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Chicken Pot Pie, Sort Of

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or as I like to call it, chicken pot pie for the lazy folks.

Did you know I moved?  Yes, yes I did.  from Connecticut to Texas.  And I am drowning under cardboard boxes and tissue paper.  I feel slightly guilty for the number of trees that gave their lives so that my crap from Target could make it here in one piece.

Unpacking really, really, no I mean REALLY, stinks.  And to make it worse, when I unpacked all of the kitchen stuff my 11 yr old  son was helping me.  That sounds nice in theory.  Having help doing tasks is usually nice. 

But I said to him, “Oh put the stuff anywhere.”  Something he took it to heart. 

What I meant was, “I don’t care which cabinet you put the things in as long as they are neat and organized and make sense.” 

What he heard was, “Open up a cabinet door and shove all sorts of random things into the cabinet until nothing else can possibly fit, then shut the door.”

Now when I am looking for things there is likely to be tupperware lids perched on top of wine glasses, sitting on an overturned salad bowl.  With jars of spices stuffed into the empty spaces.  Everyday I say that I am going to pull it all out and reorganize the cabinets in a logical manner.  But the task is just too daunting.  Especially since we still have tons of boxes that aren’t even opened yet.   

All of this is just  an explanation of where I have been and why I haven’t been posting or cooking.

But tonight I pulled out an old stand-by.  This  used to be a favorite meal, until we burned out on it.  I literally haven’t made it in years. When I served it the older kids remembered me making it and asked why we hadn’t had it in such a long time.

You need:


Chicken breast, cooked
2 cans cream of broccoli soup
1 can of milk

7 1/2 cups Bisquick
2 1/2 cups milk

Step One:


Chop your broccoli tops off and cut them into bite sized pieces. Discard the “trunks,” unless you like to eat that part. Which I do not. Lazy AND wasteful, I am.

Step two:

If you do not have any leftover cooked chicken breast you will need to cook some up. The method that you chose really doesn’t matter: stir fry, microwave, bake, poach. I have done them all.


Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Put the chicken pieces and broccoli tops in an 11×13 baking dish.

Step Three:


Combine the 2 cans of soup with 1 can of milk.   Mix well.


Step Four:


Pour the soup mixture into the pyrex dish, stir to coat the chicken and broccoli evenly.


Step Five:


In a separate bowl mix together the Bisquick and milk.

Step Six:

There is no “official” step six, but I highly recommend pouring yourself a glass of wine right now.  Let one of the kids stir the mixture smooth.  It is good exercise for their little arm muscles.

Step Seven:


Spread it over the top.  It should be thick like biscuit dough, not runny like pancake mix.  You might think that the ratio of  “crust” to chicken/broccoli is not enough.  Trust me, the “crust” puffs way up, more than you probably think it will. 


Step Eight:

Bake at 350 until the “crust” turns a golden brown. 


Let it cool slightly when you remove it from the over, otherwise it will fall apart.  At this point small children will start whining, “But when will it be ready? I want to eat now.”

Step Ten:


Cut into squares and enjoy!

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12 comments so far...

  • I have the same “putting dishes away” problem with my 17-year-old. If a spot is not immediately obvious (meaning he has used this dish or container and knows where it came from) or the appropriate area appears to be full, he will pick a spot apparently at random and place said object there. I find mugs with the wine glasses, tupperware in the with the pans, and flat things that are not baking items in with the cookie sheets. I suppose I should count myself lucky I don’t find these things in the fridge or pantry.

    Kim  |  March 10th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

  • First of all, congratulations (I think:) on the move. Second of all, making this as I type this and my daughter says “Mommy, that looks like cake with chicken. I like cake. So I will eat this.”

    Thank you, Chris:)

    Nataly  |  March 11th, 2009 at 1:24 am

  • I have a chicken pot pie recipe I like and will still make sometimes, but this option is a lot easier! I do love step 6. Especially as my husband, if he ever puts dishes away at all, puts them away like your son.

    Brigitte  |  March 11th, 2009 at 11:56 am

  • From CT to TX. Very sad. I’m sure you’ll be able to make the best of it. When I moved from PA to OK, I felt I had died and gone to hell. The bad kind of hell, where there’s tumbleweed rolling down empty streets at 7 p.m., not the hell where there are all sorts of interesting people drinking lots of wine and/or shots, and having conversations about books they’ve actually read. Or written.

    I’ve written about my transition to OK here:

    E. Peevie  |  March 11th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

  • Chris, Where are you in Texas…I’m in San Antonio…come cook for me. Looks like a great recipe….and I think you have the same counters that I have.

    Chris says: I am in Austin.

    Karla E  |  March 12th, 2009 at 3:04 am

  • chris, sorry to be picky, but 7-1/2 cups of bisquick? is that really right? that seems like a LOT! looks yummy…i just dont want to mess up!

    Chris says: Yes, that is right for the large pyrex baking dish. Obviously if you use a smaller baking pan you should use less!

    barbara  |  March 12th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

  • Love step 6.

    Holly  |  March 12th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

  • OMG, that looks good.

    It’s good to see you posting here again. Moves suck. I hope you’re feeling settled soon.

    t in hd  |  March 12th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

  • That looks quick, cheap, and easy. The holy trinity for cooking dinner. Not to be confused with that of teenage boys looking for a date.

    Congrats on your move! Connecticut to Texas! Any culture shock yet?

    Robyn  |  March 12th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

  • This sounds great but I would have to add cheese. Doesn’t everything taste better with cheese?

    carol  |  March 12th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

  • I hope you are enjoying your new state. I’m in the middle of a move myself. From Minneapolis to Chicago. This is so simple I could make it in our hotel. Thanks for your humor!

    Amy  |  March 13th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

  • Hi Chris - Just wondering, does that really feed your whole family? Or do you make 2 pans? It looks so good that I’m sure my husband would want to eat half of the pan himself. (I fear for when I have a teenage boy in the house, as I hear they are bottomless pits.) Or is it so filling that one piece per person is enough?
    Thanks for the quick and easy looking recipe!

    Chris says: It is more filling than you would think, but no one pan is not enough for all of us.

    charlie  |  March 19th, 2009 at 5:12 pm