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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!

Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie

A traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie is what you'll need to remind you of grandma's cooking!
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • ½ 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
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cover pot and let simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the noodles are getting fully cooked.
  • Near the end of the cooking process, add the shredded chicken, stir to incorporate, and let simmer together for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Divide into bowls and serve warm.
  • The pot pie can keep for up to 7 days in the refrigerator.



Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 316 kcal | Carbohydrates: 30 g | Protein: 34 g | Fat: 6 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 3 g

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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food

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Neil Allison

Sunday 25th of October 2020

Mom mom's chicken Pot pie was my favorite growing up in Elmer, NJ. My mother does a good job when she makes this, but she is disabled and cannot get around like she used to. I have a pot simmering right now. I will let you know how it turned out.

Barry Robison

Friday 1st of March 2019

Your version of the is recipe looks and sounds delicious! It's unfortunate that some individuals feel they have the right to criticize others, especially when it comes to something like a recipe. I honestly think that any recipe you find in today's world is a version of a recipe created long ago. Keep up the good work!

Julie Wampler

Sunday 3rd of March 2019

Thanks so much, Barry!

cindy ladd

Monday 20th of February 2017

This is mine and my family's favorite meal. I always add chicken broth along with eggs just to add a little extra flavor to the dough!

jimi Moore

Monday 7th of November 2016

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.


Monday 12th of December 2016

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


Tuesday 8th of November 2016

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!!

Kay Gehman

Friday 14th of October 2016

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.

jimi Moore

Monday 7th of November 2016

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


Saturday 15th of October 2016

They got it at Laudermilch!