Welcome back to Dollar Store Decadence recipes, where we cook gorgeous food made almost entirely with gems we find at the dollar store. This time I made a homemade chicken pot pie. Everything except for the chicken, pie crust and frozen peas was found at the 99. So, here goes.
What you need:
1lb Chicken Breast, diced
2 Russet Potatoes, diced
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced
1 Cup Frozen Peas
1 Cup Carrots, diced
1 10.5 oz Can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Yellow Onion, diced
2 Celery Stalks, chopped
3/4 Cup of Milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Deep Dish Pie Crusts
- Preheat oven to 400°. Poke holes in the bottom of the first pie crust with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 450° after you take the pie crust out.
- Season your chicken to taste with salt and pepper or any other seasoning of your choice.
- In a skillet, cook chicken in olive oil with onions, bell pepper, and celery.
- In a separate pot, boil carrots, peas, and potatoes until tender then drain.
- Add the veggies to the chicken mixture, along with the cream of chicken soup and the milk.
- Simmer until heated through and add extra salt and pepper (or seasoning) because the milk and cream of chicken will cancel out some of that earlier seasoning.
- Pour the mixture into the pie crust you baked earlier. Cover with the remaining pie crust. Squeeze the edges together to seal. You may want to put aluminum foil around the edges of the pie crust to prevent burning. Cut a slit into the middle of the crust.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. I didn’t do that so my crust was a little more brown than expected, but still very tasty!
So let’s talk turkey. I bought my chicken at Northgate Gonzalez Market. It was $1.99 per pound. The potatoes I will estimate at about 25¢ because I bought a 5lb bag of potatoes at the 99. The Bell Pepper was 50¢ at the 99. I bought a bag of frozen peas for 99¢ at Northgate. I used about 1/4 of the bag so we’ll count the peas at 25¢. I bought a bag of baby carrots at the 99 as well and used about 1/4 of that bag, so 25¢ again. Cream of chicken, 99¢. I also estimated the onion at 25¢ because you get a few onions in one bag for 99¢. Celery Stalks, again at the 99. I only used two of maybe 8, 25¢ there as well. They sell half-gallons of milk at the 99 but mine came from Northgate at $2.79 and I’ll round up to one cup for the price, which would be 35¢. Deep Dish Pie crusts are rare at the 99, but can be found! I bought mine for $2.79. At the end of this meal, which serves 4-6 people, you are looking at $7.87! That’s a crazy low price to feed six people!
This is also a great recipe to use with your leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. If you do it that way, you save $1.99! That makes the meal $5.88 for six people. Try the recipe and let me know what you think!