Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie

We had our first snowfall of the season yesterday.  I am not a fan of the cold, but it is an excuse to make soup.  I do love soup.

When I say I am making pot pie, it confuses most people.  Chances are you think I’m referring to a pie with chicken and gravy filling, like the type sold in the freezer section of the grocery store.  I’m not.  Those don’t involve a pot. People familiar with Pennsylvania Dutch cooking know pot pie is a soup.  It’s VERY similar to Cracker Barrel’s Chicken and Dumplings.  We all know that is misnamed as well.  Chicken and dumplings have balls of dough, not flat pieces.  Get with the program, people.

This recipe is one of my favorites.  It reminds me of my Grandmother and spending time with her in the kitchen.  I remember helping her roll out the noodles when I was very small.  Sometimes she would even let me pinch the squares into bows.  The small things make me smile.

I made this with broth and leftover chicken from my Crock Pot Chicken.  You could easily make stock using the method I explained in my chicken and waffles or chicken corn soup recipe.  You could also use packaged broth and leftover chicken breasts.  Whatever method is easier for you, use it!

Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie by Om Nomalicious

Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie

For Soup:

6 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Cups Shredded Chicken
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
4 Carrots, Chopped

For Noodles:

2 tsp Baking Powder
3 Cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Shortening or Butter
1/2 Cup Milk
Extra Flour For Rolling

Whisk together the baking powder, flour, and salt.  Cut in the shortening or butter.  You can use a pastry blender, fork, or your hands for this.  I usually just use my hands.  That’s the way my Grandmother did it.

Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie by Om Nomalicious

Mix in the milk, adding more milk or flour to solid, non-sticky consistency.

Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie by Om Nomalicious

Roll out on a floured surface.  It should be about 1/4 inch in thickness or less.  Cut the dough into squares.  They don’t have to be perfect.

Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie by Om Nomalicious

Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie by Om Nomalicious

Add the onions, carrots, and chicken to the broth and bring it to a boil.

Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie by Om Nomalicious

Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie by Om Nomalicious

Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie by Om Nomalicious

Once the broth is boiling, add the noodles a few at a time.  Make a layer at the top, then lightly push them down.  They’ll float when they’re fully cooked, so it’ll get harder to push them down towards the end of the batch.

Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie by Om Nomalicious

Let noodles cook for about 5 minutes, or until they’re all floating.

Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie by Om Nomalicious


Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie by Om Nomalicious

The best thing about this recipe is how versatile it is.  Ham pot pie?  Delicious.  Turkey pot pie is AMAZING with Thanksgiving leftovers.  You can add celery, leave out the carrots, anything.  Mix it up depending on what you have on hand.

For a printable version of this recipe, click here!!

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"I have learned to keep to myself how exceptional I am." ~Mason Cooley I'm a married stay at home mom living in Southern New Jersey. I have one daughter, one son, and three furbabies. I love to cook. I love to craft. I love to sew. I just.... love to create in general. I also am pretty fond of adventuring, of exploring new places. I'm shy when I first meet people, but once I'm comfortable with them, you can't shut me up. I'm crazy and silly. I have an unhealthy obsession with dinosaurs.
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20 Responses to Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie

  1. Ha! Your Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie looks exactly (without the carrots) our chicken and dumplings – only ours is not as soupy. I’ll have to make some and make a post – It’s funny how foods are called different things in different parts of the country, isn’t it?

    • pamasaurus says:

      To me, chicken and dumplings have balls of dough, not flat noodles 😉 It really is funny how different areas have different names for things!

  2. Jecca says:

    I was thinking the same thing as Kelli, it’s a lot like Chicken and dumplings.. I think this would be one of my favorite things you make.

    • pamasaurus says:

      lol. To me, dumplings are round, balls of dough. Haha, balls.

      I’d totally make this for you 😉 Just come to Jersey!

  3. mhdriver says:

    Pam, in the South that is kind how they make chicken and dumblings but having been from the New York originaly chicken and dumblings are made a ball of dough and boiled at the end of the cooking by dropping the dough into the chicken broth and allowing them to rise. Tha

  4. mhdriver says:

    I must have hit the enter key. That is how I remember it. No matter which way you make it – it is good

    • pamasaurus says:

      It’s like that saying, ‘a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet.’ This is delicious no matter what you call it 😉 Thanks!

  5. That sounds mm mm good! And, yes, in my experience dumplings are big round balls.

  6. LOL! Yes, dumplings are round & pot pie involves a pot!! (So happy to find a sister in the Foodie OCD club, LOL!)

    The recipe looks really yummy! The noodles will break down and thicken it up if you cook it low and slow for a good long time, too. Then you just need to add more noodles when you want to eat it. 😀

    • pamasaurus says:

      Yes! It is nice to find people with similar naming compulsions 😉

      Another thing that will thicken it is when the flour sticks to the noodles. For some reason, it didn’t with this batch. I made it again last night, and it was nice and thick! Oh well. It’d delicious both ways!

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  8. stylewaffle says:

    Thank you, I think this looks gorgeous and I will give it a bash!

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  11. Amanda says:

    I love this recipe, the one passed down from my family is a wee bit different. We actually cook the chicken covered in water then use the left over water to cook the remainder of the recipe the same. I always loved “giving the chicken a spa treatment” as my grandma used to say haha

    • pamasaurus says:

      I think every family has a variation, but it’s good no matter how you do it! Thanks for stopping by!

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