Mini Chicken Pot Pie Bites

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Growing up I was no stranger to chicken pot pies. Granted, the ones my mom and I loved to eat were those packaged Marie Callender’s frozen meals that you stick in the oven, but they were delicious nonetheless and would bake up to flaky perfection. I remember carefully picking out all the peas (which I considered little squishy balls of doom at the time) and ration out the perfect crust-to-filling ratio for every bite. Mhmm… I can almost taste them now.

But wait! I can!

And in fact, I’ve got something even better going for my taste buds. Behold the cuteness that is Mini Chicken Pot Pie Bites:

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s been a craze going on for mini everything. Little mini dogs to fit in your purse, mini iPads, and most of all, mini foods. I swear I can’t go a single day without pinning at least 10 new adorable recipes to my Pinterest boards for smaller versions of any food you could imagine. My favorite so far is a recipe for itty bitty chicken and waffles that’s drizzled with maple syrup and held together by a toothpick. A toothpick for crying out loud. Each bite is the size of a dollar coin and the tininess kills me. SO CUTEEE.

It’s turning into a new obsession and I decided to capitalize on my newfound inspiration by coming up with the perfect combination of comfort food and bite-sized portions. After a quick run to the grocery store, I set my sights on small and got to cooking. This recipe is already speedy as is, but since I’m a self-proclaimed hater of veggie chopping I jumped at the opportunity when I saw the store selling a pre-cut containers of celery, carrots, and onions. To be honest, I usually end up sweet talking my boyfriend, Kyle, into doing the dirty work of dicing and chopping (what can I say, I’m a charmer), but he was out running errands and nowhere to be found. Now that I think about it, he avoided the veggie cutting and strategically came back riiiighhhtt after the pies came out of the oven. Suspicious.

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Anyways, getting back to these little love bites. They are unreal straight out of the oven and combine a buttery and flaky biscuit with a warm and creamy filling that’s chock full of good things. Pre-made biscuit dough makes them even easier to make, but if you’re feeling ambitious, feel free to go right ahead and whip up a homemade batch. They’re extremely versatile as well and would work perfectly as an appetizer, kid-friendly meal, or just a grab-and-go snack. Today I had just pulled out a fresh batch out of the oven when one of my housemates rushed into the house in a flury and tried to gather her things together as fast as possible so she wouldn’t be late to a meeting. While she was running back and forth across the kitchen and dining room area, I handed her a baby pot pie and she continued on her way, only now she obviously was a bajillion times happier because now she had a delicious, adorable, and portable snack to fuel all that running around. Hooray!

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Seriously, though, can anything beat a warm chicken pot pie? I feel like most appetizers are so caught up in needing to be as fancy and polished as possible, when really nothing beats the classic comfort. No food snobbery here! Just a big mouthful of yum!

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