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What Goes Well with a Chicken Pot Pie?

A CPP is pretty much a self-contained and complete meal, is it not? It's got meat, vegetables, and with the crust, grains. And some even incorporate cheese in the mix for some dairy. So given this completeness, what would be a good thing to serve alongside a chicken pot pie?

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    1. Tossed green salad. A slaw would work too.

      1. My mom either put peas into the CPP, or served the CPP with turnips. I know...we loved us some turnips in our family.

        1. I put carrots and peas in mine and as such don't serve it with anything else.

            1. I will nearly always turn out a CPP over a pile of rice, then pour some soy sauce over it. If I don't have rice, the next best accompaniment is another CPP.

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              1. re: ricepad

                Holy smoke--never would have thought about soy sauce on a CPP, but I do like your next best accompaniment. ;)

                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                  That's how I grew up eating them, and without the shoyu, they actually taste a little bland to me. Funny how something with that much salt can taste bland!

                  1. re: ricepad

                    Ayiyi -- I bet the soy sauce does add a nice flavor but my ankles started swelling just thinking about the combo lol. The rice does sound like a nice textural contrast.

                    1. re: DuchessNukem

                      "but my ankles started swelling....." We needed a rimshot for that line. Thank you for a serious but funny line, Duchess!

                2. re: ricepad

                  I thought I was the only one who would say rice. We always had chicken pie with rice in my family. We only had a top crust on the pie, so not as heavy as it might sound. I don't always do the rice now. My other thought (since there are vegetables in the pie) would be to have fruit on the side, or a green salad. I've also done sliced cucumbers in vinegar, or pickled beets.

                  1. Spinach sauteed in olive oil middle eastern style, with red pepper, garlic, cilantro, pine nuts and lemon juice.

                    To drink, orange soda.

                    1. Butter lettuce salad
                      Roasted broccoli
                      Roaste asp argus
                      Spinach salad
                      Sautéed kale
                      Green beans

                      Regional favorites
                      Fried apples

                        1. I'll go with coleslaw. But if I'm eating it in Moffat's in Arcadia, CA I will probably go all self-indulgent and get mashed potatoes and green beans, and eat the pie and potatoes as a single mess - I mean dish.

                          It just occurred to me that a CPP is yet another thing that would be elevated to greatness if you put an egg on it …

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                          1. re: Will Owen

                            Mashed and green beans for me. Mashed and broccoli for wife, Mashed and cauliflower for daughters.

                            Grilled corn muffin tops on the side............

                          2. We buy a terrific housemade double crust chicken pot pie from a local Mom & Pop grocery. Heavy on the chicken, but a nice mix of veg with gravy. I always buy a container of their pickled beet and onion salad for a side - has julienned carrots in it, as well. A very satisfying labor - free supper.

                            1. Since a CPP is a highly processed food that is rich to begin with I would pair it with the least processed items I could. A salad loaded with fresh vege's and a vinaigrette to help crisp the palate for the onslaught of richness.

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                              1. re: RetiredChef

                                I think blanched, chilled asparagus with that vinaigrette might do the trick.

                                1. re: RetiredChef

                                  You could add some quick pickled onion to that salad, it would probably be very refreshing. ;D

                                  1. re: RetiredChef

                                    Speak for yourself. My chicken pot fire is not "highly processed." Asparagus makes a nice companion.

                                    1. re: RetiredChef

                                      Interesting comment. Do you buy yours ready made, is that what you mean by highly processed?

                                              1. re: ipsedixit


                                                You know that's where I was headed!!

                                                Actually, a whole lot of banchan would be good.
                                                Like Myulchi Bokkeum. http://bit.ly/10TpPmN

                                              2. Cranberry-carrot-onion slaw.

                                                1. I like my CPP with poultry seasoning in it. I think some kind of shaved salad comes to mind to go along as a light side.

                                                  1. I kind of think its all in one. Maybe a salad if you HAD to have something else.

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                                                    1. re: deputygeorgie

                                                      I don't like to eat a single dish like CPP or lasagna by itself.
                                                      Prefer something like a green salad - with tomatoes for color
                                                      with the pie - to provide a little variety in taste, texture, etc.

                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                          I would think after a rich main dish like chicken pot pie that a light fruit plate would make a refreshing dessert.

                                                          1. re: ePressureCooker

                                                            With CPP being so rich, typically, I'd pair with a salad of peppery greens, such as arugula or watercress with radishes, tossed with a simple lemon-shallot vinaigrette. The pot pie should be the star, but the side salad should be a total contrast (green, bitter, peppery, lemony) to the buttery, creamy richness of the pie.

                                                              1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                That's true, but perilagu asked for an example of a dessert to go with pot pie. Personally, I eat salad with pot pie, and skip dessert entirely, but an example was asked for... ;D

                                                                1. re: ePressureCooker

                                                                  CPP puts me into a time warp where an iceberg salad with green goddess along with the pie and an ice cream soda for dessert sounds about right, maybe with a box of Cheese-its and a Manhattan while the pie cooks. Uh-oh.

                                                              2. re: ePressureCooker

                                                                I can dig it. Maybe some nice cantaloupe and honey dew.

                                                              3. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                In the spirit of perverse whimsy, I'd served a fruit pie.

                                                            1. I know this is going to sound really weird, but we always had cranberry sauce/jelly with it. :) I also like applesauce. something about the fruit flavors mesh well with it.

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                                                              1. re: Scirocco

                                                                I don't think cranberry sauce sounds particularly weird. You're having a lot of Thanskgiving sort of flavors with pot pie: chicken, gravy, potatoes, pie crust, I'm not at all surprised cranberry sauce came to mind...

                                                                1. re: ePressureCooker

                                                                  whole berry cranberry sauce is our side of choice. nice contrast in both flavor and color.

                                                                  1. re: ePressureCooker

                                                                    that's sort of how I feel too. It's Thanksgiving-esque. :-)

                                                                  2. re: Scirocco


                                                                    Never thought of cranberry sauce with it and, now that you mention it - sounds perfect!

                                                                  3. I never put potatoes in my chicken pot pie, and I usually serve it with small small boiled spuds tossed in butter & dill on the side..something else to catch all that gravy. A small salad of butter lettuce or spinach is nice, as well. I do love CPP, too bad that it is MUCH too hot around here to make one right now.

                                                                    1. cold slaw with lots of grated celery root.

                                                                      1. A piece of watermelon would go well. Call it salad or call it dessert - it would work either way.

                                                                        1. Scotch. Goes well with everything.

                                                                          1. I like to have cranberry sauce and green beans with chicken pot pie. It tastes good and adds some needed color!

                                                                            1. Love chicken pot pies and usually I roast some veggies (baby peppers, broccoli, onions, asparagus)
                                                                              Salad with a citrus dressing.
                                                                              This week I had mashed pot's with grilled corn that we shaved that was an out of the park comfort food home run.
                                                                              Costco has coupons for the Marie Callenders 8pk for around $1 a pie and its an easy peasy dinner idea that hits the spot.

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                                                                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                Just as long as the "peasy" aren't in the pot pie. I haaaate peas, and it's hard to strike a CPP that doesn't contain 'em.

                                                                                  1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                    Ever time I visualize whirled peas, I retch.

                                                                              2. Would sweet potatoes go well with turkey pot pies?

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                                                                                1. re: jibbletts

                                                                                  It seems like they'd go just fine, but I've never needed a side to pot pie besides more pot pie. ;). That seems like the point of a one dish meal. (Clearly many others on this thread disagree.)

                                                                                2. cranberry sauce, try it, it's awesome with cpp.

                                                                                  1. If not a salad, perhaps chunky apple sauce.

                                                                                    1. If you've put vegetables into it you don't need to serve it with anything else... but a nice green side wouldn't go astray. Just not more carbs - there's plenty in the pastry/sauce/potato already. (I'd never put cheese into it, but it has milk in the sauce if I've made it...)
                                                                                      Oh, and if you didn't put potato into the pie filling, it's yummy with mashed potatoes...

                                                                                        1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                          And a fork.
                                                                                          A good chicken pot pie needs no other accompaniment.

                                                                                        2. We actually like it with a dollop of sour cream on top.

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                                                                                          1. re: grangie angie

                                                                                            That sounds pretty good...something I'll have to try!
                                                                                            (chicken pie-prikash??)

                                                                                          2. Salad with bitter greens, fresh red pears diced or sliced, bit of blue cheese, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, and vinaigrette made with pear vinegar and walnut oil. Could use apples too, and pomegranate balsamic vinegar is wonderful if you can't find pear vinegar. Or, start with a cup of roasted butternut squash soup (with ginger and curry). Cranberry or orange sherbet for dessert, with a crisp cookie.

                                                                                            1. Interesting ideas in the replies here, like cranberry sauce. CPP is as close as one comes to a stand-alone food.

                                                                                              If I were making it part of a dinner with some extra oomph (spelling?), I'd definitely think in the cool and crisp direction, as with the salad/slaw recommenders.

                                                                                              But I could see steamed broccoli, grilled asparagus, roasted carrots, or wilted, sautéed greens (beet greens are my favorite when I can get them; otherwise chard).