Lucky for you, I twisted my incredibly talented mother-in-law’s arm to share a few of her easy peasy recipes. They are truly amazing and truly EASY! Win win! Leave her some comment love and I’d bet I can get her to come back again soon. ;) Take it away Dianne…

Easy Peasy Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Not long ago I realized that I rarely had the time to create the amazing gourmet meals that I so admired from all the cooking channels (yes, I’m addicted) and pinned on Pinterest (likewise, an addict)…so I began joking around with some friends about my collection of recipes that could be made in 10 minutes or less…and I even have one that I have put together in the car on the way to an event, when I had completely forgotten that I was supposed to bring an appetizer. After serving these foods in multiple situations, I came to the realization that easy can be just as satisfying as gourmet—and most of the time I really, really need easy! Yes, there is more than one recipe—and, no, I’m not going to share all at once—you’ll have to try this one—and, if you’re hooked, then you can bet that the next one will be just as easy…life is short…so I’m pretty much determined to keep it Easy Peasy! *Thank you, Tyler, age 7, for coming up with the perfect name for this and all other Easy Peasy recipes! 

True story…it’s 5:45 on a weekday…I’ve just changed into my relaxing clothes (translation: nothing fit for human eyes) when I get a phone call from my husband. He hopes it’s okay that he just invited 3 total strangers to our house for dinner at 6:30! This is where you find yourself thinking about your options—

1) Order take out, eat in, and pretend that you whip up General Tsao’s Chicken just about any day of the week and it, amazingly, comes with eggrolls and fortune cookies at your house…

2) Order take out and admit that you’re just a little too busy to cook a decent meal at home…sadly, my pride and vanity usually won’t allow me to do this…

3) Swallow the pride and vanity and decide which restaurant you’re all going to go to!

But, my husband knows me well—and he also knows that I always—and I do mean ALWAYS—keep the ingredients for one of my favorite dishes on hand for any occasion—unexpected dinner guests, births, deaths, family gatherings, anything in between. In less than an hour I can have an appetizer, a main course, a salad, and a dessert ready for company—because I have learned to focus on “easy.” I love to cook—but many times my cooking is not a result of hours spent preparing a meal so much as starving people wanting food within the hour!

There will be multiple disclaimers with this and every Easy Peasy recipe—if you choose a different route, you will definitely veer away from Easy Peasy and into the realms of long preparation times and possible frustrations.Remember, this is supposed to be easy…not stressful!

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The pictures really explain the whole process. Dump cans, mix cans, bake. EASY! shelley easy chicken pot pie (2) shelley easy chicken pot pie (3) shelley easy chicken pot pie (5) shelley easy chicken pot pie (6) shelley easy chicken pot pie (8) shelley easy chicken pot pie (7) shelley easy chicken pot pie (12) shelley easy chicken pot pie (11) shelley easy chicken pot pie (9)

 

Easy Peasy* Chicken Pot Pie (AKA Omigosh, You Have To Give Me The Recipe For This!)

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Easy Peasy* Chicken Pot Pie (AKA Omigosh, You Have To Give Me The Recipe For This!)

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 cans of white meat chicken (Disclaimer #1: Yes, I know you can cook your own chicken and youcan shred your own store bought rotisserie chicken—but don’t plan on being done in less than an hour.)
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cans sliced carrots (Disclaimer #2: Yep, you can peel, slice, and cook your own carrots—and dinner will be ready sometime in the next 2 hours.)
  • 2 cans LeSeuer petite English peas (Disclaimer #3: I never buy anything else because I am a petite English pea snob—no, I’m not petite or English—I’m a snob about petite English peas!)
  • 2 cans diced potatoes (Disclaimer #4: See disclaimer #2)
  • 1 handful of frozen chopped onions (Disclaimer#: See disclaimer #2, and you have no idea how handy it is to just have packages of frozen and chopped onions in your freezer—either purchased or prepared by your loving hands.)
  • Salt and Pepper (a few good shakes of each)
  • 1 package of refrigerator crescent rolls

Instructions

  1. Use a 9 X 13 baking dish—open chicken and dump into the dish, juice and all. Smash and semi-shred the chicken pieces with a fork—do not take any longer than 30 seconds to do this—it’s not the time to be a perfectionist!
  2. Next, add the soup – do not dilute! Stir chicken and soup together. Open all vegetable cans, drain, and dump into dish. Throw in onions at this point—and, if you know the kids won’t eat it with onions in it, just leave them out.
  3. Mix all ingredients together. Don't forget to add a little salt and pepper.
  4. Open the crescent rolls and quickly roll with a rolling pin to make one long crust (that might add a minute to your prep time), or you can just take the individual rolls out and stretch them to reach across the dish and you’re done!
  5. Bake at 350 for approximately 25-30 minutes until the rolls are brown and crispy.
http://www.howdoesshe.com/easy-peasy-chicken-pot-pie-casserole-introducing-the-easy-peasy-cooking-series-10-minutes-or-less/

 

The upside of this dish: you have time to straighten the living room, give the bathroom a once over, and change back into human clothing before the meal is ready—possibly doing all this at the speed of light—

but succeeding, nonetheless.

Bet you’re wondering what I serve with this…uh…yes, there’s an amazing Easy Peasy appetizer that is over-the-top addictive and savory, not sweet. And, there is an Easy Peasy salad that goes with this main

dish. And, wait—there’s more…an Easy Peasy dessert, too—that is a request item from repeat diners at my kitchen counter.

Easy Peasy Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

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COMMENTS
  1. October 21st, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    Zoe says:
    Sounds great. I've never used canned chicken, but I"m all for easy! Would it work just as well if you used frozen peas/carrots/potatoes? Also, what do you think about using a second package of crescent rolls for a bottom crust? Thanks!
    • October 22nd, 2013 at 1:16 pm
      Dianne Coates says:
      I wouldn't try a bottom crust with the crescent rolls--they would have to be cooked before you put them in--they will get super soggy if they are on the bottom--and that may be a personal choice but I just kinda sorta gag a little if I encounter a bottom crust that's just mushy, soggy dough. Sadly, that is what happens to crescent rolls if they are covered with anything--don't even cover the dish after you take it out of the over because any steam with immediately soak into the top crust, making it a little gross! (Can you tell I might have learned all these little lessons the hard way? Trial and error are certainly super teaching tools!) This one recipe has been a life changer for me, though--and everyone loves it when I make it--even the picky eaters!
  2. October 21st, 2013 at 4:05 pm
    kate says:
    Pretty sure this was an answer to a prayer today. Thanks for helping me "make' dinner tonight!
  3. October 21st, 2013 at 4:48 pm
    Penny says:
    Mmmm.....it looks yummy! And super easy! I'm going to give it a try. Thanks!
  4. October 21st, 2013 at 7:54 pm
    Nicolette says:
    Oh, I am totally a Dianne fan...a Diafan! This looks so yummy, can't wait to try. Can I request that delectable cream cheese toffee dip next???!
  5. October 22nd, 2013 at 3:51 am
    Myra says:
    Wow.This sounds too YUMMYYY!!! Thanks a lot for the giveaway.
  6. October 22nd, 2013 at 10:42 am
    Karen says:
    This is wonderful - thank you for sharing! When will you be posting the other 3 Easy Peasy Recipes?
  7. October 22nd, 2013 at 1:39 pm
    Brenda says:
    I love it! Looks delish!
  8. October 22nd, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    Stacey says:
    Thank you!! I need all the easy-peasy dinner ideas I can get. This looks wonderful. I hope you will share more.

    Stacey
  9. October 22nd, 2013 at 2:26 pm
    Julia says:
    All I can think right now is OMG I love you and thanks! I know what I'm making for dinner. From, the girl who hates to cook, is always short on time, yet wants to feed her kids something yummy and home cooked. Thank you!
  10. October 22nd, 2013 at 4:16 pm
    Molly says:
    This sounds great! I've never used canned versions of most of these ingredients so thank you for the recommendation on what type of peas to get. I'll definitely try it!

    Are there any more of your easy peasy recipes on the site yet? As a work from home mom, dinner usually has to happen fast, or it ends up being toast and leftovers!
  11. October 22nd, 2013 at 8:45 pm
    Sherry says:
    I have all, but the onions, in my cabinet's right now!!!!!! I know what's for lunch tomorrow.....thanks for sharing, can't wait for the next installment! THANKS for the idea. Can't wait to try it.
  12. October 23rd, 2013 at 7:18 am
    Sally says:
    Thanks for the great idea. I will have to try this. Sounds delicious.
  13. October 24th, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    Lauren says:
    Can't WAIT to make this. On the menu for next week FOR SURE. Dianne is the QUEEN of getting a million things done in five minutes. I need her to do another post on the art of multitasking or time management. ;) Can't wait for more in the Easy Peasy series!
  14. October 24th, 2013 at 3:37 pm
    Mel says:
    What temp?
    • October 26th, 2013 at 9:31 pm
      Shelley says:
      Bake at 350. Sorry! Just added to the recipe.
  15. October 24th, 2013 at 4:52 pm
    Anna says:
    Just picked up all the ingredients to make this for dinner tonight after an embarrassingly long string of nights eating out (I've had ZERO motivation to cook until seeing this recipe!), and I'm just now realizing there's no temp in the recipe! I'm assuming 350 and that's what I'll try tonight, but I just wanted to make sure I had it right!
    • October 26th, 2013 at 9:31 pm
      Shelley says:
      Bake at 350. Sorry! Just added to the recipe.
  16. October 24th, 2013 at 6:21 pm
    jenn_v says:
    Hi!
    What temperature did you set the oven?
    • October 26th, 2013 at 9:32 pm
      Shelley says:
      Bake at 350. Sorry! Just added to the recipe.
  17. October 26th, 2013 at 7:32 pm
    Stacy Holmes says:
    Can't wait to try this out...it sounds really good. With two kids in school and work keeping me busy throughout the day...I need these easy peasy meal ideas. Really looking forward to the next installment! Thanks a million for sharing!
  18. October 28th, 2013 at 7:44 am
    Courtney says:
    Made this last week. It's as easy as it sounds and really is so delicious. Even as leftovers! My husband was quite skeptical when I brought home all the cans of vegetables, but even he said it was really good. I will definitely keep all the ingredients on hand and this will become our unplanned dinner go-to! Can't wait for the other easy peasy meals!
  19. October 28th, 2013 at 9:38 am
    Nancy says:
    Easy will get noR arguments from me! My dad used to dump cans & cook too so it's a familiar concept, and a welcomed memory. I am obliged however, to add one cautionary caveat: Canned foods are notoriously high in sodium & sometimes fat. This may be an issue for anyone with high blood pressure or heart disease; it is definitely habit forming for kids, setting their palates for salt, and boy, is that a killer habit to break! (Personal experience from a salt lovin' babyboomer) Fortunately the canned food industry is catching on and we can spend our time label reading, stocking our pantries with lo sodium ingredients and still enjoy the luxury of easy peasy dinners. Thankyou again for your recipe-I eagerly await those that follow!
  20. November 6th, 2013 at 8:27 am
    Kimberly says:
    Where do we get the easy peasy side dish and dessert?!!
  21. September 11th, 2014 at 8:55 pm
    Jules says:
    I make it very similar, but instead of canned veggies I use mixed frozen ones, which we prefer to eat. You can microwave them to defrost them for quicker cooking time.
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