Heart-Shaped Shortcut Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

My kids love Valentine’s Day even more than my husband and I do, and because kids need to celebrate too, I love surprising them with a fun and festive, special Valentine’s Day dinner, like this Heart-Shaped Chicken Pot Pie complete with a heart-embellished crust. The recipe super easy to make, thanks to store-bought rotisserie chicken and frozen pre-made pie dough and is always a hit!


serves: 4


  • 2 sheets store-bought frozen pie dough, thawed
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 2-3 celery stalks, cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 1 large carrot cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup whole milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken cut into small chunks or shredded
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water


Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place rack in the center of the oven. Set out a 2 quart round ceramic baking dish (or any 2 quart oven safe casserole dish will do).

Note: Don’t forget to take your pie dough out to allow it to defrost completely.

Step 2: In a stock pot, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. Add in onion, celery, carrots, and bay leaf. Cook until vegetables begin to get tender, about 8 – 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf.

Valentine's Day Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Note: It’s very important to remove the entire bay leaf; this is a chocking hazard.

Step 3: In another saucepan, melt remaining 4 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour. Cook flour and butter mixture, stirring constantly until it begins to turn a golden color, about 1 minute or so until it forms a roux. Slowly whisk in chicken stock and milk. Bring to a simmer, stirring continuously until gravy begins to thickens, about 2 – 3 minutes.

Step 4: Add gravy, chicken, and frozen peas to the vegetables in the skillet.

Heart Shaped Chicken Pot Pie

Step 5: Stir mixute gently but thoroughly so it is completely combined. This is your filling.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Step 6: Pour entire mixture into casserole dish and top with one sheet of pie dough. Crimp the edges using your fingers.

Chicken Pot Pie Crust

Step 7: Place remaining sheet of pie dough onto a flour surface and use a knoife or a heart-shaped cokie cutter to cut out heart shapes.

Heart Shaped Chicken Pot Pie

Step 8: In a small bowl combine beaten egg with water and brush the top of the dough with egg wash.

Easy Valentine's Day Chicken Pot Pie

Step 9: Bake in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Note: If pie crush starts to get browned too quickly, cover the top loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.

Want more Valentine’s Day recipes?

Find more recipes form Christina Stanley at Take Back Your Table.