Pennsylvania Chicken Pot Pie
The best chicken pot pie comes from Lancaster County. And this Pennsylvania Dutch chicken pot pie recipe is a uniquely Lancaster County recipe with homemade pot pie noodles.
Chicken Pot Pie Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County is a beautiful place to visit. It has lots of open farmland and is home to many Amish and Mennonites. Many of the farms and homesteads are neatly manicured and well taken care of.
Most of the Amish and Mennonites in that area pride themselves in keeping their farms in top-notch attractive condition, with beautiful flower gardens and landscaping all around them.
The ladies also pride themselves on serving top-quality delicious homemade food. Most of them spend a lot of time in the kitchen and are amazing cooks.
Lancaster County is also well known for some unique recipes. They serve some foods that you won’t find in too many other places. Shoo-fly pie is one of those unique recipes (Click here for recipe). And Pennsylvania chicken pot pie is another one of those dishes you won’t find in too many other places.
Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie
I grew up eating Amish chicken pot pie quite frequently, and I always associated it with a brothy noodle dish. It equals the perfect comfort food!
But one day, I was hanging out with an Amish friend from Holmes County, Ohio. And she said she was going to make chicken pot pie for our dinner. I was surprised when she proceeded to make pie crust and discovered she was making what we called chicken pie. It was not chicken pot pie crustless.
What is the difference between chicken pot pie and chicken pie?
Well, the answer to that question is in its name. Chicken pot pie is made in a pot instead of a pie pan. They both contain a lot of the same ingredients: chicken, broth, vegetables, flour, etc. However, chicken pie has a thicker broth filling (gravy) inside a pie crust. And chicken pot pie has more of a soup consistency with lots of delicious homemade pot pie noodles.
As a teenager, I worked in the deli kitchen at a local grocery store. We made chicken pot pie and chicken pies. They were both great sellers and are pretty popular dishes in that area.
Chicken and waffles (simply chicken in gravy served over warm waffles) is another well-known dish in Lancaster County.
How to make PA Dutch pot pie noodles
Making the pot pie noodles Amish is really very easy. Whisk the eggs in a bowl, add water and salt. Mix. Add flour and mix until it all comes together in a ball.
Sprinkle a thin layer of flour onto a clean spot on your countertop. Place your dough on the flour and spread out a bit with your hands. Lift the dough and sprinkle more flour underneath and sprinkle flour over the top as well.
Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it’s fairly thin. I hadn’t made this dish in a little while and remembered that I left it too thick the last time. So I rolled it about as thin as I could get it. But sadly, this time it was too thin for my taste. Next time I’ll get it just right! 🙂 But I would say roll the dough to somewhere around an eighth inch thick.
If your dough wants to keep sticking to the countertop, just lift the edges and sprinkle more flour underneath.
After you have it rolled to the desired thickness, use a pizza cutter and slice it into about one and a half-inch strips in both directions, to make little pot pie noodle squares.
Pot pie noodles Pennsylvania Dutch
I start by mixing my dough for the noodles first, then cover and set aside.
In a large cooking pot, melt a tablespoon of butter, add the minced garlic clove, onion (if desired), and carrots. Saute over medium heat for a minute or two. Add water and broth, bring to a boil.
While you are waiting for this to boil, roll out your dough and cut it into squares. Once your broth has come to a full boil, add the noodle squares. It may take a minute or two to get them all into the pot, as you don’t want to just dump them in. You want to make sure that each noodle hits the boiling water. If you throw a whole clump in at a time, they will stick together. You may need to use a spoon and push some of them aside as you add new ones.
Let it gently boil for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add peas, potatoes, chicken, and seasonings. Continue to boil for another ten minutes. (If your noodles are extra thick you may need to boil a few additional minutes.)
Making a flour and water paste
Meanwhile, put the flour into a cup, make a thin paste by slowly adding a little warm water, as you’re vigorously stirring with a fork or whisk. (If you add too much water without stirring enough it will get lumpy. But if you add only a little water, immediately stirring to make a paste, and then keep adding water until it’s a liquid consistency, it should not get lumpy.
Or you can mix your flour and water in a gravy shaker. My mom-in-law always uses one of these to make her gravy thickener. I never found the need for using one, as I have mixed my gravy paste in a cup or bowl all my life and it usually doesn’t get lumpy. But if you haven’t learned the trick to getting your thickener nice and smooth, you may want to try a gravy shaker. Tupperware has a well-loved one – I’m listing a link here, in case you’re needing one…
Once your homemade pot pie noodles have cooked for about twenty minutes, slowly add the flour paste as you’re stirring to thicken it a bit. It only needs to boil for another minute, then it should be done and ready to eat. And there you have chicken pot pie PA Dutch style!
This chicken pot pie can be served as a one-dish meal, or you can add a side salad. Homemade biscuits are also yummy served with this chicken pot pie (recipe here), if you’re not too worried about eating a lot of carbs. 🙂
This is the best PA Dutch chicken pot pie recipe!
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Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
- 7 c. water
- 3 – 4 c. chicken broth
- 1 Tbs. butter
- 1 c. carrots, cut into small bite sized pieces
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 Tbs. chopped onion, optional
- 1 1/2 – 2 c. potatoes, cut into bite sized chunks
- 1 c. green peas
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3/4 tsp. seasoning salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 – 1 1/2 c. chopped, cooked chicken
- 1 1/2 – 2 Tbs. flour and enough water to make a paste
For the noodle dough:
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1/2 c. water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 c. flour
- If you don't already have some cooked chicken, you will need to cook chicken.
Making the noodle dough:
- Beat eggs in a small bowl. Add water and salt. Mix.
- Add flour and mix until it comes together in a ball. If it seems too sticky just add a bit more flour.
- Cover and set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Making the chicken pot pie:
- Put butter in a large cooking pot. Add minced garlic, onion (if desired) and carrots. Saute over medium high heat for a minute or two.
- Add water and broth to pot, and bring to a boil.
- As you're waiting for this to come to a boil, flour your surface and roll out your dough to about 1/8" thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut your dough into about 1 1/2" squares.
- Drop your dough into the boiling water/broth, making sure each piece hits the boiling liquid. If you pile to many in at once they will stick together. Stir.
- Boil the noodles for 15 – 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add potatoes, peas, chicken, and seasonings. Boil for another 12 – 15 minutes.
- Make a paste with flour and water to slightly thicken the broth.
- When your chicken pot pie is finished cooking, slowly add your flour paste, stirring to get it incorporated. Boil for about 1 more minute.