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Best Frozen Chicken Pot Pie

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Now and again I crave a good frozen chicken pot pie. Over the weekend I made a Marie Callendar (?) Chicken pot pie which was delicious. However, it was light on the chicken and vegetables and heavy on the sauce.

Anyone know of a superb pot pie with lots of chicken and vegetables and nice crust?

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  1. Trader Joe's froken chicken pot pie (and their turkey pot pie) are both delicious. Chicken pot pie has a white gravy and the turkey has brown.

    Mr. Taster

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    1. re: Mr. Taster

      This is not frozen but have you tried the KFC pot pie? I hate to admit it but it is the only food I buy there. Nice sauce and a lot of white chicken with a good crust. I much prefer it to the fresh Boston Market pie.

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        TrishUntrapped

        I second KFC. It's only sold here in CT in winter months.

        1. re: TrishUntrapped

          I can't believe that somehow KFC is in the same thread as Trader Joe's

          Mr. Taster

          1. re: Mr. Taster

            I love that about this site :0)

            1. re: chowmeow

              If you want a 100% chicken pie, no vegetables at all, and you aren't a cook, do this: 1) Buy a rotisseried chicken at the supermarket and take all the meat off it. 2) Put meat in a baking dish. 3) Mix up a couple of jars or cans of chicken gravy with a can of Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup and enough water or milk to make the consistency of thin gravy. Pour this over the chicken and stir around. 4) Buy a Pillsbury pie crust (they come rolled up and all you do is let one go to room temperature then it will unroll easily). Lay it over the dish and sort of tuck the edges down tight against the edges of the dish. Prick a few holes in the top with a fork. 5) Bake at 350* for 45 minutes or so until the crust is golden brownish and you judge the internal parts of the pie to be hot. (Or, buy a can of any of the biscuits that come refrigerated and lay them on top of the chicken instead of pie crust.)

              1. re: N Tocus

                Thanks, Sandra Lee!!

                Mr. Taster

                1. re: N Tocus

                  That sounds like a $15 to $20.00 pie and will take at least an hour to cook. KFC is a few bucks are ready to eat. Gravy from a can? This is Chowhound, we make gravy from the drippings in the takeout chicken box.

                  1. re: Just Larry

                    "This is Chowhound, we make gravy from the drippings in the takeout chicken box."

                    THAT is worthy of Chow Immortality!

          2. re: twodales

            FWIW there's a one-page color KFC flyer in the local "Pennysaver" type giveaway (Newsday Marketeer)with a coupon for a KFC "Chunky Chicken Pot Pie" and a medium drink for $3.29. Good through 2/13/05. (I wonder what the regular price for this is?)

            I might actually try one of these, based on the above recommendation. I haven't had anything from KFC in oh, about 30 years or so. Back when it was still called Kentucky Fried Chicken.

            And I just checked the nutritional info at the KFC website for this pot pie. Pretty scary, but probably typical for a pot pie, and for a fast food entree.

            770 calories, 40g fat, 15g saturated fat, 115mg cholesterol, 1680mg sodium

            Link: http://www.kfc.com/kitchen/nutrition.htm

          3. re: Mr. Taster

            Intrigued by Trader Joes Pot Pie, I decided to head down to the Acton, MA location (real close to my home) last night to pick one up..

            Turns out they currently aren't stocking it -- their negotiating with their supplier or something -- but said that it would indeed be back. He couldn't give me a time though -_-. I was all fired up to try Trader Joes Pot Pie.

            1. re: Kamaji

              The guy at my Trader Joes says they're "reformulating" the recipe so they're completely out of stock for now.

          4. I really, really like Boston Market's chicken pot pie, probably because it has a crust made with lard. It's full of chicken and good veggies, and the new box has a browning grid for microwave that actually works!

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            1. re: Mnosyne

              Yes, I've had trouble with other brands top browning. I have a pretty powerful microwave and when I cooked the BM pot pie the maximum recommended time the crust came out nicely browned. The BM pie tasted good but I thought it a mite light on the chicken.

            2. Boston Market and Stouffer's are the best I've had so far.

              1. If you live in NYC, I shamefacedly admit that William Poll on the UES has really delicious chicken pot pies. I say shamefacedly because they also happen to be pretty expensive for such a humble dish. Still, lots of chicken and veggies, and you can tell it is freshly made with no preservatives and such (they come uncooked and frozen).

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                  Anna V. Carroll

                  Howdy-

                  Yes, I do live in Manhattan and work in mid-town. Where is this place of which you speak, she said eagerly. And, do you know about a lady at The Chelsea Market who sells nothing but frozen pot pies? Someone said they thought they saw her on Sandy Pinckney's show recently. Thanks for your help. Where is this place on the east side?

                  1. re: Anna V. Carroll

                    At the Chelsea Market, I think the place you're referring to is the Green Table--they are a catering operation with a small restaurant and a storefront next door selling pot pies and some other prepared food. It's across from Amy's Bread, near the fountain thing.

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                      Anna V. Carroll

                      Thank you so much. Although it is raining and nasty and cold today, I think I'll take the C-train down there and buy me a couple. Thanks a lot.

                      1. re: Anna V. Carroll

                        So, do you have an update for us on either of these two pot pie places? ^^

                        While I don't live in NYC, I have some friends that do, and I'm just intrigued to know of such places ^^

                        BTW -- you've been posting your messages twice -- this is most likely (nearly 100%) because you are hitting the submit button twice. Be patient -- it will post ^^

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                        Anna V. Carroll

                        Thank you so much. Although it is raining and nasty and cold today, I think I'll take the C-train down there and buy me a couple. Thanks a lot.

                        1. re: Rachel M.

                          The store that sells pot pies at the Chelsea Market is called the Cleaver Co. right next to Green Table. I liked their Shepherd's Pie best of all but unfortunately they stopped selling it. The others are ok (chicken, mushroom, veg), made with quality ingredients, etc, but not as good as the Shepherd's Pie that was made with (Nieman Ranch)lamb.

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                        Anna V. Carroll

                        Howdy-

                        Yes, I do live in Manhattan and work in mid-town. Where is this place of which you speak, she said eagerly. And, do you know about a lady at The Chelsea Market who sells nothing but frozen pot pies? Someone said they thought they saw her on Sandy Pinckney's show recently. Thanks for your help. Where is this place on the east side?

                        1. re: Anna V. Carroll

                          William Poll
                          1051 Lex at 75th St
                          212-288-0501

                          It's a small storefront. Make a test run for a couple pies. Like I said, they're a little pricey because they cater to the tony UES crowd. A friend raved about them though, and when I tried the pie I was suitably won over.

                          Good luck to you. Definitely pot pie weather we're having, aint it?

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                            Anna V. Carroll

                            Many thanks for the address. They will be getting a visit from me this week, for sure. Yes, it definitely IS pot pie weather.

                            I ventured out yesterday (Sat) to go to Chelsea Market but got sidetracked because of the confusion with the Subway trains. Some were running express from Canal Street etc. Anyway, didn't make it. Found a Boston Market and bought one of their chicken pot pies, because some Chowhounders had said they liked them.

                            While it was better than Marie Callendar's, it wasn't that much better. Thick sauce, a couple of strands of chicken, virtually no vegetables. Crust was ok but not as good as Marie's. So I continue my pursuit of the best Chicken Pot Pie in NYC. I will try yours and the one at Chelsea Market. Certainly one of those will be 'the one'. Thanks again.

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                              Anna V. Carroll

                              Many thanks for the address. They will be getting a visit from me this week, for sure. Yes, it definitely IS pot pie weather.

                              I ventured out yesterday (Sat) to go to Chelsea Market but got sidetracked because of the confusion with the Subway trains. Some were running express from Canal Street etc. Anyway, didn't make it. Found a Boston Market and bought one of their chicken pot pies, because some Chowhounders had said they liked them.

                              While it was better than Marie Callendar's, it wasn't that much better. Thick sauce, a couple of strands of chicken, virtually no vegetables. Crust was ok but not as good as Marie's. So I continue my pursuit of the best Chicken Pot Pie in NYC. I will try yours and the one at Chelsea Market. Certainly one of those will be 'the one'. Thanks again.

                        2. I almost tried KFC a few months ago, now I will. Never tried Boston Market, will try too. I always liked Mrs Budd, although I've been planning to try my own pot pie someday (have the recipe, but not the time lately).