Chicken Pan Pie


I'm making chicken pot pie in a pan, which is usually still called chicken pot pie, but it shouldn't be since it really is a completely different, far superior, species with a much higher crust-to-filling ratio, making it even more savory and deeply delicious.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
6 servings

Making chicken pot pie in a pan doesn't sound all that revolutionary, and it's not, since that's where many people make it anyway, but since it comes out so differently than deeper dish versions, and according to me, so much better, I decided we need to start calling it what it really is. Chicken pan pie. Which I think has a nice ring to it.

By using a shallow frying pan to construct our pie, we're not only getting a higher crust to filling ratio, but the moisture inside tends to reduce, resulting in a more intense, more flavorful, and much thicker filling. Some might say the filling gets "drier," but I don't like that word, since nothing about this is even remotely dry.

This more substantial stuffing also fuses to the crust, resulting in what are really two distinct textures – the gravy-soaked, dumpling-like layer that's fused to the filling, and the crispy top surface. Speaking of carbs, I didn't add potatoes to the mix. If I'm making the deeper, saucier, traditional version, I'll usually include them, but here, I don't think they're needed. Of course, you add whatever you're into, but no matter what that is, I really do hope you give this pie a try soon. Enjoy!

Chicken Pan Pie
Chef John


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • cup diced onion

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth

  • ½ cup sliced carrots

  • ½ cup sliced celery

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 recipe pastry pie dough

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 2 teaspoons water


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  2. Melt butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and salt. Cook, stirring, until onions start to soften, and the edges begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken, and cook, stirring, until the chicken loses its pink color, and starts to brown in spots, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle flour over top, then cook and stir for about 2 minutes. Pour in the broth and bring to a simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan with a spatula. Stir in carrots, celery, black pepper, and cayenne.

  4. Cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, until it's as thick as you want, 5 to 10 minutes. For a thick, sticky filling once baked, reduce until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. For a saucier filling, don't reduce the mixture at all.

  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the peas and thyme. Taste for seasoning and reserve until needed.

  6. Roll out pie or pastry dough to form a circle about 14 inches in diameter.

  7. Fold over 1/2 inch of dough all the way around, and then crimp the edge to make a decorative scalloped design. Cut or punch out a 1-inch hole in the center of the dough.

  8. Place the pan on top of a sheet pan in case filling bubbles over in the oven. Carefully place the dough over the filling, and adjust until it's centered. Press the crust lightly into the filling. Brush the top with an egg wash if desired.

  9. Bake in the preheated oven until crust is browned and filling is bubbling, about 40 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Chef's Notes:

You can use store-bought or homemade chicken broth.

You can use a pinch of dried thyme instead of using fresh, just make sure you add it in with the broth.

Use 1 batch of my Buttercrust Pastry Dough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

435 Calories
27g Fat
23g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 435
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Sodium 945mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 320mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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