Costco Chicken Pot Pie {Copycat}

Costco Chicken Pot Pie {Copycat} is a comforting classic dish. A flaky pie crust around creamy chicken and vegetables. You may use leftover turkey in this pot pie. I provide instructions for both large pies and individual Chicken Pot Pies. Gluten free option included.

Costco Chicken Pot Pie slice on a plate

Years ago I bought one of those HUGE Costco Chicken Pot Pies. We really liked it, but it was hard for us to finish considering it was mainly just the two of us eating it. A few years later when I was in a MOPS group, one of my MOPS friends would bring her famous Chicken Pot Pie to group dinners and for meal trains. It reminded me of Costco’s version, but much better!

individual ramekins of Costco Chicken Pot Pie

The original recipe is from Allrecipes and calls for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. My friend’s version uses a rotisserie chicken breast. I have only made it using rotisserie chicken, but I think it would be delicious with leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

This recipe makes enough for 2 full pies. That’s way more than our family will eat, so I experimented with turning it into a freezer meal by making the filling ahead of time and freezing it. It turned out great! I’ve also made it into individual portions using ramekins.

Costco Chicken Pot Pie in ramekin with spoon of filling next to it on the plate

You can make this using store bought pie crust, or make your own crust. My favorite crust is this all butter pie crust. For a gluten free version, I use this recipe for gluten free all butter pie crust.

Chicken Pot Pie Filling

The first step to making these pot pies is to make the filling. First the vegetables are simmered until tender. The original recipe calls for celery, frozen green beans, and a mixture of frozen peas and carrots. My friend uses celery, frozen mixed vegetables, and diced fresh potatoes. Just use whatever you like!

After the vegetables are soft, they are drained and set aside. Next, onions and leeks are cooked in butter until softened. I added in leeks because I love the flavor of leeks in my Panera Copycat Sonoma Chicken Stew. They are completely optional.

Pot pie filling in a saucepan

Once the onions and leeks are cooked, flour and seasonings are added, then chicken broth and milk are slowly whisked in. The mixture is cooked until thickened, then the chicken or turkey and vegetables are stirred in.

At this point, the filling can be added to prepared pie plates or frozen for later use. I have instructions for both methods.

Full Size Chicken Pot Pie

This filling recipe makes enough for 2 full size pies. If you only want to bake 1 pie, you can either cut the recipe in half, or make the full amount of filling and freeze half of it. I have tips for freezing the filling below.

To fill the pot pie, the bottom crust is rolled out and fit into a pie plate.

Pie crust fit into pie plate

The filling is added into the unbaked pie crust.

filling inside pie dough lined pie plate

For the top crust, I like to roll it out on a piece of waxed paper, especially when using gluten free pie crust. It is more fragile than traditional pie crust, so using the waxed paper to transfer the top crust on top of the pie is helpful.

top crust laid on pie with wax paper

After the top crust is placed on top, the waxed paper is carefully removed.

top crust with wax paper peeled off

The edges of the crust are crimped or fluted, and slits cut into the top to allow steam to escape.

top crust with fluted edge and slits cut in top before baking

The pies are baked until golden brown. I bake the pie until the edges look brown, then place a foil ring on top to protect the edges from further browning while the center cooks longer.

baked pie
baked pie from a side view of the crust
view of baked pie to show golden crust

Individual Chicken Pot Pies

Rather than making full size pies, another option is to make individual Chicken Pot Pies in ramekins. Making the pot pies this way gives you more filling and less crust per serving. For this batch, I used half of the filling recipe that I had frozen and reheated and divided it among 4 ramekins. A full batch of filling would make 8 ramekins.

ramekins filled with pot pie filling

I then rolled out pie dough for a single layer pie (a half batch of the gluten free pie crust). Then I flipped a ramekin over to use it as a cookie cutter to make 4 equal circles.

dough rolled on cutting mat cut into circles using ramekin

I transferred each circle on top of the filling, then I used the remaining pie dough to create a border crust. I brushed the crust with some cream (half and half or milk also work).

ramekins on tray with crust on top

I added foil rings to each ramekin to get some color on the crust before removing them to allow the edges to brown. Alternatively, you can bake them uncovered and add the foil ring once the edges begin to brown. I have had trouble with my foil sticking to my gluten free pie crust, so I recommend the latter option if using the gluten free crust.

foil circles covering outer crust on ramekins

The pies are baked until golden brown on top.

Costco Chicken Pot Pie in a ramekin on a plate
Costco Chicken Pot Pie broken open with spoon to show filling

Chicken Pot Pie Freezer Meal

There are several options for making Chicken Pot Pie into a freezer meal. One option is to freeze the filling alone. This can be done by making the full recipe of filling and dividing into two portions: half to use immediately in a pie and half to freeze. I have also frozen both portions of filling in two separate freezer bags.

Costco Chicken Pot Pie filling in freezer bags

The easiest way to freeze the filling is to let it cool then transfer it into a gallon sized resealable bag, press out the air, seal, and lay flat in the freezer. This will take up minimal space in the freezer.

Costco Chicken Pot Pie filling frozen in a freezer bag

Here is a side view of the bag to show you how thin it is!

pot pie filling in a freezer bag

Another method is to pour the filling into a pie dough lined pie plate, cover with the top dough and freeze the entire thing with aluminum foil on top. I have not tried this myself, but it seems like it would work.

Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas for Turkey

One of my favorite recipes for roasted turkey is this Herb Roasted Turkey Breast. The leftover turkey would make great turkey pot pie! While we’re on the subject of Thanksgiving leftovers, save your turkey carcass to make Homemade Turkey Soup! If you’ve never tasted a homemade turkey soup before, you definitely need to try it!

overhead shot of individual ramekins

Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie

Use a cup for cup gluten free flour blend, such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Flour, in place of all purpose flour in the filling. I recommend this all butter gluten free pie dough for the crust.

Costco Chicken Pot Pie Pin

Looking for More Hearty Winter Meals?

Check out my favorite cold weather recipes:
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Cheddar Bay Biscuits {Red Lobster Copycat}
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Turkey Chili
Turkey Lasagna
Rigatoni with Sausage and Peppers
Chicken with Dijon Mascarpone Marsala Sauce
Baked Ricotta Cavatelli in Mascarpone Sauce
Baked Ziti
Skillet Lasagna

Costco Chicken Pot Pie in ramekin with spoon of filling next to it on the plate

Costco Chicken Pot Pie {Copycat}

A homemade Chicken Pot Pie recipe that tastes like Costco's (but better!) Variations include using a rotisserie chicken and using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. This recipe makes 2 whole pies. If 2 pies is too much for your family, I recommend freezing half of the filling to use at a later date. Gluten free option included.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cool Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 16 slices


  • 3 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup leeks, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour (or gluten free flour blend)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 4 cups shredded or cubed cooked chicken or turkey
  • 4 9-inch unbaked pie crusts (2 batches double crust pie dough, see note)
  • cream or milk (for brushing crust, optional)


  • Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F.

Make the Filling

  • Place the peas and carrots, green beans, and celery into a saucepan; cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer over medium-low heat until the celery and potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the vegetables in a colander set in the sink, and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook the onion and leeks until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2/3 cup of flour, salt, black pepper, celery seed, onion powder, and Italian seasoning; slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk until the mixture comes to a simmer and thickens. Remove from heat; stir the cooked vegetables and chicken or turkey meat into the filling until well combined.

For 2 Pies

  • To bake 2 pies, fit 2 pie crusts into the bottom of 2 9-inch pie dishes.
  • Spoon half the filling into each pie crust, then top each pie with another crust. Pinch and roll the top and bottom crusts together at the edge of each pie to seal, and cut several small slits into the top of the pies with a sharp knife to release steam. Brush with cream or milk if desired.

For 1 Pie

  • Transfer half of the filling to a pie dough lined pie plate. Add the top crust, pinch edges, and cut slits in the top. Brush with cream or milk if desired.
  • Let the remaining filling cool, then transfer it to a resealable gallon sized freezer bag, press out the air, seal, and lay flat in freezer to take up minimal space. When ready to use, thaw and warm the filling in a saucepan before pouring into bottom pie crust.

For Individual Pies

  • To make individual pies, roll out pie dough for a single crust pie and use an inverted empty ramekin as a cookie cutter to cut out circles of pie dough. Repeat with the second crust.
  • Divide the filling evenly between 8 ramekins (or fill 4 ramekins and freeze remaining filling). Place circles of pie dough on top of ramekins and add extra pie dough as edge crust. Cut slits in top of each pie. Brush with cream or milk if desired.

Bake the Pies

  • Place a foil ring around the edge crust(s). Bake in the preheated oven until the crusts are golden brown and the filling is bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes. If the crusts are browning too quickly, cover the pies with aluminum foil after about 15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.


You may use store bought pie dough or make your own.  I recommend this All Butter Pie Dough or Gluten Free All Butter Pie Dough
Source: Adapted from Allrecipes and Becky R. 
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword chicken, gluten free, main dish

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