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Under 30 Minutes

Chicken-Potpie Pasta

Sarah Carey says, "Sometimes I just need a chicken potpie. You know what I mean? But I don't always have time to make the read deal. Enter this every-bit-as-satisfying substitute: chicken-potpie pasta, ready in about 30 minutes. If you have a little more time, try a dumpling variation (about 45 minutes) or the classic (about 1 hour). All are a clever way to use up leftover chicken.

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  • Servings: 6
Chicken-Potpie Pasta

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Everyday Food, October 2012


  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 pound penne or other short tubular pasta
  • 1/3 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, diced medium
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken


  1. In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta 3 minutes less than package instructions. Add green beans and cook 3 minutes, then drain.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high. Add onion, celery, and carrots and cook until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Gradually add broth, stirring constantly, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in chicken and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Stir pasta into chicken mixture.

Reviews (4)

  • Britney D 15 Dec, 2013

    This is so delish! My whole family loves it too. I use a rotisserie chicken and frozen green beans to speed things up. I just make the dish according to directions and then after the sauce is made I throw in the chicken. I add the frozen green beans the last few min that the pasta is boiling. We love this recipe and it is semi-healthy.

  • JPHardee 15 Oct, 2013

    This took me an hour and I used pre-shredded carrots and veggie chicken patties. It's pretty darn delicious though. I'm pregnant and eating wild lately so I sprinkled it with parmesan. I would definitely make this again. And maybe even cheat and use frozen green beans. Cutting real green beans took way more time than I expected because they were all shaped differently and diff. lengths.

  • allanceella 5 Mar, 2013

    This is very nice, and i can not wait making this dish to have a taste, it must be yummy:).
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  • k11y 23 Jan, 2013

    This was a nice, winter-ready recipe. Prep and cook came closer to an hour. I would suggest cutting your carrots more on the small/thin side than medium, but I supposed that could be up to interpretation. Only thing I thought it needed was potatoes! Next time around I'll find out a way to work them in.

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