When I think about this dinner, it conjures up images of weary cowboys gathered around a chuck wagon, tin plate in one hand and an empty mug begging to be filled in the other. The sun is setting low over the grasslands and the cattle are quietly mooing off in the distance. The moon, having just woken up, is lazily making its way up into the nights sky, where it will stand watch until it is relieved of its duty in the morning.
Cowboy Pot Pie is a hearty, rustic and wonderfully flavored casserole. It is sure to make its way to your list of must haves!!
Cowboy Pot Pie is a simple meal. Meaning the ingredients are what would be considered basic and probably in your pantry right now. It is also an inexpensive dish to make. I can normally buy every one of the necessary items on sale and I do, regularly. When I see baked beans on sale, I buy quite a few, knowing that I will want to make this casserole with them.
Corn bread is inexpensive to make from scratch, but boxes of cornbread can also be bought for less than a dollar when they are on sale, so I stock up on those. I have mentioned a number of times that I buy large quantities of meat when the price is good and then divide them out into meal sized portions. So, depending on what I have in the freezer is how I know whether I am using skinless boneless breasts, thighs or a whole cut up chicken to make this Cowboy Pot Pie. It doesn’t matter which type of chicken you use, it is delicious every time.
Cowboy Pot Pie is tender chicken, covered in BBQ sauce and surrounded by rich and herbaceous baked beans then topped with golden cornbread. It is baked together into a delicious, hearty, casserole your family will love!!
One of the things I love about this recipe is that I can make it ahead of time and just pop it into the oven when we are all home. I can tell you leftovers are delicious. In fact, that is what I brought to work for my meal today and I had several people asking me what I was heating up in the microwave, because it smelled so good.
I think the thing that makes Cowboy Pot Pie so different is that you are combining Hatch’s green chiles and fresh green onions together and then pureeing them in your food processor. Once you have pureed them, you will add half of the mixture to the beans and half to the cornbread. This weaves a ribbon of flavor throughout the pot pie that is quite delicious!
Cowboy Pot Pie
- 9 x 11 glass baking dish
- 1 28 ounce can of baked beans
- 1 15 ounce can of baked beans
- 2 4 ounce cans Hatch's green chiles
- 2 bunches green onions
- 2 box Jiffy Corn Bread Mix (make as directed on package with total of 2 large eggs and 1/2 cup of milk)
- 6-8 pieces skinless chicken (breasts, thighs, whole) **make sure to remove skin before adding it to the casserole
- 1/2-1 cup BBQ Sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish
- Remove skin from chicken pieces. (Can use a paper towel to help you grip the slippery skin). then place in the bottom of the baking dish. Spoon BBQ sauce over the tops of the chicken.
- Place green onions and green chiles into food processor and puree.
- Pour beans into a bowl and add half of the green chiles and green onion mixture to the beans. Stir to combine and the spoon the beans around the chicken in the baking dish.
- Prepare the cornbread as directed on the package and then add the remaining green chiles and green onion puree to the wet cornbread. Stir gently to combine and spoon the cornbread over the beans primarily, but it can be over the chicken as well.
- Loosely cover with foil to keep cornbread from becoming too brown and place into preheated oven for 30 minutes. At the 30 minute mark, remove foil and place back into oven for another 20-30 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Enjoy!!
This is a favorite of mine that conjures up nostalgia from my early years as a young wife and mother. I was trying so hard to be frugal, yet wanted to hit a home run for dinner. This Cowboy Pot Pie was my home and grand slam! I have made it for over 30 years and we keep craving it, so I keep making it. I hope you give this a try and enjoy the fantastic flavors and rib sticking goodness as much as we do. Enjoy friends!
Cowboy Pot Pie is a family favorite casserole that we want often . Do you have a casserole you have been making a long time and the family just keeps requesting it?