When I saw that Chicken Pot Pie was the first recipe mentioned, I laughed, thinking that this was the recipe that I have been looking for for years! Not so. RS used to publish a simply fabulous column called "Fake It Don't Make It" and the recipe I wanted was in that column from many years ago. I made it for the family at least once a week because we all loved it: fast, tasty, fresh. It involved using canned chicken (now I might use rotisserie chicken), frozen peas and carrots, cream of mushroom soup, seasonings, maybe some milk and/or flour? As I said, I no longer have the recipe but if someone still has it, THAT's the bomb! Five minutes to prepare, then bake, then eat. Couldn't have been better.
This is AWFUL. I would give it zero stars if I could. Bland and unappetizing. I made it exactly as directed, no changes, no substitutions. Note to self: check the reviews in advance. I wish I had done that this time - there is nothing more recent than two years ago! (Feb 2016!) That should tell you something: people either aren't making it or aren't commenting to say that it's good. Skip the time, trouble, and money on this one. I'll be looking for a Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie recipe on Cook's Illustrated or America's Test Kitchen, both of which are infinitely more reliable than Real Simple. BIG. FAIL.
Hubs and I thought it was bland but I will give it another try with some tweaking. Also, think the veggies need a little more time to simmer because they were on the raw side.
79transam try tarragon. I have only made it with dried but I am sure fresh would be good also. I have a recipe that uses it instead of the thyme and also it calls for puff pastry but I am sure the pie crust would be good also.