This Whole30 chicken pot pie casserole is the the perfect chicken casserole recipe when you’re wanting something hearty and comforting. It’s a paleo and dairy free twist on the classic pot pie flavors you know and love with a grain free crust, and is awesome for a weeknight meal or for a paleo meal prep recipe because it reheats so well. This is a great family friendly recipe that is sure to become a staple!
I really, really love this Whole30 and paleo chicken casserole. It’s one of the best comfort food recipes for the fall and colder winter months. Traditional chicken pot pie isn’t something I eat much of anymore, but I knew I could make a healthy, gluten, grain and dairy free version that still replicated the same well-loved flavors. I tweaked the gravy recipe a few times until I got it to a point that it really just reminded me of the pot pies I had growing up.
Gather the Chicken Pot Pie Ingredients
The recipe uses already cooked chicken that is diced, although you could shred it instead if you prefer that. I typically have shredded or roasted chicken in the fridge for my meal prepping, but if you’re starting with raw chicken, you can microwave, boil, or bake it for 20 minutes to get it cooked through. I also use canned vegetables to make it both easier, and a more budget friendly Whole30 recipe. However, you can totally use fresh vegetables if you prefer.
If you’re opting for fresh, you’ll have to prep them and then either steam or boil them until they soften. Using canned vegetables also is so reminiscent of the homemade casseroles I remember my grandma and mom making for me. Instead of using canned cream of mushroom or chicken though, you’ll make the gravy on the stovetop, which only takes about 5 minutes.
The ingredients you’ll need for that is a can of coconut milk, almond milk, ghee, chicken broth, a few spices and then a bit of arrowroot flour to thicken it. All of these can be found at most common grocery retailers, Amazon, or at discounted prices on Thrive Market. The topping for the chicken pot pie casserole is made up of a two paleo flours, coconut and almond, and some ghee. You can skip the topping if you’re pinched for time.
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Steps for Making Your Whole30 Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
First, you’re going to add all of the vegetables and the chicken into a casserole dish. After that, you’ll make the pot pie gravy on the stove top in a large and high-rimmed skillet or sauce pan. After that, carefully pour the gravy into the casserole dish with the other ingredients. Use a spoon to mix and incorporate the gravy into the vegetables, being gentle as to not smash them.
Then in a large bowl, add the ingredients for the topping and use your hands to mix it all together. The topping should be a dough like consistency. Finally, you’ll place the topping on the chicken pot pie casserole by taking about a quarter size ball into your palm gently squishing it a bit to flatten with your other hand. Don’t get them too thin, though. Place these dollops over the casserole until the entire top is covered in a fairly even layer.
You do not need to press the topping into the Whole30 chicken casserole very much or very hard, just let it sit on top. Then, you’ll place it into the oven for about 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and not burnt. This recipe makes amazing leftovers, and every time I have it in the fridge I look forward to reheating it! This makes it great for meal prep, too.
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Chicken Pot Pie Casserole: Whole30, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
This Whole30 chicken pot pie casserole is the the perfect Whole30 casserole recipe when you’re wanting something hearty and comforting. It’s a paleo and dairy free twist on the classic pot pie flavor you know and love with a grain free crust, and is awesome for a weeknight meal or for a paleo meal prep recipe because it reheats so well. This is a great family friendly recipe that is sure to become a staple!
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 35
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
- Category: Casserole
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
For the Casserole
- 1.5 pounds cooked chicken breasts, diced or shredded
- 1 cup yellow onion, diced
- 1 (14.5 oz) can sliced carrots, drained
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced potatoes, drained
- 1 (14.5 oz) can cut green beans, drained
For the Gravy
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 3 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1.5 tbsp arrowroot flour dissolved in 2 tbsp water
For the Topping:
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup ghee
- 3 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
- Grease a 3 or 4 quart casserole dish and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add the chicken and vegetables into the dish.
- Preheat a deep skillet over medium-high heat and add all of the sauce ingredients except for the arrowroot dissolved in water. Bring it to a simmer, stirring frequently.
- Mix the arrowroot into 1 tbsp of water in a small dish and dissolve. Once the sauce has reduced a bit after simmering about 10 minutes, pour the arrowroot water into the sauce and begin stirring to incorporate it into the sauce. It will begin thickening.
- Once the sauce has thickened, pour it into the casserole dish over the chicken and vegetables. Use a spoon to combine the sauce in with the other ingredients, gently as to not smash the vegetables.
- Next, in a large bowl, add all of the topping ingredients. Use your hands to mix it all together. Continue mixing until the ghee is completely incorporated and the topping becomes a dough like consistency.
- Using your hands, pick up quarter size dollops of the topping and flatten a bit before placing each dollop over the top of the casserole. Slightly press each dollop into the top of the casserole but don’t smash down. Repeat this process until the topping is gone and the casserole is covered.
- Place in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, checking after 30 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven once the topping is golden brown, don’t allow it to burn.
- You can use fresh, or frozen, vegetables (2 cups sliced carrots, 2 cups trimmed and chopped green beans, 2 cups peeled and diced potatoes), but they will need to be steamed or boiled first to soften.
- You can skip the topping option if you’re short on time. It’s still delicious!
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Reader Reviews & Comments
So delicious and flavorful and perfect for cold weather. This is a new favorite that will be added into regular rotation. I make shredded chicken in the crockpot but would use a rotisserie chicken on the fly. I was out of ghee and used unsalted butter and it worked perfectly.
Kalyn Osborn says
I’m a little late to the party, but have you tried freezing this? I’m trying to find some dishes to keep on hand for when I’m too overwhelmed/tired/busy to put something together.
Jane wiley says
Can I throw in a bag of hash browns that are thawed instead of canned potatoes? Couldn’t find them at target today, also would you saute the hash towns first or just throw them in? Thank you!
I think that would be fine! I’d maybe reduce the amount of liquid so it’s not too runny. The thicker potatoes sop up more liquid than I’d guess hash browns will 🙂 And I’d just throw them in without sautéing
This sounds delicious!! But where can I find Whole30 compliant canned vegetables? All the ones I’ve seen have chemicals added to them
Hey there! I’m not sure where you normally shop, but I get mine from Target or Walmart. Both of their own brands are just water and the veggie. Del Monte canned veggies are also typically just the veggie and sold pretty much everywhere. I think you may be referring to calcium chloride, which is in canned carrots moreso than any of the other vegetables. It helps maintain the crunchy texture and is totally fine for Whole30. You can find that here: https://whole30.com/downloads/additives.pdf
I was referring to the calcium chloride and something called EDTA. It was in the canned potato I found. Thank you for clearing that up and giving the brand suggestions!
It’s delicious even though I had to make a few adjustments since I didn’t realize I didn’t have ghee! I can’t wait til tomorrow..it is already good now but casseroles are always better on day 2, in my Opinion! Thanks so much for this!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! I totally agree with you about the day 2 casseroles, too! Thank you, Caitlin!
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy it!! I really appreciate you taking the time to come back and leave a review, too! – B
Lori Lewis says
Can the almond milk and flour be substituted? Due to problems with Kidney stones I need to watch my intake of almonds.
You could use additional coconut milk instead of almond! For the flour, I’d use cassava, if trying to keep it grain-free!
This recipe is hands down one of my favorites! The flavors in this recipe are amazing!!
I used this as a base of inspiration for what is currently in my oven (chicken, bacon, and broccoli with a modified gravy). But I will definitely come back and follow this recipe another time! What a great meal!
The recipe is amazing for my whole family. And still healthy for me and my husband! I was hoping to make this for my extended family, but my niece is allergic to coconut. Would using only almond milk and almond flour affect the recipe? Thanks!!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂 You could use all almond flour, but it might get a bit too “gritty”. If you have cassava flour handy, I would sub that for the coconut!
Trying to slowly switch over to paleo and I loved this recipe! I was hesitant as I usually don’t like coconut milk but with the other sauce ingredients, the flavor was hidden enough. Next time I will sauté the onions first as they were a little hard after baking, but other than that I loved this recipe and it will be a routine meal with my meal prepping! Thank you 🙂
Written expertly, followed precisely and it was perfect. I will make again and double the sauce as it was soooooo good! Thank you!
This is SO great to hear! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for giving it a try and taking the time to come back and leave a review. It’s very appreciated!
Yum! Made this for dinner tonight, and my boyfriend who is not on Whole30 was a fan! I loved using canned veggies, and I honestly never knew you could buy canned diced potatoes until this recipe.
I’m so happy to hear this!! So glad you both enjoyed! And yes I love canned diced potatoes.. I throw them in everything from breakfast skillets or just sauted breakfast potatoes when I don’t want to spend a ton of time dicing hahaha!
Amazing for on and off a round of whole30. My picky husband even enjoys this. It’s so comforting and filling. Perfect for any season as well!
I’m so happy to hear this!! Thank you so much for giving it a try, and taking the time to leave a review! It’s super appreciated! <3 - B
Kari Breed says
This was excellent! We used leftover Christmas turkey and sautéed the veggies beforehand in coconut oil, salt, and pepper… boiled a few potatoes- it came out fabulous! Saving this recipe forever- it’s my fave and easiest Paleo friendly pot pie I’ve ever cooked. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I appreciate you giving it a try, and taking the time to come back and let me know you liked it! <3 - B
Awesome recipe. Whole family loved it, including picky husband and two kids!
Can I use cornstarch instead of arrowroot?
I’m not familiar with cooking with cornstarch, but if you are and know it works well for thickening, I say go for it 🙂 I’m not sure if it’s a 1:1 substitution but I assume it would be fairly close! 🙂
Anissa Hernandez says
I’ve made this before and it’s superb!! I don’t have plain almond milk on hand so I’m going to use unsweetened vanilla. I’m sure it will turn out fine.
I’m so glad you enjoy it!! Thank you!
I love this recipe! Using the canned vegetables makes this so easy to make during a weeknight!
I’m so glad to hear this! I love that there’s very little chopping and veggie prep, too 🙂 Thank you so much, Meghan!
For being totally grain free, we couldn’t believe how great this is. My daughter has to be totally grain free now and it’s been an adjustment for her, but this recipe made our family dinner feel so normal for once! Thank you so much, it will be a staple!
I’m so, so glad to hear this! Thank you Ginny! I appreciate you giving it a shot!!