

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                                          mymymichl RE: Fat Cat Mar 8, 2007 04:39 PM

                                          Nobody does. Okay, well I never tasted a single one that wasn't too sparing on chicken, or which used the delicious, juicy dark meat. Pot pie is mood food, and needs to be mouth filling, rich, and loaded with thick chickeny sauce. The guys who make those TV ads showing a product you will never see when you bring it home from the grocery freezer. Just like the burgers which only exist in ad agency photos: they ain't real.

                                          1. RShea78 RE: Fat Cat Mar 8, 2007 04:55 PM

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                                            I've been a Banquet fan for many years till they absolutely ruined them with the microwavable crust. Currently I am stuck on Great Value, a Walmart brand.

                                            Other brands are a turnoff of either not having a full crust, or not using the right crust. (mash potato crust) Another turnoff is an excessive amount peas in the other brands.

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                                              ChowFun_derek RE: RShea78 Mar 8, 2007 05:42 PM

                                              Has anyone tried the potpies at a Boston Market? (I mean the national chain..chicken place) Can they be taken out frozen???

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                                                RShea78 RE: ChowFun_derek Mar 13, 2007 03:41 AM

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                                                Boston Market does have some meals available in the grocers freezer, however I haven't any MPP.

                                                Now, are you are referring to the Boston Market Restaurant? Those are only a top crust pie of which I feel isn't a full fledge pot pie as it is kind of a cheat. Anyone that can make a pastry crust cookie and slap it on the top of some diced meat, potatoes, and gravy. The all in one, full crusted MPP, is a work of art as long as it comes out right. (Golden brown crust. Inside should have, the gravy at the right consistency, with a good balance of meat and potatoes) ((I hate peas))

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                                                  Mellicita RE: RShea78 May 2, 2008 11:27 PM

                                                  The take-out (made fresh) Boston market pot pies are pretty good. They include fresh chicken meat, fresh carrots and potatoes. The gravy is tasty, although its not homemade, so it has that "manufactured" quality to it. Yes its a "Cheat" with no bottom crust, but I would prefer it over any of the frozen pot pies available.

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                                                Alicat24 RE: RShea78 May 15, 2009 12:35 PM

                                                I'm glad someone else admitted to liking Banquet, hey it's what I grew up on. I SO TOTALLY AGREE that they absolutely ruined them when they changed the crust and pan to be microwavable. Boo hiss! I've tried taking them, putting them in a foil pan and baking but they just aren't the same, the crust doesn't crisp up right.

                                                It's probably false nostalgic memories but it seems now they are mostly gravy with 3 piece's of chicken, four peas, three potato chunks and twenty little chips of carrot. Oh well, there are better foods to spend my calories on.

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                                                  RShea78 RE: Alicat24 May 15, 2009 10:30 PM

                                                  >>...hey it's what I grew up on.<<

                                                  LOL!!! As a youth my dad would phone the local store when they ran their specials to get 2 or 3 cases of them. If his timing was right they would even discount them each a nickel as so he only paid 15 cents a piece.

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                                                    Alicat24 RE: RShea78 May 17, 2009 09:28 PM

                                                    Now that's dedication! We didn't get them very often, which made them a treat (we had ebbs and flows when my parent's had to rely on welfare periodically).

                                                    Ironically, I found ears of corn for .15 cents a piece at Meijer's today!

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                                                      RShea78 RE: Alicat24 May 19, 2009 09:27 PM

                                                      >>Ironically, I found ears of corn for .15 cents a piece at Meijer's today!<<

                                                      Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately) we once grew several acres of sweet corn. Perhaps the most unfortunate part was spoilage due to lack of either canning jars. freezer room, or sheer physical exhaustion of way too much sweet corn to work with.

                                                      15 Cents... I consider that to be a rip off as store bought'in corn tastes like that of early field corn. I mean that once you have had home grown sweet corn you would never buy the mystery corn that the local grocery stores carry.

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                                                        Alicat24 RE: RShea78 May 21, 2009 08:25 AM

                                                        You're right that grocery corn pales in comparison. Unfortunately it's quite a trek for me to find any roadside stands and I can rarely make it to our farmer's market. I guess I'd rather have mediocre fresh than frozen!

                                                        This year is my first stab at growing corn myself, "Honey 'n Pearl" from Gurney's. I'm not getting my hopes up but if I'm sucessful I'll be a happy woman!

                                              3. welle RE: Fat Cat Mar 13, 2007 09:19 AM

                                                I don't know if they would do mail order, but the aussie pies at Tuck Shop in NYC are delish - guinnes steak, aussie beef, thai chicken and lamb shank. They sell them frozen to take home. http://www.tuckshopnyc.com/baking.php

                                                1. DanaB RE: Fat Cat Apr 25, 2007 01:41 PM

                                                  I know the original poster asked for frozen pot pies, but I just had to throw out there that I recently tried the turkey pot pie from KooKooRoo and it was very tasty. They have both chicken pies and turkey pies for take out.

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                                                    meeeee RE: Fat Cat Sep 10, 2007 12:59 AM

                                                    Petersons Aussie chicken pot pies...THE BEST...But I can not find anymore. Anybody heard of them also?

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                                                      leeloopy RE: meeeee Sep 25, 2008 01:11 PM

                                                      OMG!!! I loved those!! We used to eat them by the truckload from Costco...but when they stopped carrying them, we couldn't find them anywhere! Has anyone else found them?

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                                                        kanile RE: meeeee Oct 12, 2008 06:49 PM

                                                        I loved those too. They had them at BJ's in Boston a few years back, but I can't find them at Costco on the west coast. This website lists them as out of stock, don't know if that's permanent:
                                                        http://www.theflyingpig.com/tfp/list....

                                                      2. Gingerleen RE: Fat Cat Sep 10, 2007 04:10 PM

                                                        Costco has a lovely very large chicken pot pie with a top AND bottom crust. Lots of big pieces of chicken breast and veggies. The crust is to die for, buttery and very filling.

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                                                          othervoice RE: Gingerleen Nov 6, 2008 04:27 PM

                                                          I was surprised it took this long to hear from a Costco person. Their CPP is so good, very fresh and loaded. I've had them on both sides of the country, so most Costco's should have them. One pie with a couple of sides will feed a small family.

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                                                          hmmmnice RE: Fat Cat May 2, 2008 10:37 AM

                                                          I just had a Marie Calllendar - I didn't think it was that good. Perhaps it was in the microwave too long. The pot pie that I find the best is Boston Market Pot Pie. I only tried the chicken, but I think it's really, really good for a frozen pie.

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                                                            dagwood RE: Fat Cat May 2, 2008 12:25 PM

                                                            Boston Market. Yum.

                                                            Now I have a craving too.....

                                                            1. ChrisOC RE: Fat Cat May 3, 2008 08:49 AM

                                                              When I was a kid, I used to love frozen tuna pies. I don't remember the brand but I haven't seen those in years. I guess they don't make them anymore

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                                                                Telders RE: ChrisOC May 25, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                                I believe it was Swanson's who made these tuna pot pies back in the '50s and '60s, So many great products from those days got discontinued, including my favorite Wispride Garlic Cheddar, which was delicious to spread on crackers.

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                                                                Muskrat RE: Fat Cat May 3, 2008 09:19 AM

                                                                Marie Callendar makes a seasoned turkey pie (also a "regular" one), that I like quite a bit. The small ones, not the two-portion size. And on the regular chicken and turkey, I add some garlic salt and butter to boost the sodium and caloric levels.

                                                                1. coney with everything RE: Fat Cat Sep 26, 2008 05:36 AM

                                                                  I like PF, but good golly! The calorie count is scary (and the "serving size" is only HALF a pie!

                                                                  My easy make your own is rotisserie chicken plus whatever veggies and chicken gravy (either packaged or make stock from the chicken bones and thicken), then put in the pie pan with a top crust of Trader Joe's puff pastry. Damn good stuff!

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                                                                    MysticYoYo RE: coney with everything Oct 12, 2008 07:13 PM

                                                                    It's not frozen, but I have friends who rave about the chicken pot pie at KFC. I've never tried it but a colleague had one for lunch this past winter and it had a flaky crust, big chunks of chicken and brightly colored peas and large carrot rounds. it looked good. Maybe I'll try one this winter. It's definitely cold weather comfort food.

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                                                                      RealMenJulienne RE: MysticYoYo Oct 13, 2008 08:40 AM

                                                                      Your colleagues are correct about the KFC pot pie. It really is delicious, the vegetables taste fresh and the chicken pieces look like they are pulled off the bone, not cubed in a machine. The only quibble is that it is too salty but that is probably unavoidable in fast food.

                                                                      For frozen, Marie Callendar's is probably the best. Never buy Hungry Man... they are almost all sauce on the inside with very little actual chicken.

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                                                                        RShea78 RE: RealMenJulienne Nov 6, 2008 01:24 AM

                                                                        ""The only quibble is that it is too salty but that is probably unavoidable in fast food.""

                                                                        You may ask for the product declaration for sodium content as well as if MSG is used.

                                                                        According to KFC website the sodium content is 2160mg but how much or if MSG is used should be looked into as I suspect there is lots of it. MSG is IMHO, very hazardous to one's health.

                                                                        http://www.kfcplainfield.com/potpie.html

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                                                                        KaimukiMan RE: MysticYoYo May 15, 2009 07:26 PM

                                                                        KFC no longer has the Chicken Pot Pies, at least here in Honolulu.... so sad

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                                                                      ducdebrabant RE: Fat Cat May 14, 2009 09:05 PM

                                                                      I haven't tried them yet, but a friend recommends the ones from Whole Foods (their own brand). They're small (for the price, I expected something the size of a Mrs. Budd's) so I didn't buy them the last time I was there, but she insists they're so rich that a small one is enough. I'd be happy if I could still find the Mrs. Budd's refrigerated gourmet ones (I never liked the peas in other brands, and Budd's substitutes broccoli), but I haven't been able to find them in ages.

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                                                                        Sean RE: ducdebrabant May 15, 2009 07:21 AM

                                                                        Boston Market pot pies from the freezer are very good, the crust gets flaky in the microwave and LOTS of chicken

                                                                        Locally (RI, MA) we have Willow Tree Farms frozen chicken pies that are exceptionally good...

                                                                      2. Boccone Dolce RE: Fat Cat May 15, 2009 03:00 PM

                                                                        My Grandma lived in perfect mental and almost perfect physical health until just 3 months shy of her 100th birthday. She would walk to KFC and buy 4 or 5 of their pot pies once a week in her late 80's. (Miss you grammy!) I have never tried them, but she raved about them. My guess is they are easy to eat if you don't have good teeth.
                                                                        I purchased frozen Marie Callender's pot pies once when they were practically free after coupons on sale. It was HUGE and kind of sickened me when I read the nutritional info on the box. Husband ate until he had to go lay down.

                                                                        1. al b. darned RE: Fat Cat May 16, 2009 12:26 AM

                                                                          I'm partial to Mrs. Budd's when I can get them. If I get desperate I can order them on line.
                                                                          http://buddfoods.com/index.html

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                                                                            Lenox637 RE: Fat Cat May 21, 2009 08:32 AM

                                                                            Otis Poultry Farm, Otis, Massachusetts.

                                                                            1. bnamoore RE: Fat Cat Jun 9, 2009 01:19 PM

                                                                              Costco has a great pie (technically a "slab pie") but it is by Martha Stewart. Great taste. Super high in calories and fat, but it beats any others I have had. Its basically just a pot pie without the pie plate/tin/pan.

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                                                                                Bob W RE: bnamoore Jun 9, 2009 01:46 PM

                                                                                Thanks for posting that -- I just bought a package of those slab pies. While high in calories and fat, they look to be much lower in sodium than the chicken pot pies (Marie Callender's, maybe?) that Costco also sells.

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                                                                                Vin Moi RE: Fat Cat Jun 9, 2009 04:42 PM

                                                                                Marie Calenders for sure. There are two different sizes. There is a small one, and then there are some that you can split with 2 people. Yum...

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                                                                                  gumby555 RE: Vin Moi Sep 22, 2010 08:43 AM

                                                                                  Stouffers came in first, Boston Market my favorite was 3rd, and Marie Calender was 6th in this taste test

                                                                                  http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/produ...

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                                                                                  SherBel RE: Fat Cat Nov 25, 2010 09:50 AM

                                                                                  I adore a good chicken pot pie; I would choose Marie Callendar, as the best supermarket pie, hands down. It kills me that they're not available in Canada. Stouffer's is a dim second-best.

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                                                                                    takadi RE: Fat Cat Oct 21, 2012 09:17 AM

                                                                                    Martha Stewart's slab pies are by far the best pies ever made, bar none. Half the calories are fat so that's why I suspect it to be so good. They are difficult to find though. The only pies that have that "thyme" taste in it. Second place goes to Marie Calendar, especially the portobello mushroom chicken pies. Though I feel they have decreased in quality over the years.

                                                                                    1. DonShirer RE: Fat Cat Oct 24, 2012 04:11 PM

                                                                                      You might try looking in local specialty food shops. In a cheese shop here in CT we found an excellent frozen Turkey PP by Summer Hill Catering that had a better (double) crust than any supermarket brand we've tried. (And if you have to go with the grocery brands, Marie Callender's is acceptable.)

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                                                                                        lastZZ RE: Fat Cat May 25, 2014 05:55 PM

                                                                                        Marie Callanders is a about as good as it gets and it is only average. I buy one a few times a year. Much much better is the chicken pot pie soup served with a biscuit at Sweet Tomatoes buffet restaurant. It is in their soup rotation.

                                                                                        Dark meat chicken or turkey pie is what I really need. With say 25% white meat. Then little pearl onions in it. Those Marie Calendar pies need to be modded at home.

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                                                                                          smartie RE: Fat Cat May 26, 2014 05:26 AM

                                                                                          If you want calories and a tasty CPP with fresh carrots and potatoes try the Cheesecake Factory's chicken and biscuits. The portion is enough for about 3 meals but it's damn good.

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