These almost-homemade Mini Chicken Pot Pies are the perfect finger-food for a party! Or a last-minute dinner that your kids will love. Crescent rolls from a can make prep quick and easy! Originally posted October 29, 2015.

Serving up a mini chicken pot pie from a muffin tin.

I just want to start out by saying that when Bob Marley died, they found multiple species of bugs in his dreadlocks. Or so the stories say. Please, believe the stories, because it will soften the blow of what I’m about to tell you.

So we’re in the kitchen getting dinner ready. Eric and Charlotte are coaching Truman on how to treat bugs. (You know, training him not to demolish them on sight.) “Be NICE to the bugs, Truman! Bugs are our friends!”

Then I run my fingers through my hair and there it is. The tiniest (dare I say cutest?) little slug, waving its antennae at me. No bigger than my pinky fingernail. We both just stared at each other. Then I screamed.

It’s a good thing Eric was there to enforce the “let’s be humane” lesson. Because that little slug would have been a goner.

My hair has been getting longer, and although it’s obviously a gradual thing, I still feel like I’m not used to it. I know exactly why I had a slug in my hair: earlier I was doing acrobatic moves on my patio in the backyard to get shots for this Sugared Cranberry post. I seriously need to invest in some hair ties.

We just moved to our new house, and I’m still trying to figure out where the best place to do my food photography is. Today I tried to shoot by the window right next to my sink, and this happened.

Mini chicken pot pie fallen into sink drain with a mini chicken pot pie on a white plate above it.

That’s a mini pot pie. Literally down the drain. So, given the choice between a lost pot pie and an itty bitty slug, which would you choose? Priorities people.

Why you’ll love Mini Chicken Pot Pie with Crescent Rolls

I’ve got an easy dinner/finger food for you! Chicken pot pie is a CLASSIC. It’s homey, feel-good comfort food you can find at your grandma’s Sunday dinner table and your local diner alike. Anything’s cuter in mini form (especially if you have tiny love like my husband Eric). 

  • Everyone loves them. Seriously. The kids will love them, you’ll love them, your parents will love them, your neighbors will love them. They’re a crowd pleaser for sure!
  • They’re quick to make. They’re made with crescent roll dough for super easy prep and they’re ready in just 25 minutes.
  • They’re versatile. These pot pies work as a meal, as an appetizer, or as a quick handheld snack.

Sometimes good things come in small packages…this is definitely one of those times.

Individual mini chicken pot pies with crescent rolls stacked by a muffin tin.

Ingredients for this individual Chicken Pot Pie recipe

It’s pretty simple! Full recipe can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Butter
  • Dried minced onion
  • Flour
  • Chicken broth
  • Milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Celery seed
  • Frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 cup chicken (cooked and chopped)
  • 1 8-ounce can crescent rolls

How to make this Mini Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Get started with the best part: the filling. You start by melting butter in a pan, sauteing minced onion, adding flour, and slowly whisking in the milk and chicken broth.

Minced dried onion and sauteing frozen peas and carrots, chicken, and sauce for individual chicken pot pie recipe.

From there, we’re making this easy by using rotisserie chicken and frozen veggies.

Rolling and cutting crescent roll dough for chicken pot pie with crescent rolls.

Making a chicken pot pie with crescent rolls dough is super easy! You simply roll out the dough, making sure to seal up those triangular cuts with your fingers right away, as you see in the photo on the left. Once that’s done you can use a pizza cutter or a knife to divide it into 16 rectangles.

Placing crescent roll dough rectangles in muffin pan on top and bottom of individual chicken pot pies.

Next is the fun part where you assemble the mini pot pies. Add half of the cut dough pieces to a greased muffin pan and spoon an eighth of the mixture into each cup. Add the top layer and seal as best you can. If they don’t seal perfectly, don’t fret. They’ll turn out when they puff up in the oven!

Uncooked mini chicken pot pies in a muffin tin with slits for venting steam.

Don’t forget to slit the top layer of each pie. This keeps them from over expanding as they heat up. Cook them until they’re golden brown and try hard not to eat them too soon. They are so good but you want to keep your mouth from burning raw!

Golden brown mini chicken pot pie with butter brushed on by a pastry brush.

I originally tried these with a can of cream of chicken soup, veggies, and chopped chicken. It was not that great. If you are feeding children only, they might not care. But honestly, this sauce is so quick to throw together you may as well do it. It tastes amazing! You don’t have to chop anything besides the chicken. I was done putting it together in about 20 minutes. Make it!

Mini Chicken Pot Pie recipe substitutions and alterations

  • Add more veggies. Feel free to use any frozen veggies you’ve got on hand. Frozen mixed veggies (includes the peas and carrots we already have, but adds green beans and corn too) would work great to provide a little more variety! You can also use fresh veggies, but you’ll want to cook them first.
  • Make these vegetarian. Leave out the chicken and sub in canned chickpeas or add more veggies instead. 
  • Use another meat. Feel free to use whatever cooked meat you have on hand. Chopped turkey or ham would both be delicious!
  • Make them cheesy. A handful of shredded cheddar would add delicious flavor to the filling. Just add it after you’ve whisked the chicken broth and milk into the butter, flour, and onion mixture.

How to store Mini Pot Pies

Baked crescent roll chicken pot pies will last in the fridge for 3-5 days. They can also be frozen for 3-4 months, but the texture won’t be quite the same when they’re thawed.

To reheat, thaw in the fridge if frozen, then warm in the oven until heated through. You can also wrap an individual pot pie in a paper towel and microwave it, straight from the freezer. Start with 30 seconds and add 30 seconds at a time until heated through.

Hand holding mini chicken pot pie with bite taken out and filling showing.

Mini Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie FAQ

How many calories are in a mini chicken pot pie?

Each of these mini pot pies has about 200 calories, depending on how much filling you add to each and which substitutions you choose. 

Is crescent roll dough the same as pie dough?

Not quite. A pie crust has a denser, flakier texture, while crescent roll dough is going to have a lighter, fluffier texture. 

What is the sauce made of in chicken pot pie?

Many chicken pot pies use canned soup as the sauce. But I much prefer to whip up a homemade cream “soup” for the sauce. It’s super simple and made with just chicken broth, butter, milk, flour, and a few seasonings you probably already have on hand in your pantry.

Can you make mini chicken pot pies ahead of time?

Yes! To prep this mini chicken pot pie recipe ahead of time, you have a couple of options.

First, you can make the filling ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for a day or two or in the freezer for up to 1 month. When you’re ready to use it, thaw it overnight in the fridge if frozen, then warm it on the stove, assemble the pies, and bake as instructed.

Another option is to assemble the pies fully and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. To do so, make the filling and let it cool completely. Assemble the mini pot pies, then cover them and store them, uncooked, in the freezer. When you’re ready to serve them, bake them from frozen until the filling is heated through and the crescent roll dough is fully cooked. Voila!

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Mini Pot Pies

4.81 from 31 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
These almost-homemade Mini Chicken Pot Pies are the perfect finger-food for a party! Or a last-minute dinner that your kids will love. Crescent rolls from a can make prep quick and easy!


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth, + 1 tablespoon*
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 cup chicken, cooked and chopped (rotisserie for the win!)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crescent rolls
  • butter, melted, for brushing


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 8 spots of a muffin tin very well.
  • Melt butter in a medium skillet. When it is hot, add the dried onions and let them cook for a minute or so. Add the flour and whisk together for 1 minute.
  • Slowly (not all at once!) whisk in the chicken broth and milk. Whisk out all the lumps.
  • Add salt, pepper, and celery seed.
  • Stir in the peas, carrots, and chicken. Turn off the heat.
  • Unroll the crescent dough. Use your fingers to quickly seal together the triangular cuts. Then cut the dough into 16 rectangles (see photos). A pizza cutter works well.
  • Place one rectangle into a muffin tin. Top with 1/8 of the chicken mixture. Top with another rectangle, using your fingers to seal it together if you can, but don’t stress about it too much. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Poke a knife in the top to vent the pies.
  • Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes. You want the tops to be good and brown, so that you know the bottom is cooked.
  • Brush with melted butter if you want.
  • Serve immediately!


*I used water + Better Than Bouillon.
If the mixture doesn’t seem very creamy, add more broth 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach a consistency you like.


Serving: 1pot pie | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 481mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1077IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 201
Keyword: chicken, pot pie
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    1. Yes I used 3 cans of canned white l chicken. I guess regular size not large cuz recipe calls for one cup of chicken. Drained . I folded the chicken in as to not break it up so much so it won’t get mushy. Excellent results!

  1. 5 stars
    can use other meats tuna turkey i had cans of beef that i was trying to figure how to use and wanted to have pot pie im on limited budget love it

  2. This recipe is amazing. I had some skinless boneless chicken and came across this gem. I had all but the cresent rolls. After purchasing some made these. My family raved. Everybody loved them. Thank you for sharing. Definitely a keeper.

  3. Thanks so much for the amazing recipe! We wanted to make these for our Easter party and were wondering if it’s possible to cook these the night before and heat them up in the microwave the next day after sitting in the fridge for a bit. Thanks in advance for your help! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Adrien! You can make these ahead, but the crescent rolls won’t be quite as crisp and tasty. You can definitely make the filling ahead and assemble and bake last minute! Or if you want to make all the way ahead and reheat, I would reheat them on a pan in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes. Enjoy!

  4. If you serve these to guests and you want to eat one yourself you had better eat one before you serve them. They are so good there won’t be any left.

  5. THIS WAS DELICIOUS! My big kids (7yo and 5yo) are good eaters but suspicious of any foods that are mixed together…they want their meat, veggies, and carbs separated on the plate. When I pulled these out of the oven, both said they hated them already and would NOT eat them, but they grudgingly relented when they were told they had no other dinner options. One bite in, and they (and we parents) were hooked, and we are fighting over the last one while the baby demands samples too. Thank you for an easy recipe that is way more than the sum of its parts. This will be part of our regular rotation, and I appreciate you for showing them how delicious foods that are mixed together can be!

    1. I’m so happy to hear the whole family loved it Sara! It’s so satisfying to find a meal everyone likes, right? Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, it means so much!

  6. So delicious! The next time I’ll be better prepared how to prepare the crescent roll dough, you know the first time you prepare a dish it seems complicated. But over all it was a hit. Will definitely prepare again. Thank you! 

  7. This recipe was a delicious way to make use of leftover shredded chicken. I think it may be my husband’s new favorite!

    1. that’s awesome Emi! It’s always nice to have another shredded chicken recipe up your sleeve right. Thanks so much for taking the time to review!

  8. I made this for my family and they all loved them from my 2 year old grandkids on up to my 67 year old mom I had to run out to the store and buy more ingredients because they was all gone I didn’t get to try. I tripled the ingredients lol

    1. I’m so happy to hear the recipe was a hit with everyone Amy! I’m so sad you didn’t get to try any though, haha! I guess it’s time to make them again ;) Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

  9. Wow. Today is Tuesday and I’m stuck in the house. I found this recipe on Thursday and have been thinking about it since. I was so obsessed with how easy and tasty this recipe was. Plus, I never knew how to make a pot pie. I was not disappointed! So easy, so tasty. I think I spent a total of $20 dollars on this meal with plenty of ingredients to make another batch. Prep was 10 minutes for me and 15 minutes in the oven. I used my pressure cooker to quickly cook/shred the chicken. Definitely recommend for quick easy meals! 🥰 

    1. That’s awesome Aye! I’m so glad you liked it. It’s definitely a convenient way to get pot-pie flavors without all the work! Thanks so much for taking the time to review!

  10. i have made these a couple times for my family, they have enjoyed it very much and keep asking when i will be making more!

    1. Hi MaryLou! I don’t provide nutrition facts for my recipes, but you can take the ingredients and plug them into an online calculator!

  11. This recipe turned out wonderfully. I only had frozen peas, so I cut up some carrot and celery to add. My family loved it and are asking me when I will be making them again. Thank you for the recipe, I know I will make this many more times in the future.

  12. Hi Karen, made the mini chicken pot pies they were delish but was wondering how fattening they are. Being that I am on free style WW 😁

    1. Hey Pamella! I don’t provide nutrition info for my recipes, sorry! There are lots of online calculators you can plug it into though :)

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