Divalicious Chicken Pot Pie

This healthy version of chicken pot pie by the Kitchen Diva, Angela Shelf Medearis, uses sweet potatoes to provide a hearty and nutritious filling, and increases the amount of vegetables typically used in the dish. Buttermilk combined with heart-healthy biscuit mix creates a light, easy-to-prepare topping that is far lower in calories but just as flavorful as the traditional pie crust.

Makes 6 servings
2 tbsp heart-healthy butter blend
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp coarse, grainy mustard
1/2 cup flour
2 cups low-fat, low-sodium chicken stock
2 cups water
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 cups (1/2-in) diced, peeled sweet potatoes
1 cup diced cooked chicken
3 cups cooked, fresh vegetables or 2 cups frozen vegetables
2 cups reduced fat all-purpose baking mix
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
Butter-flavored cooking oil spray

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and add in the olive oil. Stir in the onions, garlic, 1 tbsp of the poultry seasoning, 1/2 tsp of the salt and pepper, and the mustard. Cook for 3 minutes until the onions soften. Stir in the flour and cook stirring constantly 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in stock, water, and the Worcestershire sauce until the mixture smooth.

Bring the mixture to a boil and add in the sweet potatoes. Cook on low, stirring frequently until sweet potatoes are tender, 6 to 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken and the vegetables and remove from the pot from the heat. Spray an 8 x 11 in (2 qt) baking dish with the cooking oil. Pour the chicken and vegetable mixture into the pan.

Pre-heat the oven to 400 ° F. Whisk together the baking mix, buttermilk, egg and the remaining 1 tbsp of the poultry seasoning, and the remaining 1/2 tsp of the salt and pepper. Mix until well blended. Spoon the batter over the chicken and vegetables. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the juices bubble around the edges of the pan.

Recipe courtesy of Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva and author of The Kitchen Diva Cooks.