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Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie

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I hate starting out posts with a disclaimer but due to a post in the past that was been passed down from generations and got rude comments and opinions on how something “should” be done, I feel like I have to say something about this recipe before continuing. In case there is any confusion: I’m not saying this is the ONLY way to make Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie so don’t take it that way :)

There are various ways to make a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie or “bott boi.” Every family has their own way of making it, I totally get it! I had my first taste of it several years ago when Jason’s grandmother made it for us. I realize that my way may not be the way your grandmother or your family makes it but that is what makes a recipe unique. It doesn’t have to be the way someone else does it and it doesn’t have to be just one way. This is our version of it and I’m sorry if that offends you in any way or if I’m “breaking” tradition, but this is our tradition and how our family does it. I just simply want to share my version and my take on it. We ended up loving my version so I hope you give it a try! 

A traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie is what you'll need to remind you of grandma's cooking! It is pure comfort and nostalgia in a bowl!

I mentioned in my latest Beyond the Table post that I wanted to hire a professional organizer to come into my kitchen and reorganize all the cabinets and whatnot. Well, I’m not one to wait for a consultation and book a service like that (or spend that kinda money on it) so of course I went to the Container Store on Saturday and of course I took out all the contents of our kitchen cabinets and re-organized. I feel so REFRESHED going into our kitchen now and opening cabinets and just staring at the work I did. Seriously, I feel like on Saturday, I had an OCD person’s dream day. I want to put everything in little baskets and bins now. Also, I got a baking sheet organizer that is a lifesaver for casserole dishes, baking sheets, muffin pans, cooling racks, etc. Love love! You should also see my tupperware cabinet now. I bought additional shelving to create more space and functionality (I’m talking like someone on HGTV right now). Honestly, I bet this is the first cabinet that gets messed up. Tupperware is just so hard to keep organized, lol

We went to a “grown-ups” movie theater on Saturday night to go see American Sniper. It was one of those movie theaters that serves beer, wine, and food. It’s such a neat concept. There’s like a ‘table’ in front of you where you put your order cards and your server brings you whatever you want throughout the movie. Their popcorn is bottomless too! We thought American Sniper was pretty good. Powerful and sad. Lots and lots of action and shooting (obvi). Wish there was a little more character development. Overall, I’d recommend it. It’s just such a sad story though about Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper did a phenomenal job portraying him.

A traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie is what you'll need to remind you of grandma's cooking! It is pure comfort and nostalgia in a bowl!

Okay, so like I said above, this is my own version of Jason’s grandmother’s and family’s pot pie. Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie is basically chicken noodle soup except that the noodles are these awesome wide square noodles. Jason’s mom picked us up a pack of these pre-made squares from an Amish store up in PA when she was up there but then we stumbled upon them while we were at The Fresh Market in town recently. Score! I love everything about this pot pie. The flavors are perfect and it’s so comforting. It’s like if you need a warm bowl of comfort goodness, I would suggest making this. It also makes a lot and gets better the longer it sits. These were great dinners a couple months ago when the temperatures dipped into the 20’s in the evening!

A traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie is what you'll need to remind you of grandma's cooking! It is pure comfort and nostalgia in a bowl!

 

A traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie is what you'll need to remind you of grandma's cooking! It is pure comfort and nostalgia in a bowl!
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Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins
 

A traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie is what you'll need to remind you of grandma's cooking!

Servings: 6 -8
Ingredients
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 large potato, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • Pinch of saffron, optional but recommended
  • 7 ounces of square pot pie noodles
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
Instructions
  1. In a large heavy bottom 5 1/2 quart pot such as a Dutch oven, add olive oil to the pot and heat it up over medium-high heat.
  2. Once oil is hot, add onion, carrots, celery, and potatoes. Saute until veggies are softened and potatoes are slightly softened, about 10 minutes, then add chicken stock, water, bouillon cubes, and saffron (if using) to the pot. Bring mixture to a boil then turn down the heat to medium-low.
  3. Carefully add the pot pie noodles to the pan. You'll want to add them in layers so they don't stick to each other. So, add the first batch of noodles in a single layer, stir, then add again.
  4. Cover pot and let simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the noodles are getting fully cooked.
  5. Near the end of the cooking process, add the shredded chicken, stir to incorporate, and let simmer together for an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Divide into bowls and serve warm.
  7. The pot pie can keep for up to 7 days in the refrigerator.

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Posted on January 26, 2015

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  1. 01/26/2015 at 7:42 am

    Hey, I’ve never had Dutch Chicken Pot Pie, so your way looks incr-EDIBLE to me!
    And I totally need an organizer. My pantry looks like a bomb went off. I also need to see American Sniper. And definitely at one of those theaters, because they are AMAZING! Just like this dinner! Pinned!

  2. 01/26/2015 at 9:01 am

    You can call this recipe anything you like! All I want is the largest possible serving and a spoon :)

  3. 01/26/2015 at 9:35 am

    The container store is my mecca! And now you have inspired me to clean out my kitchen! Also, this pot pie, totally happening!

  4. Tammi
    01/26/2015 at 10:38 am

    Hi Julie! Having lived in Lancaster PA for over ten years I can tell you that your recipe appears to be MUCH healthier than the Pot Pie usually seen here! I’ve seen some take out options that are almost neon yellow due to additives. I’ve never used the packaged noodles since I like the way the homemade squares thicken the broth and I usually make the beef version.

    • Julie
      01/26/2015 at 2:02 pm

      Oh wow! That’s crazy! I’m glad mine looks to be healthier :)

    • Doug
      10/15/2015 at 3:54 pm

      Many people add saffron, which makes that bright yellow color, no other additives that I know of.

  5. 01/26/2015 at 11:00 am

    I had the most amazing bowl of chicken soup at the Contemporary Hotel in Disney a few years back. I’ve never been able to replicate the taste exactly. It was a spice of some sort, and maybe Saffron is it! Yum! Heading out this afternoon to get a chicken!!

    • Julie
      01/26/2015 at 2:02 pm

      Yay! Hope you enjoy!

  6. 01/26/2015 at 1:24 pm

    Bring on this gorgeous Pot Pie!! Fabulous!!!

  7. 01/26/2015 at 1:27 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to one of those grown-up movie theaters! Next date night we’re going to one… after devouring this pot pie for dinner!

  8. 01/26/2015 at 1:47 pm

    I need a personal organizer like no one could believe. I am a disaster right now! But i bet a big old bowl of this delicious looking chicken pot pie would soothe my frayed disorganized nerves!

  9. 01/26/2015 at 3:45 pm

    Nothing like good ole comfort food! YUM.

  10. Cindy
    01/26/2015 at 3:46 pm

    Okay, so I grew up on P.D. Chicken Pot Pie and it was very much like the recipe you’ve shared with us. It looks delicious! As a kid I alway yearned for the traditional “pie crust” recipe and never cared for the “dumpling” style, so I’ve never re-visited the dish from my youth. Thanks for the memories of childhood dinners.

    • Julie
      01/27/2015 at 8:07 am

      :)

  11. 01/26/2015 at 5:12 pm

    This soup must be a delicious comfort food for a cold winter night!

  12. 01/26/2015 at 9:30 pm

    Mmmmmm, this is calling my name! I love comfort food like this anytime!

  13. Laurie
    01/26/2015 at 10:10 pm

    This is a recipe I will try. I make something like this called Slippy Pot Pie. Same thing but different name. Love to try different versions of a recipe. Loos delicious. Thanks.

    • Julie
      01/27/2015 at 8:06 am

      I hope you enjoy this version!

  14. 01/26/2015 at 10:42 pm

    Phenomenal, Julie! This is the ultimate winter comfort food and your version looks both healthy and delicious! Glad you had the opportunity to get organized in the kitchen. Hubby and I re-did our pantry between Christmas and New Years. It feels soooo good! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week! xo

  15. 01/26/2015 at 11:17 pm

    This looks ultimately comforting!! Ben and I went to go see Imitation Game this weekend, and are planning to see American Sniper this weekend – so I’m glad I have your review for it to nail down my decision to see it.

  16. Annie Green
    01/27/2015 at 12:21 am

    I have a lot of Pennsylvania Dutch in my family and this is what I remember. Looks yummy. By any chance, do you have a recipe for Pennsylvania Dutch Dumplings? They look like spirals with a blend of meat mixed together. As a little girl I use to get to roll them up. No one seems to be able to find the recipe.

    • Julie
      01/27/2015 at 8:06 am

      I can see if my husband’s grandmother has it but she’s been kind of sick so I’m not sure it would be the best time to ask. I’ll ask around the family though!

      • Annie Green
        01/27/2015 at 10:37 am

        I will pray for your husbands grandmother. I hope she feels better soon.

      • Julie
        01/27/2015 at 1:22 pm

        Thanks, Annie!

  17. 01/27/2015 at 2:54 am

    This looks wonderful!! I so dislike the hecklers ;)

  18. 01/27/2015 at 5:20 am

    Your version of this chicken pot pie looks absolutely delish! A definite must make for the winter!

  19. 02/06/2015 at 12:13 am

    How perfect is this for the miserable cold right now?! Love it.

  20. Kay Gehman
    10/14/2016 at 11:49 am

    I I’ve in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Do you remember where Jason’s mother got the pre made ones? The place I use to get them doesn’t make them anymore😢 I could make my own but pre made would be great.

    • Julie
      10/15/2016 at 11:25 am

      They got it at Laudermilch!

    • jimi Moore
      11/07/2016 at 1:15 pm

      Believe It or Not Walmart actually sells the pre-made homemade noodles there in a white bag in the frozen section

  21. jimi Moore
    11/07/2016 at 1:13 pm

    I live in Florida now and everyone who has tasted my bott boi loves it. I came here from York Pennsylvania just minutes away from Lancaster your recipe is extremely close to mine. I grew up eating Bott boi at least twice a month. everyone is free to make alterations on recipes but negative comments are not called for.

    • Julie
      11/08/2016 at 6:51 am

      100% agree, Jimi! Alterations on recipes are encouraged but I only put that disclaimer on there because I made a recipe from my husband’s great grandmother in the past and I got so many negative comments about how it wasn’t the “right” way to do it and “their” grandmother would “never” do it that way. I love that everyone loves your bott boi!!

    • Evelyn
      12/12/2016 at 8:49 am

      I lost my first comment because “required fields” are not explicit.
      My ancestry is PA Dutch and I grew up eating Pot Pie just as your recipe states, so I feel you really nailed it. You took the steps to simplify the recipe in the same way that I do. I use rotisserie chicken as one way to save time. The carrots, onion, celery and parsley are a must. Noodles can be purchased in many eastern PA supermarkets or on-line.

      Just one comment–it is more of a stew and not a soup. It is a main dish that can be accompanied with pickled beets

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