KFC Chicken Pot Pie (Best Copycat Recipe)

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KFC Chicken Pot Pie is our copycat recipe for the restaurant dish. Tender chicken and vegetables in creamy gravy with an unbelievably flaky crust. Now you can skip the drive-thru!! Make your own KFC pot pies for the ultimate comfort food. 

titled (shown close up on spoon) kfc pot pie recipe


I love recipes that copy my favorite meals from restaurants and fast food chains.

I don’t have to wait in line, spend a ton of money, or take off my pajamas! Check out all my copycat recipes!

Instead of spending money at a fast food chain, give yourself some credit and make this KFC Chicken Pot Pie Copycat Recipe at your home.

What better way to make a satisfying meal at an unbeatable price?! 

kfc chicken pot pie recipe ingredients in small bowls

KFC Chicken Pot Pie

This KFC™ pot pie recipe can be extremely versatile, making it a great dish for any occasion. Make up to six individual servings, two large bowls, or one 9-inch pie!

I also have a delectable skillet version, as well as a hearty pot pie soup that can be made in just 30 minutes! Or try my copycat for KFC mashed potatoes.

carrots onion celery and butter in large pot

Ingredient Notes

The KFC chicken pot pie does NOT have a bottom crust. If you want a bottom crust on your pie, you could certainly use refrigerated pie crust. 

As for the top crust, we taste tested the original pot pie. We felt like using a puff pastry crust would replicate that flaky texture without needing to make homemade pie dough.

This keeps our version of the KFC chicken pot pie recipe easier to make!

stirring shredded chicken into gravy

Tips and Tricks

  • Add your favorite veggies. Fresh, frozen, or even canned vegetables all work well!
  • Want to cut the calories? You can decrease the amount of milk and cream in the filling to reduce the calories and fat.

    Just keep in mind that it may not come out as thick and rich.
  • Vary the herbs. Sage would taste lovely in this also. If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, dried will work fine!

    Reduce the amount of dried herbs by half, so about 1 to 2 tablespoons total.
  • Achieve a gorgeous color. This step is optional, but it will create that perfect golden-brown sheen on the crust.

    Mix together 1 egg with some water and brush it over the KFC chicken pot pie before baking.


Prep all your ingredients for the filling as a whole beforehand. Then, all that’s left to do is portion it out and bake! A little bit of prep work ahead of time makes for a simple dish. New recipes this easy are the best! 

brushing egg wash onto pot pie crust

Serving Suggestions

This KFC pot pie recipe makes a stand alone meal, but you can’t go wrong with a side salad or some roasted veggies. I also have a copycat version of their famous bowl.

German potato salad would contrast the savory flavors with some yummy, tangy goodness.

Or, go to the opposite side of the taste spectrum with these sweet, buttery mashed sweet potatoes!

KFC Pot Pie Recipe FAQ

How do I know when the chicken pot pie is done baking?

The filling will be cooked before it enters the oven, so it’s all about getting the crust a lovely golden-brown.

After the top is browned, cover it with aluminum foil to allow the bottom to bake. Once you see the filling bubbling up, it’s ready! Pair that with a golden crust and you’ll love the outcome. 

Can I use regular pie crust instead of puff pastry?

Yes, you can use refrigerated crust. Just be sure to cut slits in the top for venting before popping it into the oven!

Am I able to store leftover KFC pot pie?

Definitely! To ensure everything tastes fresh, store the filling by itself. Then, assemble and bake when you’re ready to eat. The filling keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days, when stored in an airtight container.

You can also freeze it for up to 3 months! Be sure to thaw frozen filling in the refrigerator overnight before assembling the pot pie.

Do I need a pie tin to make this dish? 

It’s easiest to make these pies in a pie dish to get that beloved chicken pot pie look! Plus, this will give you a flaky crust on top with the creamy filling ready and waiting in the middle. 

Making these individual pies is the perfect way to beat any post-holiday hangovers from feeding a crowd. The savory sauce pie filling paired with the tender crust creates the perfect quick pick-up dish for your taste buds. You’ll love never having to order this off the KFC menu again! 

flaky crust on kfc pot pie right out of the oven

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KFC Chicken Pot Pie (Best Copycat Recipe)

Donna Elick
KFC Chicken Pot Pie is our copycat recipe of the restaurant dish. Tender chicken and vegetables in creamy gravy with a perfect flaky crust!
5 stars from 3 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 4


  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 large Russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 sprig rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 package puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • In a large stockpot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and potatoes. Saute until onion is translucent and vegetables begin to soften, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the flour, salt, pepper, and minced herbs. Saute 2-3 minutes longer to brown the flour a bit.
  • Add the milk, chicken broth, cream, peas and cooked chicken to the mixture. Stir to combine, then increase heat and bring contents to a simmer.
  • Simmer 5-10 minutes, until filling thickens and vegetables are cooked through.
  • Prepare the puff pastry tops by gently unfolding and rolling out each puff pastry sheet. Place oven-safe bowls or ramekins upside down on the crust to measure the size of the top. Cut out a circular pie top about 1/2 to 3/4-inch larger than the bowl.
  • Fill bowls/ramekins with chicken pot pie filling. Top with pastry cutout and press the overhang of the crust down around the top of the bowl.
  • Whisk together egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush the egg mixture over the tops of the pie crusts using a pastry brush.
  • Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. The crust should be a deep golden brown. When it is browned to your preference, cover with aluminum foil and continue baking for 15 minutes longer, until the filling is bubbling up under the crust.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

  • The filling is enough to make 4-6 individual pot pies, or 2 large bowls (as shown here). Be sure to use OVEN SAFE bowls before baking them in the oven. You can also use the filling for one 9-inch pie as well. The filling is rich and creamy. Decrease amounts of milk/cream to reduce calories/fat, but as written, this really makes a nice “from-scratch” creamy pie filling.
  • No Bottom Crust – KFC doesn’t have a bottom crust on their chicken pot pie. If you’d like one, you can use refrigerated pie crust, and it can also be substituted for the puff pastry. If you substitute regular pie crust, you can also use the egg wash. Cut slits for venting in the pie crust before baking. Venting is not needed with the puff pastry.
  • Herbs -Feel free to vary the herbs – we used thyme, rosemary, and parsley – sage would be lovely also. If you need to use dried herbs, use about ½ the amount as fresh (1-2 teaspoons dried herbs total)
  • Other veggiesYou can also add corn or green beans – fresh or frozen or even canned vegetables are easy to swap in.
  • Egg wash – Using an egg wash gives the baked crust a beautiful golden sheen, but it is not necessary. 
Store, covered, for 2-3 days in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 3 months (pot pie filling can be made in advance and frozen; thaw in the refrigerator overnight then assemble and bake).


Serving: 1 | Calories: 1180cal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 78g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 1462mg | Sugar: 11g | Fiber: 6g | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 6mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Originally published January 2022, updated and republished December 2023

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  1. I really do not like rosemary and I'm not too fond of sage. Can I substitute dried basil and or oregano for the rosemark and poultry seasoning for the sage? Also, where you refer to covering the top of the crust with foil and continuing to bake you say to fullly cook the "bottom crust". Do you mean the bottom of the top crust?

  2. Hello, I want to try this recipe. It sounds really good. But I do have a question. The recipe says bake the pot pie for 15 mins. and then cover and cook for another 15 mins while the bottom crust finishes cooking. But the recipe doesn't say anything about cutting out a bottom crust or putting it into the dish. I would love a bottom crust But what is it made of and do I bake it all all before filling? Please help. Thank you

  3. This recipe looks amazing. The only issue is the recipe doesn’t indicate when to add the cooked chicken. I know when I’m adding it, but others that don’t cook much night not know.

  4. Sounds wonderful but these instructions are incomplete. Instructions for the bottom crust have been omitted, as well as when to add the chicken. Please update!

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      The KFC chicken pot pie recipe does not have a bottom crust – thanks for catching the error! The recipe card has been updated accordingly. The chicken is added in step #4.

      TSRI Team member,

  5. 5 stars
    What a great copycat recipe! It really tasted just like the original pot pie from KFC, except even better with that home-style taste!

  6. I was dying to try this . Keep in mind cooking causes me extreme anxiety . Let me tell you this was delicious ! I was shocked at how good it was. I did use two pills bury pie crust – came out great in 9 inch backing dish . Used everything listed in recipe minus peas ( not a fan of peas) Definitely keeping this recipe !

    1. Hi Maria,
      We are so happy you enjoyed it! It is so easy and delicious! Have a great day!
      TSRI Team Member,

  7. 5 stars
    Pies are not quite done, but I can tell they are going to be delicious!

    I worked at KFC as a Manager for a short time many moons ago. We would tear up our fried chicken to use in the pot pies. FYI in case anyone really wants it to taste even closer to KFC.

    Thank you for the recipe!

  8. Just wondering if you have a calorie on this recipe? I have 2 10 oz store bought ones in the freezer now that are 600+ calories each and if I can cut those calories that would be a game changer. Thank you.

  9. Are you supposed to use both pastry sheets? Do you press them together or put them on individually? That is another thing that was left out of the recipe I’ve never heard of using two crusts for a top crust.

    1. Hi Geniece,
      The recipe calls for 2 cups diced cooked chicken in the ingredient list. Hope that helps.
      TSRI Team Member,

  10. I didn’t think it tasted like KFC but with that being said it was delicious I was the super hero of dinner I have been told I must keep this one, maybe since I didn’t use KFC chicken it might have been the difference so much better than store bought pot pies 5 stars plus 1 for my family’s enthusiasm thank you for sharing

  11. This recipe from The Slow Roasted Italian for KFC Chicken Pot Pie is an absolute winner! It’s easy to follow and tastes just like the restaurant version. 5 stars!

  12. 5 stars
    Wow, this recipe is a game-changer! The flavors are spot on, and it’s surprisingly easy to make. Thanks, Donna and Chad, for another fantastic recipe from The Slow Roasted Italian.

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