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I never really liked chicken pot pies growing up. The crust was always hard and tasteless, the filling was always way too hot, and the vegetables always seemed to be the ones that I didn't want to eat.
Now that I'm an adult I've been making an effort to revisit all of the foods that I used to hate. After all, my taste buds have surely matured along with my personality, right?
Since I'm trying to watch what I eat, and I didn't feel like buying a new baking dish just to experiment with chicken pot pies. So I browsed Pinterest looking at people's riffs on chicken pot pies. Some people made things that were more of casseroles than anything else, others made something similar to an empanada. I finally settled on making a mini pot pie.
So I researched a bunch of different recipes to see what the norm was for making them, and then I started tweaking to correct for all of the things that I hated about chicken pot pies when I was a kid.
Hard and tasteless crust? Let's use some crescent roll dough to reduce the amount of work for me and give a flaky, buttery, crust.
Vegetables I don't like? Buy vegetable mixes that don't include brocoli or it's pale cousin cauliflower.
The filling being too hot and runny? Pick a soup that's know for it's thickness and be careful about how much I cook it.
The end result was pretty darn tasty and I ended up eating them for every meal until they were gone. You can eat them cold, you can warm them up, or do whatever.
Just a note, you don't have to make the top as a plain circle or just a standard lattice. There were people I found who make super fancy pie crusts for each and every mini-pot pie. Carved into the shapes of roses and other stuff like that. I was going for substance over presentation, so mine are pretty simple.