Belly-warming comfort food for cold days: Keto chicken pot pie is large on flavor and surprisingly easy to make. These single serve pies have a creamy chicken filling and a crispy crust. Instructions for one large pie included!
I’ve been wanting to make a good pot pie for a while. Now that the weather has turned cold, a comforting low carb chicken pot pie seemed the perfect dinner recipe to nourish our tummies and our souls.
I divided this recipe into single serve pots, because it is a lot less messy when serving. Individual pots are easy to keep in the fridge and still look pretty the next day.
However, you can make one large pie with this recipe if you've been dreaming of that.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Creamy, tasty chicken and bacon filling
- Crispy, flaky pie topping
- Satisfying dinner, perfect for cold days
- Ready in just 40 minutes
- Gluten-free and keto friendly, only 7.9g net carbs
- Easy recipe!
Here are the ingredients you'll need:
- Chicken. Both chicken breast and chicken thighs work. Thigh meat is cheaper than breast and has more flavor.
- Bacon. For better flavor. I used streaky smoked bacon, but lardons or back bacon are both fine as well.
- Butter. This can be replaced with olive oil.
- Vegetables. Carrot, celery, leeks.
- Herbs and spices. Garlic, salt, pepper, thyme. Fresh garlic tastes better than garlic powder.
- For the sauce: Chicken broth, heavy cream and cream cheese.
- For the crust: Shredded mozzarella, cream cheese and almond flour, plus an egg for brushing the top.
(This section contains step by step instructions and photos that show how to make this recipe. Find the recipe card with ingredient amounts and nutritional information at the bottom of the post.)
1.) Heat butter or oil in a large skillet and fry the chicken and bacon until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
2.) Sauté the chopped vegetables with garlic and thyme over a medium heat until tender.
3.) Add the cream cheese, cream, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring the sauce to the boil, then simmer.
4.) Return the cooked bacon and chicken back into the pan and remove from the heat.
5.) For the crust, microwave the mozzarella and cream cheese in a bowl until melted. Or, melt in a non-stick pan over a low heat.
6.) Add the almond flour and stir or knead until you have a smooth dough.
7.) Place the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll out. Use the top of the pot pie dish to cut out a circle. Re-roll the scraps to make more tops.
8.) Spoon the pot pie filling into the pots. Top with the crust and seal the edges. Pierce the tops twice with a knife so the air can escape.
9.) Whisk the egg and brush the keto pot pie tops. Then, bake until the crust is crispy and golden.
If the pie dough gets too cold and hard to work with, reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop. This makes it nice and soft.
To thicken the filling further, whisk in an optional ½ teaspoon of xanthan gum.
No. Most contain potatoes, which are high in carbs. Also, the sauce is often thickened with flour. Above all, regular pies have a pastry crust made with wheat flour. To make a keto chicken pot pie, the crust needs to be low carb, such as the fathead crust I am using in this recipe.
Yes. Instead of frying chicken pieces, you can add any cooked and shredded chicken such as rotisserie chicken to the sauce.
For a topping that does not need to be rolled out, use the recipe for my almond flour biscuits. Dollop the biscuit topping on top of pie with a tablespoon and add optional grated cheddar cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and baked through.
Yes. Simply use a large pie dish instead and increase the baking time to 25 - 30 minutes.
Less calories: We loves how rich and creamy these Keto pot pies were. However, for a lighter version, replace ¼ cup / 60ml of the cream with more chicken broth and cook the filling for an additional 5 minutes to reduce the liquid. Add xanthan gum to thicken.
Change the vegetables: You can use onions instead of the leeks. Onions take a little longer to cook, so fry them first for about 5 minutes, then add the remaining vegetables. You can also add a handful of peas or low carb veggies such as mushrooms, cauliflower, zucchini, green beans, broccoli or spinach.
Change the meat: The recipe also works with turkey or with salmon. For salmon pot pie, omit the bacon and use vegetable or fish stock. I'd also use dill instead of thyme. You wouldn't need to pre-fry the salmon pieces. I'd simply add them into the filling last and cook for a couple of minutes.
Coconut flour crust: You can replace the almond flour in the topping with coconut flour. Use 3 tablespoons of coconut flour. Another nut free option would be to use ⅓ cup sesame seed flour and ⅓ cup sunflower seed flour.
Low carb chicken pot pie is a standalone meal. If you want to add a side, consider these options:
- Crisp green salad
- keto coleslaw
- Green beans
- Riced broccoli (pulse in a food processor until broccoli is "riced", then cover and microwave 4 minutes)
Refrigerator: Cover and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezer: Freeze for up to 3 months.
To reheat: Thaw overnight if previously frozen. Then reheat the pies in the oven for 10 minutes or until the crust is crisp and the filling is bubbling.
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- 4 oven-proof pots/ramekins (mine were 4 inch diameter and 3 inch deep)
- 2 chicken breasts or 4 thighs 300g, cubed
- 4 small slices of streaky bacon 60g
- 2 tablespoon butter or olive oil
- 1 small carrot diced (50g)
- 2 medium stalks of celery diced (80g)
- ⅓ cup leek chopped (30g), or use onions
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1.5 tablespoon dried thyme or parsley
- ½ cup cream cheese 110g
- 1 cup heavy cream 240ml
- ¼ cup chicken broth 60ml
- ½ teaspoon sea salt or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
- 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella 170g
- 2 tablespoon full fat cream cheese 30g
- ⅔ cup almond flour 67g
- 1 medium egg to brush the top
- Preheat the oven to 350F / 180C (electric) or 320F / 160C fan.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and bacon and cook for 4 – 5 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Remove from the pan, set aside and keep warm.
- Place the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in the same pan. Add the carrot, celery, leeks, garlic and thyme and sauté for about 4 minutes until soft.
- Add the cream cheese, cream, broth, salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 - 2 minutes.
- Add the cooked bacon and chicken back into the pan with the cream and mix. Remove from the heat and place to one side whilst you make the dough.
- Place the mozzarella and cream cheese in a heatproof bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir with a spatula and heat for a further 30 seconds. Stir again and quickly mix in the almond flour. Feel free to get your hands in here!
- Place the dough between 2 sheets of greaseproof paper (or 1 sheet and a silicone mat) and roll about ½ cm thick. Use the top of the pot pie dish to cut out a circle with a sharp knife. Reuse the scraps and re-roll to make more tops.
- Spoon the chicken mix into your pots. Place the circles of dough on top (make sure it’s sealed to the edges) and create two air pockets by piercing the top of the dough with a sharp knife.
- Whisk the egg with fork. Brush the pies with egg and bake for about 20 minutes or until until golden.
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