Millennial Grocery Guide
Chicken Pot Pie
How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store, by order that you'd usually purchase them (starting in produce, then meat, heading to the dry goods section and then to the freezer aisle). There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet).
About Millennial Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!
*These are items you should have on hand in your pantry. If not, make sure to add them to your grocery list! I don't put them into the detailed grocery guide because they are pretty self-explanatory. Check out my other Millennial Staples noted in the grocery guide below for an idea of what additional items you could always have on hand in your kitchen.
- 5 tablespoons flour
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- 3 tablespoons oil (olive or canola work well)
- 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme $ Thyme is what gives pot pie that home-cooked, comfort food feel that smells like your mom's cooking. I love fresh thyme in salad dressings too, so it's easy to use the rest of the box. Substitute: 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2-3 carrots $ I usually buy a bag of carrots for snacking with dip, but you'll only need 2-3 for this recipe.
- 1 small yellow onion $ Millennial Pantry Staple
- 1 medium-sized red potato $ Make sure to choose a red potato - it's just the right level of starchiness for this filling.
- 1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts $$ Depending on how much chicken you want to pack into your pot pie, you can go with either 1 or 2 chicken breasts. I usually use 1 because it's a good way to save a bit of money. Millennial Freezer Staple Substitute: Shredded rotisserie chicken (See my 7 reasons why you should always have a rotisserie chicken in your fridge)
- 1 cup chicken broth $ You can add a little more broth if you'd like a more soupy filling. Since this recipe won't use all of the broth, I keep the extra in my fridge and make sure my meal plan includes a recipe to use the rest within a week or so. You can also freeze chicken broth (try freezing in ice cube trays or muffin tins) Substitute: Vegetable broth
- 1 sheet puff pastry $$ Puff pastry comes in a pacakge of 2 sheets, so you'll just need 1 for this recipe. Make sure you thaw it on the counter for about 15 minutes beforehand to ensure even cooking. Check out the recipe back for some ideas of how to use that last sheet of puff pastry - it will store for months in the freezer, but my guess is you'll want to make something buttery, flaky, and delicious with it much sooner than that, like maybe my 3-Ingredient Baked Brie
- 1 cup frozen peas $ Since you'll have extra, you can easily store the remaining peas in the freezer for a future meal (like more pot pie or quinoa fried rice)
- 1/4 cup milk $ Substitute: Half & half, heavy cream, light cream, non-dairy milk. The type of dairy isn't super important here, you just want to make sure it has some creaminess to the filling.