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Sep 3, 2014 06:35 PM

Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

Need a quantity of Chicken Pot Pies and can't seem to locate the ambition to make it from scratch. Have you tried any that you would serve in your home? Will get creative with sides, dessert, so it can be somewhat plain. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Wilson Farms makes a really decent chicken pot pie. They are in the frozen section. Can't recall if they come in smaller sizes. We used to buy 8" pies for my father. He loved them.

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    1. re: smtucker

      I really like Wilsons chicken pies, but they come with biscuit topping,, not a crust, if that matters.

      1. re: fantundo

        That is a change... definitely used to be crust. Glad to hear that the filling is still good.

        1. re: fantundo

          I'd second the pot pies from Wilson's, and unless they've changed vendors in the last few months, it's a crust top, though no side/bottom crust. However, it's worth pointing out that they're not actually Wilson's own pot pies: they sell Aristocrat frozen pot pies, which I just found out a week ago are actually for sale at farms all over Massachusetts. They come in a range of sizes.

          They're also magically delicious, literally my favorite pot pies over any restaurant pot pie I've ever had, and I wouldn't hesitate to serve one to company for an instant. Get the white meat chicken pies _without_ vegetables, cook some baby peas on the stove and serve them next to the pie, as for some reason the quality of the whole thing (gravy, meat, everything) goes down a notch on the ones with vegetables.

          1. re: cjd260

            The pies at Wilson's have a top crust made up of 6 round biscuits and have no side or bottom crust. They're really good.

            1. re: catsmeow

              Is that new? I moved to the north shore a year ago and haven't been to Wilson's since the spring, but for at least the previous 15 years or so they sold the frozen Aristocrat pies, which have a crust top. If Wilson's doesn't have them, they're also available at Connors Farm in Danvers and Brooksby Farm in Peabody, presumably among a number of others.

              1. re: cjd260

                No, it's not new. I've been getting them there for years. They're available with chicken or turkey. They are fresh not frozen and are made by Wilson's. They are not the frozen Aristocrat brand.

                1. re: catsmeow

                  Wilson's house-made chicken pot pies are definitely topped with biscuits. The biscuits are slightly sweet and pretty tasty. The filling is good but the gravy could use a little more flavor for my taste preference. A nice dish in general.

                  They do sell some frozen pot pies with a crust top but I've never tried them.

        2. re: smtucker

          Based on all these comments, what I was suggesting are the frozen pies with a dough topping. That is why I mentioned the frozen section. Guess my mistake was saying "wilson farm makes." I had completely forgotten that they were made by a third-party.

          1. re: smtucker

            Well now I guess I'll take the plunge and pick one up to stash in the freezer for the next time I'm looking for a quick dinner, so thanks!

            1. re: smtucker

              Somehow it took me a full day to realize that's what was going on. Thanks for clearing it up!

              So, in sum: never tried Wilson's own biscuit-topped pot pies, but the frozen Aristocrat pies are my jam.

          2. There was a recent positive thread on Modern Rotisserie in Newton; you might try them.


            1. Not in your area but I think Costco's CPP is fantastic! Made with their rotisserie chicken, vegetables, etc. Two will easily feed eight. PS: We have a couple of really picky eater friends and he went back for thirds :)

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              1. re: c oliver

                We do have Costco around here but I think Chicken Pot Pie may be a seasonal item, along with chicken soup, which I've enjoyed from Costco in the past, but couldn't fine when looking for it in Waltham recently. It makes sense, I suppose, that they're probably using their leftover rotisserie chicken (which, I assume, is what goes into the pot pies) for chicken salad this time of year.

                I'm overdue for a Costco run so I'll check and see if it's in the case at Waltham. I do like Harrows, a bit on the bland side... wish they'd offer a dark meat version.

              2. I don’t know that I’d suggest it particularly, but Harrow’s Chicken Pie - well, that’s all they do.

                To give you a sense of their priorities, it’s white-meat-only, and you can choose size and you can choose “with vegetables or without.” The vegetables are the pea-carrot-corn-greenbean veggie medley you know and love from your grocer’s freezer.

                They do a lot of business with church dinners, rotaries, elks and the like.

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                1. re: enhF94

                  Harrow's is actually really good. The crust is solid and the gravy is very traditional, like what you'd find in PA Dutch country (though not that yellow). I think the all chicken ones are better. Buy frozen and cook for like 45 minutes.

                  1. re: enhF94

                    I use to like Harrows but now find them to have a much thicker and gloppier sauce on the chicken. The friend that introduced me to them years ago, stopped buying them too. They use to be much better. My fav is, believe it or not, from Kentucky Fried Chicken. My second fav is from Boston Chicken.

                    1. re: catsmeow

                      Tried Harrow's years ago. Never again. There's absolutely no onion or allium of any sort in the sauce!

                      I agree with you about the KFC and Boston Market versions. The Costco pie - when they have it - is 12" in diameter so will easily feed at least 6. Haven't bought them in years, because I looked at the calories and sodium, but I used to love the Marie Callender ones. They're frozen, in supermarkets and Costco.

                  2. I love the pot pies at Petsi Pies. My favorite pot pie ever. But they're pricey -- a 10 inch pies costs $25 -- so maybe not the best if you need 8. Also, it's a good idea to call ahead and check if they have them.

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                    1. re: Pia

                      I'll second the recommendation for Petsi's chicken pot pies. The pastry is absolutely delicious, ditto for the filling. They only sell them at their Somerville location (not either of the locations in Cambridge), and yes, call ahead.

                      1. re: donlan

                        The Petsi chicken pot pie is really delicious. I would love a little more gravy inside (it's really tasty), but that's just a personal preference.