This recipe is one that a co-worker of mine shared with me during my first year teaching. It is so, so easy, and my family loves it! I've shared with you several "busy mom" options for preparing the chicken for the pie. Enjoy!
2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, COOKED
4 deep dish frozen pie shells (Thaw 2 of the shells for approx. 10 minutes. These will serve as the top of your pies.)
16 oz. bag of frozen mixed vegetables
1 large can cream of chicken soup
Tony Chachere's seasoning, to taste
BOILED CHICKEN: If you have time, you can just boil the chicken before assembling the pie. Cut into small pieces. Mix with vegetables and cream of chicken soup. Season to taste. Fill two of the pie shells with the chicken mixture. Cover with the two thawed shells. Cut slits in the top and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until top crust is firm and golden brown.
CROCKPOT CHICKEN: This is my favorite method. In the morning, I place the chicken breasts in the crockpot with the can of cream of chicken soup. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. The chicken should easily tear apart before assembling the pie. Add your vegetables and seasoning, and follow the above directions to create the pies.
CROCKPOT/FREEZER CHICKEN: One of my blog followers suggested the following method for using pre-cooked chicken to create a fast, easy meal. Cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts in bulk in the crockpot. I use a can or two of chicken broth to keep them moist. When they are fully cooked, cut or shred the meat, and separate it into meal-sized portions in freezer bags for later use. Keep a supply of cooked chicken in the freezer at all times. Thaw in refrigerator the night before you need the meat. Assemble the pie as described above.
DELI ROTISSERIE CHICKEN: When you don't have time or forget to prepare for the meal in advance, you can run by your local grocery store on the way home from work and pick up a deli rotisserie chicken. These usually cost between $5-$6. Remove meat and follow the above directions to create the pies.
These methods can be applied to any recipe that requires chicken! It doesn't get any easier than this!