Chicken Pot Pie, Skinny-fied

Chicken pot pie is considered the ultimate comfort food!  It’s a savory pie filled with a luxurious chicken stew. One big problem-it’s actually one of the 30 worst foods in America! Why? Because a typical chicken pot pie you buy in the freezer section has a shocking 680 calories and 48 grams of fat. I know you’re thinking you’ll never be able to eat this dreamy pot pie again, right? Don’t worry…Using skinny ingredients like skinless chicken breasts, reduced-fat milk, reduced-sodium chicken broth, plus adding a whole lot of vegetables, you still can, guilt-free!  This skinny chicken pot pie recipe has only 266 calories, 6g of fat  It doesn’t need the top and bottom crust either. It’s served spooned onto a plate or bowl and garnished with a flaky biscuit. I hope you enjoy this fabulous casserole!
Skinny Chicken Pot Pie

Why You’ll Love This Chicken Pot Pie, Skinny-fied

My low-calorie skinnyfied chicken pot pie offers the best of both worlds: comfort food indulgence without the guilt. Imagine that warm, cozy embrace of a classic pot pie, packed with juicy chicken, tender veggies, and a creamy sauce, but lighter on the waistline. It's a win for your taste buds and your health goals! 
This lighter version keeps the soul-satisfying flavors intact, thanks to smart ingredient swaps like lean protein, low-fat dairy, and broth-based sauces. It's a perfect example of how you can indulge in your cravings without sacrificing your well-being, leaving you feeling happy, full, and energized, not weighed down. It's a dish that nourishes both your body and your spirit, making it a true winner for comfort food lovers with a health-conscious skinnyfied twist.

Ingredients for Chicken Pot Pie, Skinnyfied

Broth (3 cups):
  • Swanson's reduced-sodium chicken broth: Provides the base flavor for the stew without excess sodium. Feel free to substitute with your favorite low-sodium broth, like vegetable or even mushroom for a deeper umami.
  • Flavor considerations: Adding herbs like bay leaf, thyme sprigs, or peppercorns to the broth while simmering can enhance the overall flavor.
Vegetables (5.5 cups total):
  • 1.5 cups onions, chopped: Adds sweetness and aroma to the base. Dice or finely chop for even distribution and quicker cooking.
  • 1 cup potatoes, cubed: Contributes creamy texture and heartiness. Choose starchy potatoes like russets for thickening, or waxy potatoes like Yukon Golds for a firmer bite.
  • 1 cup sweet potatoes, cubed: Adds natural sweetness and vibrant color. Similar to regular potatoes, choose based on desired texture.
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped: Offers vibrant color, sweetness, and a slight crunch. Dice or julienne for even cooking.
  • 1 cup celery, sliced: Adds a subtle earthy flavor and textural contrast. Slice thinly for even distribution.
Protein (1 pound):
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts: Provides the main protein source. Cut into bite-sized pieces for even cooking and distribution. Chicken thighs can be substituted for richer flavor but slightly higher fat content.
Other Key Ingredients:
  • 1.5 cups frozen peas: Adds pops of sweetness and vibrant green color. No need to thaw beforehand.
  • 1.5 cups reduced-fat milk: Lightens the sauce while still providing creaminess. Use skim milk for an even lighter option.
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour: Creates a roux for thickening the sauce. Use whole wheat flour for added fiber and nutrients.
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried: Infuses the dish with an herbal, earthy aroma. Adjust based on preference.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper: Enhances overall flavor. Season to taste after cooking.
Topping:
  • 1 package Pillsbury Golden Layer Flaky Biscuits (100 calories each): Provides a classic pot pie topping with reduced calorie count. Feel free to use puff pastry squares or homemade biscuit dough for more customization.


How to Make Chicken Pot Pie, Skinnyfied

Preparation (10 minutes):
  • Gather your ingredients: Make sure you have all the listed items on hand, including the 11x7 baking dish, cooking spray, whisk, colander, and foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Prep the vegetables: Peel and chop the onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Slice the celery. No need to thaw the frozen peas.
  • Cook the broth: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Pour the chicken broth into a large pan and bring it to a boil over medium heat.
Building the base (12 minutes):
  • Add the veggies: Once the broth boils, stir in the chopped onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and celery. Bring the mixture back to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 6 minutes.
  • Incorporate the protein and peas: Add the chicken pieces and frozen peas to the pan. Break up the chicken pieces slightly for even cooking. Bring the mixture back to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Straining and thickening (8 minutes):
  • Separate the solids and liquids: Place a colander over a large bowl. Carefully pour the chicken, vegetable, and broth mixture into the colander. This will separate the cooked ingredients from the broth.
  • Thicken the sauce: Return the strained broth to the pan and increase the heat to medium. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour and milk until smooth. Gradually whisk the milk mixture into the hot broth, stirring constantly.
  • Cook until thickened: Continue whisking and cook the sauce for about 5 minutes, or until it thickens to your desired consistency.
Assembling and baking (24-30 minutes):
  • Season and combine: Add the cooked chicken, vegetables, thyme, salt, and pepper to the thickened sauce in the pan. Stir everything together to combine.
  • Prepare the baking dish: Lightly coat your 11x7 baking dish with cooking spray. Pour the chicken and vegetable mixture into the dish.
  • Top with biscuits: Open the package of biscuits and separate them. Gently place each biscuit on top of the chicken mixture, evenly covering the surface.
  • Bake until golden: Place the baking dish on the foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 14 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown.

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Serves 8 (each serving, ⅛ of recipe and 1 biscuit)
Food Facts
The pot pie dates back to the medieval era. In fact, savory pies were an important part of any royal chef’s menu. Recipes for pot pies appeared back in 1877. In those days they used a deep pot lined with a crust. They didn’t eat the crust. It was there to protect the stew from the flavor of the metal.  Swanson’s introduced the first frozen pot pie in 1951!

Shopping Tips

You can find Pillsbury Biscuits in most large supermarkets in the refrigerated section where they display all the “ready to bake” items. Look for ones that have 100-110 calories a biscuit.

Storage Tips

If you’re cooking for one or two people, don’t let this stop you from making this wonderful pot pie. It freezes great. Divide the leftovers into single-serving containers and freeze.
WW FreeStyle SmartPoints 6-Blue
WW SmartPoints
8-Green
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (each serving, ⅛ of recipe and 1 biscuit)
266 calories, 6g fat, 2.6 sat. fat, 31mg chol, 38g carbs, 20g protein, 4g fiber, 653mg sodium, 8g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
190 calories, 2g sat fat, 6g protein, 5g sugar

 

Skinny Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie, Skinnyfied

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Bake Time: 14 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 266 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups Swanson’s reduced-sodium chicken broth or your favorite
  • cups onions, chopped
  • 1 cup potato, peeled and cubed (½ inch cubes)
  • 1 cup sweet potato, peeled and cubed (½ inch cubes)
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 pound chicken breasts (boneless, skinless), cut into bite-size pieces
  • cups frozen peas (not defrosted)
  • cup reduced-fat milk
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 package Pillsbury Golden Layer Flaky Biscuits (100 calories for each biscuit), see shopping tip

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pan, add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Stir in onions, potato, sweet potato, carrots, and celery. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer for 6 minutes.
  • Add chicken pieces and frozen peas, breaking them up. Bring back to a boil, turn heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Place a colander into a large bowl. Pour chicken, vegetables, and broth into a colander. Add strained broth back to the pan. Set aside chicken and vegetables.
  • In a separate small bowl, add flour. Gradually add milk to the flour stirring with a whisk, until well blended.
  • Increase heat to medium with the broth. Stir in milk/flour mixture with a whisk. Cook for 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir often.
  • Add back chicken and vegetables, along with thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  • Coat an 11 x 7 baking dish (see Shopping Tip) with cooking spray and pour in the chicken stew.
  • Open the package of biscuits, separate them, and place on top of chicken stew. Line them evenly over top.
  • Place the pie on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 14-16 minutes until the biscuits are real golden brown. Note: If they are not browned enough for your liking, or they still don’t bake completely, remove and place biscuits on a baking sheet and continue to bake in a 350-degree oven until real golden brown, about 6-10 minutes. Or bake biscuits separately on a baking sheet while the casserole is baking. If baked separately, follow biscuit instructions.
  • To serve, spoon into each bowl and top with 1 biscuit. There will be two extra biscuits for whoever wants it.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 20gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2.6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 653mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gBlue Smart Points: 6Green Smart Points: 8Plus Points: 7
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

40 Comments

  1. Made this tonight and loved it. So much better than your salty store bought chicken pot pie. Prep time was longer than stated but well worth it. Glad to see also that you can freeze. Thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks so much Sherrie. I love and appreciate your wonderful feedback!
    With my very best wishes,
    Nancy

  3. I’ve made this dish so many times and my family LOVES it! I like to bring the rest for lunch the next day or so as I love comfort food. BTW-I like to cut up a rotisserie chicken to make this recipe as the chicken is already cooked and is a little less work for me. I use the the whole chicken, but I use skim milk to make up for the WW Freestyle points. Thanks for this wonderful recipe! #winnerwinnerchickendinner

  4. Thank you so much for your fabulous feedback! Much appreciated. Rotisserie chicken sure does save time and works very well.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  5. I’ve this a few times and we really enjoy it. Since it’s just the two of us now, I cook the biscuits separately , so they don’t get soggy when I serve as leftovers. T Y

  6. How many points would the skinny chicken pot pie be on PURPLE PLAN WW? You listed blue & green.

  7. I’m so sorry Shirley but at this point I’ll only be including Blue and Green points. For all of these years, I use a different program than WW to input all of my recipes to do the nutrition facts and points.
    I have hundreds of recipes and don’t have the time to input them into WW to make the calculations for the purple plan. Maybe in the future.
    WW is such a wonderful program and I wish you the best of luck!
    Nancy

  8. This recipe is great.i will add it to my new recipe.for my customers to know it.i love it.keep doing well and I hope you have a great day.

  9. Looks like a mouth watering recipe that I can’t wait to try. The recipe calls for an 11 x 7 rectangular backing dish but your illustration looks like its made in a smaller square backing dish. Which is the proper size to use? Thanks you!

  10. Hi! I was wondering, could I make the chicken stew a day before, refrigerate overnight and then cook it with the biscuits the next day?

  11. You could definitely do that, Jamie. I would wait and bake the biscuits on the side and top each serving with one when the casserole is ready. Or you could bake the biscuits anytime, and heat them before serving.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  12. I can’t find these biscuits with only 100-110 calories any where, where do you get yours? I would love to make these.

  13. Debbie,
    This recipe uses 8 biscuits. There will be two extra biscuits for whoever wants it.
    Serves 8 (each serving 1 biscuit)

    If your package only has 6, that’s fine. If you end of freezer your leftovers, next time you serve it you can make more biscuits if desired.

  14. Sorry for all the questions I just really want to make this for my husband as chicken pot pie is one of his favorites. The biscuits that you use are they the bigger ones? The 100 calorie ones I found are small.

  15. No problem Debbie, Mine were small too. If someone uses the larger ones, they can cut 1/4 off the biscuit before it’s baked. Or they can easily use the larger ones, just know the Skinny Facts will be higher.

    My best,
    Nancy

  16. 5 stars
    I made this for my family and they loved it, they kept saying how good it was and they didn’t even know it was a healthier chicken pot pie. It’s much easier than most chicken pot pie recipes that I’ve seen, and the chicken cooked so fast, I love this recipe, it’s delicious and guilt-free. The only thing I changed is the seasoning, I used some paprika, chili powder, a little bit of tony’s cajun seasoning, and more black pepper. It was Great.

  17. I love your feedback, Rackel. Thanks so much!!! And your seasonings sound great. This recipe is so flexible you’ve shown that you can make some additions and still love it!
    All the best,
    Nancy

  18. No problem Theresa, You can easily substitute the peas with vegetables such as corn, zucchini, mushrooms. Or just use carrots. This is a very flexible recipe.
    Best of luck,
    Nancy

  19. I just made this for the first time and it was delicious! It’s always good to have a new chicken recipe and I’ll be putting this one in regular rotation. Thank you so much.

  20. I’m so happy you try this pot pie recipe. Thanks so much for letting me know, Cynthia! It’s been a favorite on Skinny Kitchen for many years now.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  21. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I really like the sweet potatoes which haven’t seen in other pot pie recipes. If I am baking the biscuits separately, do I still need to put the casserole in the oven to cook? Thanks.

  22. Yes Sheena. Bake the biscuits separately and still follow the baking temp and time for the casserole.
    Enjoy your dinner!
    My best,
    Nancy

  23. Could this be done in a crockpot?? Would you just throw everything in and then add biscuits at the end to cook?

  24. Carrie,
    Although I’ve never made this in the crock-pot, you could try this. Place everything in the crock pot except the biscuits.Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
    Bake the biscuits in the oven, according to the package directions.
    I’d love to hear how it turned out.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  25. 5 stars
    I came back to the recipe to see the calorie breakdown but I have been using this recipe for 6 or 7 years. It’s always been such a huge hit. It’s come highly requested by my family and it is the only meal my father in law has ever complimented and even asked for seconds of. I tweaked the recipe just a bit (i use regular potatoes instead of sweet potatoes). I also make my own homemade biscuits which are around 250 calories per biscuit. But reading through the reviews i felt that I should leave one also letting you know that this has been a staple in my families diet for nearly 7 years and we love it! This is also the very first recipe I wrote in my recipe book that I started when I first was learning to cook in college. I’ve shared this recipe with dozens of people. 10000% could not recommend this recipe more. It is super flexible and you can tweak it how ever you like.

  26. Wow Ashley…Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I’m so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed this recipe for all of these years. And i love your tweaks.
    Wishing you all the best,
    Nancy

  27. 5 stars
    Due to dietary restrictions, we used unsalted chicken broth and did not add any salt, and it was still excellent. Some added salt individually, but with or without the salt, everyone loved it, and you really don’t feel like it’s “skinny”. We will definitely be making this regularly!

  28. Fantastic! I’m so glad this recipe worked for you, Beverly. Great to know that you cut the sodium way dawn and still enjoyed it!
    all the best,
    Nancy

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