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Healthy Chicken Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust

    A healthy version of the traditional chicken pot pie loaded with vegetables but does not contain any cream, butter or milk (Dairy-Free). Full of fresh herbs and topped with a light and flaky phyllo crust.

    Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe with Phyllo Dough

    Who doesn’t love chicken pot pie? Like a big warm hug, I can’t think of anything more comforting.

    My husband introduced me to Harrows Chicken Pie, a Boston area chain, back when we were dating. Hands down, it is the best chicken pie in the world filled with moist chicken, hearty potatoes and topped with a buttery, flaky pie crust worth every last calorie.

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    phyllo topping for chicken pot pie dish

    Of course, we all know I’ve never made a pie crust in my life so replicating a Harrows pie was out of the question. Instead, I’ve created my own version that is a bit lighter and made without any butter or cream. In fact, this chicken pot pie is completely dairy-free.

    Healthy Chicken Pot Pie in a bowl

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    What’s a healthy option for a pot pie crust?

    Phyllo dough is a perfect option! Instead of using two pie crusts, all you need are a few sheets of phyllo to top the entire dish. As my husband stated after the first bite, “The phyllo gives you just the right amount of chicken pot pie texture without any of the heavy feelings.”

    What is Phyllo Dough?

    Some have never heard of phyllo dough. It’s also called filo. Phyllo is an unleavened bread that is used for pastries typically. It does not contain dairy unless you brush the layers with melted butter. Instead, olive oil is used. You can find phyllo in the refrigerated section at your local supermarket. It’s typically located near the pie crusts.

    What protein can you add to a chicken pot pie?

    While chicken is ideal, you could also use leftover turkey. You could also replace the chicken with lobster and make a lobster pot pie!

    Can chicken pot pie be prepared ahead?

    If you’ve prepared the pot pie ahead of time and froze it, I would double the cooking time to ensure it cooks through.

    Recipe Substitutions / Additions:

    If you don’t have parsnips in your pantry I would recommend using small potatoes instead. If you like a thicker gravy you can add more flour to the dish to thicken the gravy up.

    Chicken Pot Pie Recipe with Phyllo Dough

    Do yourself a favor and make a second one to freeze. You’ll thank me later, I promise.

    Your fork is waiting.

    Healthy Chicken Pot Pie in a bowl

    Healthy Chicken Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust

    4.18 stars average
    A healthy version of the traditional chicken pot pie loaded with vegetables but does not contain any cream, butter or milk (Dairy Free) .
    PREP: 10 mins
    COOK: 30 mins
    TOTAL: 40 mins
    Servings: 8


    • 2 carrots (diced)
    • 1 parsnip (diced)
    • 1 onion (diced)
    • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
    • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (minced)
    • 1 tablespoon fresh sage (minced)
    • 1 teaspoon dried poultry seasoning
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon pepper
    • 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour (or all purpose)
    • 32 oz chicken broth (low sodium)
    • 2 cups frozen green peas
    • 1 rotisserie chicken (skin removed & breast meat shredded. White or dark meat can be used.)
    • 8 sheets phyllo dough (thawed)
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


    • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
    • Sauté carrots, parsnip, onions and garlic in a large sauce pan sprayed with non-stick spray heated on medium. Stir frequently until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
    • While veggies are cooking, stir in thyme, sage, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.
    • Add flour and stir to incorporate and cook out the flour flavor, about 60 seconds.
    • Pour in chicken broth and use a wooden spoon to scrape up brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and stir until thickened then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
    • Stir in green peas and shredded chicken. Check for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper accordingly.
    • Pour chicken and vegetable mixture into a large baking dish.
    • Add olive oil to a small bowl. Working one sheet at a time, use a brush to "paint" olive oil on phyllo dough. After each layer is brushed with oil, add on top of the baking dish to form a top crust. Continue until all eight sheets are added making sure to paint the top of the last sheet with oil.
    • Use a knife to poke 2-3 slits in the phyllo crust then bake for 25-30 minutes or until phyllo is browned.


    Serving: 1cupCalories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 37gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 1020mgPotassium: 331mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2908IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg
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    1. I have a question about serving size. You say that your “large baking pan” serves four people and is 327 calories per serving. Are you sure that isn’t EIGHT servings? Eight layers of phyllo dough is 456 calories all by itself (57 calories per layer).

      My wife made your recipe for turkey pot pie (Thanksgiving leftovers, and no parsnips, so we used a potato) and it was in a 9″ x 14″ dish. I’m a big guy and I had one big serving that was about one-eighth of the pan!

      Would you please check that?

      Great recipe, though!

      1. GREAT catch Bill! Just revised the recipe to make it easier to understand and hopefully a bit more accurate!! Changed the servings to 8 and specified how many cups of chicken as well as verified the nutrition facts for the phyllo. :)

    2. Great chicken pot pie! I did not put my filo dough out to come to room temperature in time so I made cauliflower mashed “potatoes” & topped it with those & grated cheese. Big hit with my family!

    3. I was looking for an awesome recipe for the whole family and I stumbled on this article. I read and followed the instructions carefully and I made this chicken pot pie deliciously! Every member of my family is so happy! Thanks for this!

    4. If I freeze the recipe prior to covering it with phyllo dough, how long do I need to defrost? Or how much cooking time would I add if I put it in the oven frozen? My family absolutely LOVES this pot pie! And it’s so easy, you can easily make it during the week! I have extra turkey from Thanksgiving and want to save the pot pie for later next month when they aren’t so tired of turkey!!!!

    5. Hello! I’m thinking of making this for my bunco group later this month, so need to scale to feed 12 women(!). If I were to double the recipe, do you think it would fill a 9×13 baking dish? That would feed 8 based on the serving size, so I’d need to quadruple the recipe :)


    6. Looks like this has been posted for a while, but I just found it today. Made it for dinner, using leftover roasted chicken, potato instead of parsnip. Oh my gosh, DELICIOUS!! Thank you for sharing!

    7. Made this last night but with Pillsbury crescent roll dough instead (grocery store didn’t have phyllo dough) and it turned out delicious! The friend and boyfriend I fed couldn’t stop raving about it. Took a bit of time to prep but well-worth it, especially since I froze it (minus the dough) and then just pulled it out for mini-dinner party without any stress.

      1. I also was wondering if I could use my crescent rolls. Did you keep the dough in tack and just lay it on the chicken mixture and did you change the cooking time?

    8. Hello! Do you think I could use this recipe but with lobster instead of chicken? I am making lobster pot pies for a dinner party but one guest is lactose intolerant.

    9. Made this last night. Delicious and easy! My son thought there were too many peas, so I will likely decrease those next time. My daughter didn’t love the phyllo, so I might try a less-light version with puff pastry or pie crust.

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