Impossible Broccoli and Chicken Pie

Some weeks you don’t feel a whole heck of a lot like baking a dessert, and this was one of those weeks. Enter the “Impossible” Pie – a sort of pie-casserole combo. I’ve made a few of these in my time, and while they aren’t really proper pies, they’re fairly easy dinners and it’s pretty easy to ad-lib your own.

“Impossible” is short for “Impossibly Easy,” as in Impossibly Easy Something Something Pie.  I don’t know if it’s a trademarked thing or what since virtually every pie recipe I’ve seen labeled “Impossible” had two things in common – it “bakes its own crust,” and it uses Bisquick.

It is Bisquick

Bisquick (if you’re reading this from outside the USA) is an all-purpose biscuit/pancake/waffle/breading mixture that comes in a friendly box. It’s flour-based and you make various things with it depending on the ratio of water, milk, eggs, or etcetera that you add to it. It’s fairly handy to just have some laying around for making quick breads and breakfasts, and it’s the main ingredient in an “Impossible” pie of any sort.  Here you also see my 10-inch pie plate, which I am about to grease with butter.

Chicken and onions

You can put basically anything in an Impossible pie. The filling for this one was:

1/2 onion, chopped
2 large chicken breasts, chopped up and cooked
1 package of frozen broccoli, thawed on the stove
2 cups of pre-shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking meat

Here’s the broccoli boiling up a bit to thaw while the chicken, already chopped, cooks up on the stove.  OK, actually this is three chicken breasts, but it was probably a bit too much chicken. Use your own judgement on that I guess!  Most recipes I see that call for cooked chicken call for it in “cups” and I think I’ve said before that’s a pretty annoying measurement for meat.

Chicken and broccoli

When the chicken is cooked through, onions properly sweated, and broccoli is thawed, pour it in to the pie plate and mix everything up together.

Then you make the “crust.”

Bisquick mix

This is

3/4 cup Bisquick
1 1/3 cup milk
3 eggs
Season to taste (salt, pepper, sage, thyme, garlic, etc)

Season however you like. I used a little salt and pepper mostly. Seems like I’m out of garlic powder!

Once this is mixed up nicely, pour it on top of your pie “innards” and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes. Check with a knife for doneness.

If you’re using cheese, you can optionally take the pie back out, put some more on the top when it’s almost done, and put it in for another 5 minutes for a cheesy topping.

An Impossible Pie

It comes out looking something like this. Sorry for the excess cheese on my countertop.

This makes a pretty solid dinner, and there are other varieties; you can use hamburger meat or tuna and cheese or different veggies… whatever works.


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