Date: August 28, 2012 | Author: Willow Tree Farm | Leave a Comment
Category: Blogger Reviews, Chicken Pie, Chicken Salad, Uncategorized, Willow Tree
Willow Tree would like to thank the sister foodie team at Baking Me Hungry (http://bakingmehungry.com/2012/08/11/willow-tree-chicken-pot-pie/) for their review of our chicken salad and chicken pie:
Willow Tree Farm really has the best chicken salad we have ever tasted. There are big chunks and smooth shreds of of chicken. There is a slight sweet from brown sugar. The Willow Tree chicken salad is so creamy and so good buttered hot dog rolls and a side of potato chips. We would get it at our deli section and then in the prepared containers.
We have made our own chicken pot pie (BMH’s chicken pot pie), but prefer premade ones sometimes when we just do not have the time to make them from scratch.
We have tried most of of the pot pie products out at supermarkets including the Trader Joe’s chicken pot pie, Swanson’s microwaveable pot pie and many others including The Savory Plate. Often times the gravy is a bit salty, the crust super thin, the filling having only bits of chicken. So far our favorite has been The Savory Plate. We have yet to try the Willow Tree Chicken and Turkey Pies and finally got the opportunity.
We purchased a single serve 8 ounce pie from our local 24 hour Shaws. Although there are several varieties including with vegetables and with bliss potatoes, our store only carries All Meat pies in the small and large sizes. The pies are available in 8 (single serve), 26 (serves 3), & 52 oz. sizes (serves 6), however our local Shaw’s only carried the 8 and 52 ounce sizes. Wish there was the medium sized one, which would be perfect and more flavors.
We preheated the oven to 400 degrees, glazed the top of the pie crust with a bit of milk (per the directions to make the crust even more golden) and waited the 40 minutes. The room permeated with a nice chicken pot pie smell. The large chunks of all white breast meat chicken was substantial. We are used to little bits of brown meat and cubes from other brands, but this were large pieces of white breast meat.
The homestyle gravy itself was so cozy, but a little salty. We needed a glass of water after enjoying the pot pie. The buttery crust top was by far the best crust and part of the pie.
Date: August 6, 2012 | Author: Willow Tree Farm | Leave a Comment
Category: Blogger Reviews, Chicken Pie, Willow Tree
Willow Tree thanks Bridget at Yogurt and Berries for her thoughtful review of Willow Tree Chicken Pie with Classic Vegetables. Visit Bridget’s blog here: http://yogurtberries.blogspot.com/2012/08/willow-tree-farm-chicken-pie.htm
We have posted her review below:
For some reason, chicken pot pies are never something I think of making, or even buying for that matter. I don’t know why though, they are the epitome of comfort food, and it let’s you have “pie” for dinner! Recently, the nice people at Willow Tree Farm asked if I’d like to try out their chicken pot pies to review, and I gladly accepted. Willow Tree is a local family owned and operated company out of Attleboro, MA specializing in chicken…especially chicken pies and chicken salad. In most grocery stores around New England you can find their chicken pies in the freezer section and their chicken salad at the deli. I selected their Chicken Pie with vegetables which had carrots, peas, and green beans.
Preparation is simple, place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 1hr 15min. I took the suggestion on the box to brush the crust with milk first to give it a nice golden brown finish. Before we knew it, dinner was ready. We had simple side salads to go with our meal. The pie technically has 3 servings but if it’s your main course I would say it feeds 2…we had no problem eating the whole thing.
Unlike some chicken pot pies this one only has a top crust which I really like! Most of the time I feel like the bottom crust is just a filler and gets soggy anyways…this also keeps the calories down a bit. I really enjoyed the big hunks of white meat, and the filling was nice and salty…in a good way, at least I thought so. The crust was crisp and golden brown..good, but not as tender and flaky as it could of been. I’d love to see them make a pie with just real butter and/or olive oil, instead of the shortening and soy or palm oils, but that would be my only gripe.
This would be a perfect meal for a brisk fall or winter day when you want something homemade but don’t have the time. Throw one of these pies in the oven, go do your other tasks around the house, and dinner’s ready!
If you live in the area you can also check the Willow Tree Farm retail store in Attleboro where they that pies, chicken salad and so much more! I love their seafood salad and wish I could eat it more often, and they also make an awesome buffalo chicken dip which I ate copious amounts of at a friends house on Superbowl Sunday 🙂
They also have fresh turkeys you can order for the holidays…my “house Thanksgiving” 2 years ago used a Willow Tree bird and it was delicious.
Big thanks to Willow Tree Farm for providing me with the chicken pie!
Disclaimer: I received a coupon for a free chicken pie, but all opinions are always my own.
Do you rely on frozen meals sometimes?? As much as I love cooking everything homemade as often as I can…I also have to be realistic in that I keep my schedule pretty jam packed which leaves very little time for dinner some nights. However, when I do by frozen foods I always makes sure the ingredient list is good and not filled with crap or chemicals 🙂