I don’t know about you guys, but chicken pot pie is my ultimate comfort food. If I had my way I would probably eat the entire thing by myself. Just give me a fork and let me have at it! The only downside to this delicious dish is the massive amount of fat and calories in it due to the pie crust and the creamy filling. I know this is what makes it delicious, but what if there was a way to trim down those calories and still have it taste amazing! Here is where Green Chile Chicken Pot Pie enters.
This is no ordinary chicken pot pie, nope this is chicken pot pie with a spicy southwest twist. As you may already know from previous recipes, I have a slight obsession with Hatch roasted green chiles. I’ve been stocking up on them and freezing them so that I have them all winter long. Earlier this week I was craving Mexican food and chicken pot pie, so I thought why not combine them!
To make the filling for the chicken pot pie I started with my usual recipe that calls for onion sautéed in a little butter and oil. I then added flour, chicken broth, and skim milk. The skim milk is my secret to keeping the filling low fat. From this point, everything about the recipe changes. Instead of just adding salt, pepper, and a little poultry seasoning, I added chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. When the sauce had thickened I added in the cooked diced chicken, and instead of carrots, celery, and green beans, I used the Hatch roasted green chiles and corn. The filling was perfectly thick, creamy, and spicy, without being heavy with fat and calories from using cream.
Next it was time to make the crumbly topping for this pot pie. This is the second way that I cut out some fat and calories. Instead of using a pie crust, which don’t get me wrong is delicious, I opted to make a biscuit like crumbly topping. To make the topping a little more wholesome I used a combination of whole wheat and all purpose flour and to cut the fat I used only 2 tablespoons of butter and skim milk instead of cream. To keep with the southwest theme I added chili powder and a couple tablespoons of finely shredded cheddar cheese. Once the biscuit mixture was all combined, I broke the dough up into small pieces and spread it out on a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. I let it bake for about 10 minutes and then placed the baked biscuit crumbles on top of the filling. I finished off the Green Chile Chicken Pot Pie by baking if for another 10 minutes until it was heated through. This pot pie was the perfect variation of my favorite comfort food lightened up and with a spicy kick added in thanks to those delicious Hatch roasted green chiles! I know this dish will be making many appearances in our house over the cold months ahead and hopefully it will be making an appearance in your home as well!
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