White Chicken Chili Pot Pie

Brrrr…. It’s like 38 degrees outside. It was just 80 yesterday.

IMGP2 copy Have I told y’all how much I despise winter? I hate it with a passion you wouldn’t believe. It’s depressing. Actually, hate isn’t even a strong enough word for me to use. I dread it more than going to the dentist, which is saying a lot.

Probably the only thing I like about it is the excuse to make soups and chili and chowders.

IMGP6158 Yes, it’s 5 am in Birmingham in early November, which means that in three days the high will be 80 with a low of 60, only to be blindsided by a forecast of “possible flurries” next week.

You don’t know whether to bundle up and brace for the cold or wear capris and a tee. Actually, the worst part about our weather is that you can potentially do both in the same damn day.

It’s such a pain in the ass.

It’s called OIA (Only In Alabama), which means that we have the most crazy weather probably in the entire country. We don’t get the traditional “White Christmas” like you see in the movies, nor do we have consistently warm weather. I remember wearing shorts running around outside when I was 9 or 10 on Christmas Eve. That being said, you never know when a random ice storm could show up and wreck the shit out of your world. Because here, we aren’t prepared. Nope. Not even in the least. Ice and snow storms have come and gone here randomnly since the beginning of time but Birmingham seems to think that we don’t need to take precautions for when they show (think Blizzard of 1993). They just want to shut the whole damn city down if a snow flake is spotted. And keep the newscasters on all.damn.day. talking about what snow flake was spotted where.

Did I just ramble? I think I did. Let’s get back to food.

IMGP6130 This is one of my favorite things to make when it’s cold outside. Just like my salsas and dips, I make lots of different versions of this and tend to ad lib depending on my mood, but this one is tried and true. I just recently added the pie crust, making it a “pot pie”. It gives it great texture, and I put a layer of cheese underneath the crust that melts while it’s baking.

Here’s the printable-

White Chicken Chili Pot Pie

White Chicken Chili Pot Pie


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Rosemary sprigs (optional)
  • Fritos, sour cream, jalapenos and more cheese for serving


  • Heat oil over medium heat and add onion; saute for 3 minutes, stirring to keep from sticking.
  • Add chicken, taco seasoning, ranch and chicken broth, beans and corn. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low and cover.
  • Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray ramekins with nonstick cooking spray and pour enough soup into each one slightly full and top each with about a tablespoon of shredded cheese.
  • Cut pie crusts in circles slightly bigger than the ramekins.
  • Cover ramekin tops with crusts, sealing around the edges.
  • Brush with egg wash and top with a sprig of Rosemary (optional!).
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Serve with Fritos, sour cream, jalapenos and more cheese.
  • p.s. If my soups are too thin, I whisk together 1 tbsp of all purpose flour with 1/4 cup of water and add to the soup, increase the heat a little to make it simmer for a minute and stir until thick. The thickness of the soup depends on lots of variables, but this is something that always works for me. You may not need it, but I wanted to throw that in there in case you do!

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  1. This looks and sounds amazing! Great photos as well. Thanks for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s party:
    http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/11/make-it-pretty-monday-week-120.html Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
    Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse recently posted..Make it Pretty Monday – Week 120

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