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Healthier Dairy-Free Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

This Dairy-Free Chicken Pot Pie recipe has all the comfort food vibes, flaky crust, tender chicken and vegetables, savory sauce but with none of the dairy. Every bite melts in your mouth!


Two serving bowls with chicken pot pie in them next to a casserole dish of chicken pot pie and a couple sprigs of rosemary.

As a girl who grew up in the Midwest, there’s just something about chicken pot pie that melts my heart. It’s just love. And it makes the house smell like Thanksgiving which is so incredible.

Chicken Pot Pie has the power to transport you to a happy place but its one downside, if you are lactose intolerant, is all the dairy. There’s butter in the crust and usually some form of milk or cream in the filling.

The good news? Lightening it up a bit by removing the milk from the filling can still get you that rich sauce, keep reading I’ll show you how!

What We Need To Make This Dairy-Free Chicken Pot Pie

All the ingredients to make dairy-free chicken pot pie including shredded chicken, flour, salt, crisp, frozen peas, and more.
  • All purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vegetable shortening. I used Crisco.
  • Beaten egg
  • Olive oil
  • Yellow Onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Dry vermouth or sherry or white wine
  • Chicken stock or broth
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Fresh herbs, like thyme, parsley, and rosemary
  • Frozen peas

How To Make It

step one

Make the crust. Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the cubed shortening and rub it into the flour mixture with your fingers or use a pasty cutter and cut it into the flour until the mixture resembles sand with a few large pebble pieces.

A glass bowl with the flour mixture to make the pie crust and little pieces of fat mixed in.

step two

Chill the dough. Add the ice water and mix with your hands until a dough starts to come together. Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 days in advance

A round of pie dough sitting on a white counter.

Thinking Ahead: This may seem pretty time consuming for the average weeknight meal, but I make the crust one, sometimes, two days in advance and leave it in my refrigerator until I’m ready to roll it out and bake. You can also assemble the whole thing (just don’t bake it) up to 8 hours in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake.

step three

Make the filling. Heat the oven to 400°F. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet (I like this one). Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and season with salt. Cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are starting to become tender, about 5 minutes.

A black pan on the stove filled with onions, carrots, celery, and garlic sautéing.

step four

Toast the flour. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir until it has coated the veggies. Cook, toasting the flour slightly then stir in the vermouth.

A black saute pan on the stove top with vegetables coated in flour sautéing on the stove.

step five

Add the broth. Add the shredded chicken, potatoes, chicken broth, measured amounts of salt and pepper, and thyme. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium and let simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly and the potatoes start to become tender around the edges, about 15 minutes. The sauce will still be fairly thin, that’s okay it will keep cooking in the oven.

A black pan filled with the filling to make dairy-free chicken pot pie including shredded chicken, vegetables, and more.

step six

Stir in the peas. Stir in the parsley and the peas. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.

A black pan filled with shredded chicken, potatoes, frozen peas, parsley, carrots, celery, broth, and onions.

step seven

Transfer to a baking dish. Ladle the filling into a 9×13-inch baking dish or similar. I used an oval one.

Two pans sitting on the stove. One black one and one white casserole dish with a ladle in it. Both pans have chicken pot pie filling.

step eight

Roll out the pie dough. On a lightly floured surface roll the pie dough out so it is big enough to cover your baking dish. I use my actual dish as a guide. If your dish is a rectangle, make it rectangular. If it is oval, make it oval, you get the idea. It should be about 1/2-1/4 inch thick.

The pie crust for the dairy-free chicken pot pie being rolled out on a wood counter next to a casserole of filling.

step nine

Top with crust.Top the baking dish with the dough and fold any excess dough underneath to create a lip. Pinch into a decorative pattern. Brush with beaten egg then top with fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme leaves if you want. Sage leaves would also be nice.

The finished dairy-free chicken pot pie sitting on a white counter ready to go in the oven topped with rosemary sprigs.

step eight

Bake. Place dish on a baking sheet to catch any drips and bake until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden, about 45 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

The finished, baked dairy-free chicken pot pie sitting on a wood cutting board on a gray counter top next to a spoon.

step nine

Serve. This chicken pot pie recipe will make you so happy! Serve warm with a nice crisp salad and a chilled glass of wine. Oh the luxury!

What To Serve With It?

Dairy-Free Chicken Pot Pie FAQ’s

A casserole dish filled with chicken pot pie next to two bowls next to a sprig of thyme and a bottle of wine.

Can I use raw chicken? Yes! absolutely. Dice the chicken and add it with the onions and carrots and other vegetables. I like using cooked chicken just for ease, but boneless, skinless breast of thighs would be fine.

How do I make this in one pot? If you have a shallow Dutch oven or other wide pot that works on the stove top and oven you can make this all in one dish. If you have a Le Creuset Braiser that would be perfect. I like to transfer the filling to a large casserole dish because I like a lot of surface area for my desired crust to filling ratio.

Why don’t you use dairy-free milk? Because I don’t think it needs it. If you want a creamier texture you can substitute some of the chicken broth for almond milk or coconut milk but I think their flavors would distract from the chickeny goodness.

Crisco freaks me out. Can I use something else? Yep, you can use other vegan shortenings (but those make my stomach upset) or coconut oil (but it makes the pastry hard to work with) or even lard (that would be the best substitute). Knock Crisco all you want but it make superior, ultra-flaky crust.

More Dairy-Free Recipes To Try!

  • Basic Pan-Fried Steak
  • Tomato and Rice Soup with Dill
  • Super Quick Hummus
  • Honey Mustard Snack Mix
  • Stir-Fried Orange Beef with Sesame Seeds
  • Pumpkin Walnut Cookies
  • Pasta with Almond Pesto and Green Beans

This Dairy-Free Chicken Pot Pie Recipe Comes Highly Recommended

By me! The flavor is so freakin delicious you won’t miss the dairy one bit. Promise. If you make it let me know how it goes by snapping a pic and tagging me on Instagram @katesbestrecipes  so I can see or leave me a comment below (don’t forget to leave a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating) !

A casserole dish of dairy-free chicken pot pie on a wood cutting board with a spoonful taken out of it and a spoon sitting in the space.

Chicken Pot Pie

Rich chicken and vegetable filling under a flaky crust, but made a bit healthier without any dairy at all.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 436kcal

Ingredients

for the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons frozen vegetable shortening cut into small pieces
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 large egg beaten

for the filling:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 carrots large dice
  • 2 celery stalks small dice
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth sherry or white wine
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth or stock
  • 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups peeled and diced Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsps chopped fresh thyme plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning

Instructions

for the crust:

  • Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender, or your fingers, cut shortening into dry ingredients until it is in pea-size pieces.
  • Drizzle in 4 tablespoons ice water and mix just until dough comes together. (Adding more water if necessary, but don’t overwork the dough.)
  • Shape dough into a flat disk, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 days.

for the filling:

  • Heat oven to 400°F and arrange rack in the middle. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, high-sided frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, carrots, and celery and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook, stirring constantly, a few minutes to allow flour to get slightly toasted. Add madiera and stir, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add chicken, broth, potato, measured salt and pepper and thyme and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are just beginning to become tender on the outside and broth has thickened slightly, about 15 minutes. Add peas and parsley and stir to incorporate. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Transfer mixture to a 9-x-13-inch baking dish and let cool while you roll out the dough.On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 10-x-14-inch rectangle and place over filling. Fold edges over themselves and create a decorative edge by pinching the dough together at intervals around the exterior.
  • Cut 8 or 9 slits into the top to vent the steam. Add a tablespoon of water to the beaten egg and brush egg wash over the top (see picture above).
  • Place in oven and bake until crust in golden brown and mixture is bubbling, about 45 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

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