These Individual-Serving Pot Pies Will Transform Your Menu of Comfort Foods

When it’s blustery and cold outside, few things will do the job of warming you up quite like a hearty casserole. But thanks to hectic schedules (and the ability to go from hungry to hangry in just a few minutes), there’s not always time to settle into the kitchen to prepare one.

Enter: A timesaving solution. On a recent episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced a duo of chicken pot pies, but neither was presented in the traditional big-batch format. Instead, these brand-new recipes put an individual-serving spin on the pot pie, proving that this tried-and-true favorite can be transformed in a speedy way. Read on below for two weeknight-friendly takes on pot pie, each a can-do meal fit for the whole family.

Chicken pot pies in a mug, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen.

Chicken pot pies in a mug, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen.

Photo by: David Katz

David Katz

Next to the buttery, flaky crust, perhaps the most-beloved part of a pot pie is the rich and creamy sauce that surrounds the filling. In this 25-minute recipe, you can achieve the same thick consistency and the savory taste you know and love with the help of a can of cream of chicken soup.

When combined with frozen veggies and ready-to-go rotisserie chicken, the soup becomes an ideal sauce will lend moisture to the filling. And as for that all-important flaky crust, look no further than a can of biscuit dough. The biscuits will add heft to the pot pies, which are cooked and served in individual-portion ovensafe mugs, and round out the meal.

Chicken pot pie hand pies, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen.

Chicken pot pie hand pies, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen.

Photo by: David Katz

David Katz

On those days when it seems like dinner just has to be eaten in the car between activities, keep this fuss-free recipe in your back pocket. Yes, that means this is a pot pie that’s easy enough to handle in the car — sans plate and utensils. The key to these eat-with-your-hands pot pies is store-bough refrigerated pie crusts; they’ll help you shave valuable prep time off the meal, and when pressed together, they create tightly sealed pockets that support the filling.

Opt for the same quick-fix filling that’s used in the mug recipe above —cream of chicken soup, plus frozen veggies and tender rotisserie chicken — to create a craveable combo of flavors and textures.

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