Chicken Pot Pie Without Crust

Chicken Pot Pie Without Pie Crust is prepared by cooking boneless chicken tenders with fresh and frozen vegetables, gravy, and chicken broth. This is our classic Chicken Pot Pie but without the pie crust.  A delicious home-style meal that requires ONE skillet and is ready in 30 minutes, helps get dinner to the table fast!


A large skillet filled with chicken tenders, and veggies smothered in a brown gravy.

This Chicken Pot Pie…

  • Chicken Pot Pie without pie crust is a wonderful meal! 
  • It has all our favorite flavors, textures, and creamy sauce you would expect from our favorite chicken pot pie.
  • Only this one is made in one pan, and it’s a matter of minutes!  And no baking is required.

Easy as that!

A satisfying dish to serve with a side of steamed rice, egg noodles, or even with our easy garlic mashed potatoes to soak up some of that creamy and flavorful gravy. YUM!

Leftovers are great for the next day’s lunch too!

A large skillet loaded with pieces of chicken tenders and vegetables in a brown gravy.,

You are going to LOVE this recipe! This recipe is no fuss at all.  No need to worry about making or buying a pie crust.

Just knowing that I didn’t need the extra time to bake it in a pie crust, helped me bring dinner to the table a lot faster, and it’s easy on the wallet.

For me, chicken tenders (aka chicken tenderloins) are best for this recipe because they cook quickly.

So, let’s make this dish!

How To Make Chicken Pot Pie without Pie Crust?

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients: (*full printable recipe card below!) It only takes a few easy steps to make this dish in a matter of minutes.

Ingredients for this easy recipe…

  • chicken tenderloins – about 1 package, one pound (16 ounces) is good enough.
  • seasoned bread crumbs – and you can use gluten-free bread crumbs if you prefer.
  • extra virgin olive oil – is needed to saute the chicken until it is fully cooked.
  • butter – you can omit the butter if you prefer.
  • onion – 1 onion is all you need.
  • mushrooms – 2 cups of pre-sliced white button mushrooms
  • potato – 1 small potato, chopped into small pieces.
  • chicken broth – choose low-sodium so you have control over how much salt to add.
  • frozen peas and carrots – about 2 cups is enough.
  • jar of chicken or beef gravy – I used Heinz Home Style Savory Beef Gravy), but you can use your favorite brand.
  • seasonings: a few seasonings are needed: dried thyme, Dijon mustard, and salt to taste.
  • sour cream – you will need only a small amount and about 1 tablespoon is needed.

Directions to make this recipe without the crust:

There are 4-Easy Steps to making this chicken dinner:

1.  First, lightly bread the chicken tenders and sauté them for a few minutes in a large and deep skillet, until they are fully cooked.  And of course, you can use your favorite gluten-free bread crumbs with this recipe.

Chicken tenderloins in a breading pan with bread crumbs.

2.  Then remove the chicken, transfer it to a plate, and set them aside.

3.  Next, toss the fresh veggies into the same skillet, and sauté the veggies for a few minutes, until they soften.

4.  Pour in the gravy mixture, 2 cups of frozen vegetables, and chicken broth, along with the remaining ingredients and seasonings. Then transfer the chicken tenders back into the skillet, cover, and simmer for 10 more minutes.  Then it’s ready!

Questions & Answers…

  • Can we use other chicken parts with this recipe? Yes, you can. You can use chicken cutlets, or chicken breasts, and cut them into smaller pieces.
  • Can we use additional cream to make it creamier? Yes, you certainly can. Our recipes are guidelines, and you can adapt them to your liking.
  • May we use flour or cornstarch to thicken the gravy? Yes, I would recommend about 2 teaspoons and then increase it to your preference.
  • How to reheat leftovers? Easy! You can reheat leftovers in the microwave or a skillet on the stovetop.
  • How to store leftovers? Always allow the food to cool completely before storing it in a sealed container, then store it in the fridge. It will stay fresh for up to 3 days.
  • Can we freeze leftovers? Yes, absolutely. Allow the food to cool completely before storing it in a sealed container, then freeze! Freezes beautifully, and for up to 1 month.
A skillet loaded with cooked chicken pieces with veggies and gravy.

Chicken Pot Pie Without Pie Crust is a perfect meal for those busy weeknights!

Loaded with creamy vegetables and tender juicy chicken, this Chicken Pot Pie without Pie Crust turned out SO flavorful and SO delicious, no one will ever notice the pie crust is missing.

Best of all,  no one complained about the ‘missing pie crust,’ at least no one in my family.

For Totally Gluten-Free?  Omit the bread crumbs completely, and sauté the chicken with just olive oil and butter until golden brown.


 Don’t forget to save this to your Dinner Board!

A large skillet loaded with pieces of cooked chicken tenders, veggies and brown gravy.

Additional Recipes for Chicken Tenders…


Kitchen Equipment I used for this Recipe:

Yield: 3 to 4 servings

Chicken Pot Pie Without Pie Crust

A large skillet loaded with pieces of chicken tenders and vegetables in a brown gravy.,

Chicken Pot Pie Without Pie Crust is a country home-style meal that's super easy to prepare in a skillet and is ready in 30 minutes! All the delicious flavors and creamy texture you would expect from a Chicken Pot Pie, only this one is made without the pie crust.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 package of organic chicken tenderloins (1 pound - about 8 pieces)
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil - divided
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onions (I used 1 small onion)
  • 2 cups fresh pre-sliced mushrooms - rinsed
  • 3/4 cup of sodium-reduced chicken broth
  • 1 cup chicken or beef gravy (I used Heinz Home Style Savory Beef Gravy)
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 1 small thinly sliced potato, OR 1 can (14.5 ounces) sliced potatoes, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups of frozen peas and carrots ( or I used Trader Joe's Organic Foursome Vegetable Medley)
  • salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Quickly rinse under running water the chicken tenderloins, allow them to drain briefly and place them into a breading pan.
  2. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over them and set them aside.
  3. Place the seasoned bread crumbs into a second breading tray and set it next to the chicken tenders.
  4. Preheat a large, non-stick saute pan on medium-high heat. Place the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in pan and 1 tablespoon of butter.
  5. Using tongs to work quickly. Coat each chicken tenderloin with the olive oil and then with the bread crumbs and transfer (one by one) into the pre-heated skillet. Cook the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken and set it aside nearby.
  6. Add the diced onions and mushrooms to the same skillet. Cover with a lid. Stir occasionally while lightly scraping some of the remaining bread crumbs on the bottom of the pan. Cook onions and mushrooms until they soften, about 3 minutes.
  7. Add in the chicken broth, beef gravy, Dijon mustard, thyme and sour cream. Stir in the sliced potatoes and frozen veggies medley. Reduce heat to medium-low. Bring to a low boil and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Add Chicken tenders on top and Cover. Simmer for additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Vegetables, including potato slices should be tender to the bite. Turn off heat and serve.
  9. Serves 3 to 4 servings.


Cook's Notes :
I used beef gravy but you can certainly use chicken gravy instead. Also, you can use a vegetable medley of frozen peas and carrots.
Double the recipe for family of 5 or more.
Instead of seasoned bread crumbs, you can substitute with 2 cups of seasoned croutons crushed.

Nutrition Information:


3 to 4 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 421Total Fat: 20.2gCarbohydrates: 25.4gFiber: 4.1gSugar: 5.4gProtein: 34.7g

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  1. I did this delicious recipe last week and it was so good that I did it again on the weekend for visitors! Thank you for inspiring me! 🙂

    1. So happy to hear Sandra!! Thank you for leaving a comment about this recipe as it will help others who will read comments like this one.

  2. This looks so good and a great option for a lower carb dinner when we need to cut back! I would probably have to plop a sheet of puff pastry on top, though 🙂

  3. This looks delicious! I have to admit, though, I’m one of those people who think the crust – especially the bottom crust – of a chicken pot pie is the best part. But I’d be cool with dipping a crusty bread into this wonderful looking stew!

    1. Thanks Jeff! I hear you and I love the crust too! …but when I am short for time and everyone’s hungry I have to get dinner on the table ‘FAST & Furious!’ lol….. Thanks so much for leaving a sweet comment! 🙂