Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Italian Chicken Pie

Once in a while, we come upon a recipe that we want to mentally bookmark, dogear, put a gold star on, or somehow put a permanent reminder to come back to it.  Again, and again, and again.  This is one of those recipes.  It is easy, delicious, and would please just about anyone.  This is one that I want to remember to make for my kids some day.  It's going to be one of those go-to Friday night family dinner recipes. 

Okay, have I sold it enough?  My husband described this as a cross between chicken parmigiana and deep dish pizza.  Only guess what?  It's not nearly as unhealthy as either of those things.  It has all the yummy flavors you associate with Italian food - tomato, garlic, oregano, basil - plus cheese and chicken, and a tender crust.  Yum!

I reduced the recipe, as I often do, but if you double it for a larger group, make it in a 9-inch pie dish and get the whole pie experience. 

Italian Chicken Pie
adapted from The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever
serves 3-4


2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 cup diced cooked chicken breast
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, divided
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 cup of canned diced tomatoes with their juice
1/4 cup whole wheat (or all-purpose) flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1 large egg


1.  Preheat oven to 400.  Coat a small baking dish (size isn't that important - go with a fairly shallow rectangular one if you have it, or divide among ramekins) with cooking spray.  Sprinkle the parmesan cheese in the bottom of the dish.

2.  Scatter chicken over the parmesan.  Top with 1/4 cup of the shredded mozzarella, the oregano, and basil.  Mix garlic with diced tomatoes and juice, and spread evenly over all. 

3.  Make the topping: in a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add oil, milk, and egg, and continue whisking until the mixture is smooth like pancake batter.  Pour over the chicken mixture in the pan.

4.  Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes, until set and golden brown.  Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella.  Let sit 10 minutes before serving. 



  1. This sounds too simple to look (and taste) that good. A definite new favorite in the making for us too. Thank you.

  2. Tried it and it really IS simple to make and tastes terrific. Perfect for a "bring a dish" gathering any time of year.

  3. I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious and super easy. The only change I made was that I probably used more like a cup of mozzarella cheese :o Thanks!

  4. This was yummy! My crust was a bit thin so maybe next time I'll use 1/2 cup flour. Tasted delicious though - I couldn't stop eating it!