Easy as Chicken Pot Pie – AIP, Paleo AND Lower Carb

Comfort. Food.

Two words that enter my mind more often than they used to before going all Autoimmune Paleo. And now even more so as I have decided to take my AIP experience to the extreme level and low-carb it as well.

Yes, its easy to reheat some batch-cooked meat, add in a green veggie or two, and call it a meal. I’m totally not against that.

But sometimes, a gal needs some CHICKEN POT PIE. And she needs to stick to her dietary restrictions…for the most part.

Made lower carb with a shortbread-like coconut flour crust.

There are a plethora of AIP pie crust recipes that have sweet potato, plantain, yucca, arrowroot starch and other carb-laden goodies for the base binder ingredient. I definitely want to EAT THEM ALL when I’m done with my low-carb-craze. For now, though, I need to find something on the less-starchy side.

So I searched for a coconut flour pot pie crust, and a few popped up…but this one by Pretty in Primal *ding*ding*ding*ding*ding!!* is the winning crust.

I changed the filling up because I was tired of mushrooms yesterday and I wanted to cut back on the carrots…for carb’s sake. I also tried cooking the filling in the microwave DIRECTLY IN THE CASSEROLE DISH for 6 minutes instead of on the stovetop…and it worked out perfectly. So if you need a shortcut, feel free to nuke it before you bake it.

The crust is thin, but because it is dense coconut flour, you won’t notice! Its similar to shortbread. (Ever tried eating a thick, dense coconut flour cookie without a drink? Yeah…didn’t work out so well did it? I know from my own crumbly-dry-mouth experiences. Yes, I ate more than one of those cookies. I ate the whole batch I’m pretty sure. *le sigh*)

So, *ahem* ANYHOO…the thin crust works amazingly, especially with this creamy, delicious awesomeness of a gravy!

You know you want some of this. Like, now. YUM!!

Check out this recipe, and other delicious AIP recipes at Phoenix Helix's Recipe Roundtable!
Check out this recipe, and other delicious AIP recipes at Phoenix Helix’s Recipe Roundtable!
Easy as Chicken Pot Pie - AIP, Paleo, Lower Carb
Serves 4
Made lower carb with a buttery shortbread-like coconut flour crust!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cup Cooked chicken, torn or diced into bite sized pieces (canned works well in a pinch!)
  2. 2 cup Normandy vegetables, thawed
  3. 1 Tb Lard, pastured
  4. 1/2 Sweet onion, diced
  5. 1 stalk celery, diced
  6. 2 clove Garlic, pressed
  7. 1 1/2 cup Palm shortening, organic -or- Lard, pastured
  8. 1 Tb Gelatin, pastured
  9. 1/2 cup Bone broth, chicken
  10. 1 cup Coconut milk, full fat canned
  11. 2 Tb Arrowroot starch
  12. 1/2 tsp Rosemary, dried
  13. 1/2 tsp Marjoram, dried
  14. 1/4 tsp Mace, ground
  15. 1 tsp Himalayan salt
Crust
  1. 1/2 cup Coconut flour
  2. 2 Tb Arrowroot starch
  3. 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  4. 1/2 tsp Nutritional yeast, optional
  5. 1/2 cup Palm shortening, organic, melted
  6. 3 Tb Water
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325. Place chicken and Normandy vegetables in an 8" Pyrex baking dish.
  2. In medium pot, saute onions and celery in lard over medium heat until softened slightly.
  3. In a medium stainless mixing bowl, quickly whisk gelatin into bone broth. When dissolved, whisk in coconut milk, and then the arrowroot slurry. Stir in garlic, seasonings and salt.
  4. Pour liquid mixture into onion mixture, stir well, then bring to a simmer. Pour sauce into chicken-Normandy blend. Toss gently.
  5. For the crust, mix dry ingredients well in a small bowl. Whisk in melted shortening, then the water. It will transform from a liquid into a soft, gently-moldable, crumbly dough.
  6. With your hands, gently pat silver-dollar sized pieces into shape and place them one by one on top of pot pie filling. It will look like little flat biscuits or cookies on top. Its OK if it doesn't look perfect!
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or til bubbling, thickened, and just barely golden brown on top.
Notes
  1. ***This recipe does have a coconut flavor due to the coconut flour and the coconut milk, but you could cut back on that by using more bone broth in place of the coconut milk***
Adapted from Pretty in Primal
Adapted from Pretty in Primal
The Unskilled Cavewoman http://www.theunskilledcavewoman.com/

6 Comments Add yours

  1. This sounds soooo good! You have me craving this chicken pot pie like nobody’s business. Good job!!

    1. Hello Andrea, thanks for stopping by hun! I hope you can give the recipe a try soon and enjoy some comfort food.
      I try to limit my bread-substitute intake…but when I do indulge, it usually has gravy with it too! 😉

  2. Andrea says:

    This looks delicious. Do you think I could sub coconut oil for the lard? I can’t have pork.

    1. Thank you Andrea. Yes, you could sub coconut oil, but the texture may be a bit more crumbly. I recommend using organic palm shortening in place of the lard if you would like the crust to have that “shortbread” like texture. Here is a link to the ones I use if you would like to scope them out: Spectrum Organic Shortening — 24 oz

      And…thank you for your question, as I meant to include shortening as a lard substitute, but forgot! (This was my first recipe post… ;-)) I’m going to update it now!

      1. Andrea says:

        Cool, thank you. I have some shortening, that does sound better than the coconut oil. Thank you!

        1. Wonderful! You’re very welcome.

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