A cheesy crustless chicken pot pie casserole that’s gluten free, down-home comfort food. This is sure to be your family’s new favorite way to eat chicken pot pie.
Potatoes inside and crispy cheese on top ensure you won’t miss the crust! It’s also a quick weeknight dinner, perfect for using up leftover chicken.
My Discovery of the Best Chicken Pot Pie Casserole Ever
Chicken pot pie is a meal I’ve always liked…. but not loved. Then, I went to a ladies’ bible study where the hostess made *hands down* the best chicken pot pie I’ve ever tasted.
I got two platefuls, and my belly was happy. But I wanted more.
As my son James says, “Mom, my tummy is telling me to stop eating but my mouth is telling me this is sooooooo good….”
We’ve all been there!
So after that fateful meal, I had to ask the hostess for the recipe so I could recreate it the very next day.
It’s the skillet chicken pot pie from Six Sisters Stuff, and it’s the inspiration for this crustless chicken pot pie.
It has a whole block of cream cheese.
(Yes, you read that right.)
The main thing I wanted to tweak about this recipe was the puff pastry crust. Since most store-bought frozen doughs are filled with some not-so-natural ingredients, I decided to try a crustless version with crispy, gooey cheese on top.
It’s chicken pot pie success! Perfect for all my gluten free friends, too.
How to Make a Gluten Free Crustless Chicken Pot Pie
Worried that a chicken pot pie with no crust won’t be as tasty as the original? Never fear! To me, this is the best chicken pot pie recipe in the world. (The fam agrees.)
Here are my best tips for making a gluten free chicken pot pie casserole everyone will love!
- I decided to change the vegetables up a bit from the original recipe, using what I had on hand. This chicken pot pie recipe is so versatile and you can basically use whatever veggies you fancy.
- Don’t skip the potatoes! They add such a wonderful heartiness, and an element that a lot of pot pies miss. Most chicken pot pies have lots of corn and green beans, which are okay. But the potato makes up for missing the crust in the best way!
- Instead of using flour to thicken the sauce, we’re using arrowroot powder or non-gmo cornstarch to keep it gluten free.
- A crispy, cheesy crust is a wonderful replacement for puff pastry! We’re using plenty of mature grated cheddar and letting it get nice and golden brown to form a crust. Feel free to sub other cheeses your family enjoys.
How to Make a Keto Chicken Pot Pie
Need to adapt this recipe for the keto diet? No problem!
- Omit the potatoes, peas, & carrots and sub non-starcy veggies like mushrooms, zucchini, celery, and asparagus.
- Instead of cornstarch or arrowroot for thickening the sauce, use a keto alternative thickener like almond flour or psyllium husk. Here’s a thorough article on the 7 best keto substitutes for cornstarch and thickeners.
For this recipe, you may need:
A large (and I mean LARGE), semi-deep skillet for frying the onions, potatoes, and making the sauce – plus adding the chicken & veggies. Everything but the kitchen sink is in there! Here’s a nice big one.
Here’s the organic, non-gmo cornstarch I use, and my preferred brand of arrowroot powder.
Cheesy Crustless Chicken Pot Pie Casserole (gluten free!)
A cheesy crustless chicken pot pie that's gluten free, down-home comfort food. This is sure to be your family's new favorite chicken pot pie casserole. Potatoes inside and crispy cheese on top ensure you won't miss the crust!
- 2 TBSP ghee or butter
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 large red potatoes, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup non-gmo cornstarch, or arrowroot powder (for paleo/keto)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 8 oz. block cream cheese
- 1 12 oz. pkg frozen peas & carrots
- 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
- 3 cups mature cheddar cheese, grated
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 2 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
- Saute onions and potatoes in ghee or butter in a large skillet. Allow to cook for 8-10 minutes on medium heat with the lid on, stirring occasionally. Add garlic during last minute of cooking time.
- Add cornstarch or arrowroot and chicken broth to a mason jar. Shake vigorously to combine.
- Add broth/starch mixture and cream cheese to skillet potatoes. Cook and stir until cream cheese is melted and sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Fold in frozen peas/carrots and cooked chicken. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
- Transfer to 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar and bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is golden brown and bubbly. If cheese is taking too long to brown, broil for 3-5 minutes. Before serving, sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 570mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 19g
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Renee D Kohley says
This is easy enough for a weekday for sure! Thank you for the great dinner idea!
Thanks Renee! It’s one of our new favorites!
Raia Todd says
Oooh my goodness. My family is going to go crazy for this! I love that there’s not a crust, since that’s always what keeps me from making it. 😉
Oh yay, I hope you all love it as much as we do! Blessings!
Kiran Dodeja Smith says
PERFECT for these last couple of busy weeks before school is out!
I agree! Love simple recipes like this!
Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! says
You’d never miss the crust with this extra delicious chicken pot pie, in fact cheese sounds better than crust to me!
I think the cheese really is better, Kari! Thank you!
I really appreciate how detailed this is as I’ve never attempted this recipe before….wish me luck LOL.
Thanks Jana! Hope you enjoy it!
Lisa MarcAurele says
I love that you also talked about a way to make this work with a keto diet! Really helpful!
It’s pretty simple to adapt! Thanks Lisa!
The ultimate comfort food! So yummy for anytime of the week.
Thank you Jean! Enjoy!
Tessa Simpson says
Comfort food at it’s finest! A pot pie I can actually GET behind!
Thanks Tessa! It’s one of our faves!
STACEY CRAWFORD says
This looks so comforting and I love all the cheesy goodness. It is awesome to have a keto option as well.
Thanks Stacey! Enjoy!
This is such a great idea. Thanks for the step-by-step pictures – so helpful!
You’re welcome! Enjoy!
This looks like a great family friendly recipe! Love the idea of making a pie without the crust. Perfect comfort food!
Thanks Hope, it’s one of our favorites!
linda spiker says
This looks incredible. My husband would flip if I made this.
It is SO good!!
Joni Gomes says
Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food! Love the addition of cornstarch or arrowroot to thicken the sauce! So smart and it worked out so well!
I’m so happy it worked so well for you Joni! Thanks for the review!
Megan Stevens says
We love love love creamy comfort food casseroles! And totally yes to keeping the potatoes in! 😉 I super look forward to making this!
Hope you enjoy as much as we do Megan!
Looks so good and thank you for the keto adaptation
Wow! This is so pretty! I can taste all the yummy flavor from here.
What a comforting dish! My kids love chicken. I will put this in the rotation.
Mary, this looks amazing! As I’m currently doing lazy (quite lazy) keto with a girlfriend this would be a perfect meal!! Thanks for sharing with Julia’s Simply Southern 52 Back to School Meals!
Thanks so much for the kind words, Kathleen! It’s definitely one of our favorite meals!
Looks great! I agree adding the potato makes it more hearty satisfying
Yes, the potatoes really make this dish true comfort food!
This looks awesome! I do something similar except I kind of blend tatter tot casserole and pot pie. I make the pot pie filling and top it with cheese and tater tots. Keeps it gluten free but adds some crispiness.
Wow, that recipe sounds like a winner! Yum!
This looks so good! Do you think this would be enough to serve 6 people? ?
Yes, there should be enough! When our family of 4 eats this, we always have leftovers 🙂
Betty Edwards says
Thanks, Mary! The alternate suggestions were greatly appreciated as well.
Glad you enjoyed it Betty! ?
Jenn Z says
I can’t wait to try this! I am on the keto diet, and radishes are awesome as a potato substitute! Will also use psyllium husk instead of corn starch, and asparagus and zucchini for the veggies.
Wow Jenn, that sounds delicious! Let me know how you like it!
This look amazing!! I like the idea of a cheesy crust over just skipping it. Thanks for the idea
Thanks Hannah, I hope you enjoy it!!
Do you have a preference for chicken breast or thighs? I have both. Cant wait to make this!
Thighs are my personal favorite since they’re so moist and tender! Enjoy
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I have now made this twice this month and we just love it and simple recipe even I can make it. Thanks for sharing!
Beth R. says
Have you tried to freeze this before? Prepping meals before baby comes.